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Ludlow Brewing Company

Kingsley Garage, 105 Corve Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1DJ

Telephone 01584 873291, e-mail beer@theludlowbrewingcompany.co.uk   brewery website

Visit by Wakefield CAMRA, who braved flooded roads on 21st July 2007, consequent on an invitation issued by the brewer when the brand new Ludlow Gold was ordered for Merrie City 2006! Follow this link to a Picasa Web Album with higher resolution versions of these and several more pictures of the brewery. If the link only takes you as far as the Picasa Welcome Page, simply type or copy these key words into the Photo search: Ludlow Wakefield CAMRA

Well over an hour late after struggling through floods between Craven Arms and Ludlow, and then a blocked bridge on entry to the town, a party from Wakefield CAMRA arrived at the Ludlow Brewing Company. An invitation to visit had been issued by brewer Gary Walters when he was phoned for tasting notes for Ludlow Gold, a brand new beer recommended as a "must have" by Roger Greenfield of Halesowen's Traditional English Ales - he was furnishing the beers for the West Midlands Bar at the 2006 Merrie City Beer Festival.

.Gary relates how he, a joiner by trade, converted the former maltings and, latterly a spare parts store for restored commercial vehicles, into a brewehouse. The rim of the copper seems to be his favourite perch.

Notice the roof timbers: although nearly all the rafters in this photo have been replaced, the purlins are original and at this end of the building the roof is supported by an old English cruck. 

Gary uses Muntons and Warminster malt, hops from the county of Hereford & Worcester  with a yeast strain that originated at nearby Hobsons. His flagship brew is the 4.1% Ludlow Gold, with the darker fruitier Boiling Well at 4.7%. A third regular beer should be the session strength Ludlow Best.

Wakefield CAMRA Chairman, Mark Goodair presents a commemorative certificate to brewer Gary Walters, who still can't get over our making it through the floods to Ludlow.

The Nelson Inn is at Rocks Green, just outside Ludlow on the Bridgnorth road. Good Beer Guide 2007 listed, it's renowned for its selection of real ales, and was one of the first pubs to take Ludlow beers. Equally renowned are landlady Diana Powell's hand cut real chips which she kindly rustled up for a starving busload of Wakefield CAMRA members, who'd found themselves too late for lunchtime food in the town. Note also the storm clouds overhead!