New brews in old breweries

Week 16

Continuing on from last week’s post, here’s more on Shropshire in the form of the Ludlow Brewing Company’s premises in, er, Ludlow. The company started up in 2006, occupying a grade II listed 250-year-old building once used as a maltings. Thus it was then one of around 25 or so microbreweries that have cannibalised, so to speak, older brewery buildings, bringing them back into use doing what they were built for, or – in the case of malthouses – a closely related use. Of course being in good use is one of the best ways of conserving old buildings. Another fine example is the Phoenix Brewery in Heywood (Greater Manchester) which brews in the splendid tower built in 1897 for the original brewery of the same name. Back in Ludlow, the brewery was so successful that by 2008 they had begun to outgrow their old malthouse premises. A disused railway shed next door was converted in 2009-10 (it is very nicely done) to their brewhouse and visitor centre, and the 20 barrel kit – mash tun on the left, copper on right – is on open display. Great way to understand how beer is brewed. And very handy for the railway station too!

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