Town to open first brew­ery in 70 years

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A STAFFORD­SHIRE town is get­ting its very own brew­ery for the first time in more than 70 years.

The Tam­worth Brew­ing Com­pany will craft a va­ri­ety of beers and ales in a Tam­worth-made mash tun in Mar­ket Street.

Owner Ge­orge Green­away, who is also chair­man of the Lich­field, Sut­ton and Tam­worth Cam­paign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is de­lighted to add his name to Tam­worth’s brew­ing his­tory more than half a cen­tury on from the clo­sure of Mor­gan & Co Brew­ers.

“We’ve got a Tam­worth-made mash tun which will pro­duce 20 casks,” he said. “It’s an ab­so­lute beast. I’m lo­cal to Tam­worth and there hasn’t been a brew­ery since Mor­gan’s.

“When the op­por­tu­nity for the premises came up, we be­gan col­lab­o­rat­ing with the coun­cil – it just seemed like the right time to do it.

“It’s been in de­vel­op­ment for six months and we’re quite fur­ther for­ward on bud­get than I thought, with­out in­clud­ing any banks or fi­nan­cial in­vestors.

“We’ve had lots of peo­ple ask­ing, ‘When’s it go­ing to be ready?’ but they all un­der­stand that there are con­straints. I’ve been in­volved with CAMRA for eight to nine years, the other mem­bers have been very sup­port­ive and the brew­ery will be pro­moted at Tam­worth Beer Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber.”

“This street will be­come a cul­tural quar­ter and we can cap­i­talise on that by hav­ing a niche of­fer­ing,” added Mr Green­away.

“There’s not many town cen­tres that have a brew­ery be­cause most are lo­cated at in­dus­trial es­tates.

“This re­ally is a unique propo­si­tion for the town it­self and its re­gen­er­a­tion.”

Mr Green­away spoke about how his pas­sion for brew­ing be­gan.

“I guess it was a rev­e­la­tion dur­ing a trip to York, where I dis­cov­ered ale,” he said. “I tried it with a real ale group and never looked back – I found that pas­sion for it.”

The brew­ery will be just a stone’s throw from Tam­worth Cas­tle and mere me­tres away from the former Mor­gan & Co Brew­ers site, which was re­placed in 1946 by Gold And Was­sall, which was forced to re­lo­cate from Birm­ing­ham due to dam­age sus­tained to their former build­ing dur­ing the war.

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Ge­orge Green­away who is launch­ing the Tam­worth Brew­ing Com­pany

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