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Joseph Herbert Smith Traditional Brewers

Fox Inn, Hanley Broadheath, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8QS

tel: 01886 853189     e-mail jhsbrewery@yahoo.co.uk

visited by Wakefield CAMRA Saturday 30 January 2010

At the time of our visit the brewhouse, built in the shell of an old barn, is almost complete but to satisfy the planners, those pvcu dormer windows will have to come out.

Pub landlord and graduate brewer Jonathan Smith, who had a grounding at Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, shows us the steelwork that will support a a custom-made mini-tower brewery with rthe grist case on the floor above. Originally Jonathan's brother, a steel fabricator,  was co-brewer but his untimely death a couple of years ago knocked things for six and completion of the brewplant is only now in sight, expected to be Spring 2010. Meanwhile the beers are being brewed at a temporary location in an industrial plant where the brewing vessels have to be mounted on pallets and stacked away after a brewing day. All beers are made without adjuncts and would comply with the Reinheitsgebot!

At the new location the waste water passes through a series of settling tanks before finding its way into a beck a couple of kilometres away.

The brewery's flagship light mild id called Amy's Rose so you can guess the name of Jonathan's daughter who helps with serving food. It's quite a family affair as Jonathan's son Nathan, now in his final year at school, has played quite a part in designing the brewery

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