History of the Beers

Wood’s are known for brewing a remarkable variety of real ales, mostly available on draught with a few of them also being bottled.

The Wood’s range of year-round draught ales have been joined by a selection of seasonally-available beers and there is also a spread of special occasion brews to further tantalise the drinking tastebuds. All are listed on this site.

The original Wood’s Special pump clip

The first beer to come out of the Wood Brewery in 1980 was the chestnut-coloured Special, a 4.2% ABV real ale that has proved popular down the decades.

As the family and staff got to grips with brewing, Special was soon joined by other beers which have become mainstays of Wood’s collection.

Parish is a 4% bitter with a bright and refreshing flavour.

Wonderful is what it says on the label – good and strong! It’s a 4.8% dark bitter with a memorably satisfying taste.

Christmas Cracker is what its name suggests, a seasonal beer with the character you would expect of a 6% premium winter warmer. Cracker is one of the Wood’s beers that is also available in bottles.

Heroes and Legends

Colin James and Edward Wood launch Goal King with the late Arthur Rowley at Shrewsbury Town’s old Gay Meadow ground.

MD Edward Wood dressed as ancient warrior Caractacus to launch King o the Hills underneath Caradoc hill near Church Stretton.

In the 1990s, MD Edward Wood, proud of his Shropshire heritage, had the idea of producing a series of special beers to celebrate some of Shropshire’s best known people and places. Under the title of ‘Shropshire Heroes and Legends’, individual beers were designed and brewed for people such as the first cross-Channel swimmer, Captain Matthew Webb, evolution theorist Charles Darwin and the Football League’s all-time leading goalscorer, the Shrewsbury Town legend Arthur Rowley.

Giving £575 to the Scouts, raised by drinkers of Purple Haze, which celebrated the beauty of the LongMynd hills and the endurance feats of people completing the 50-mile LongMynd Hike challenge.

One of these beers, Wood’s Shropshire Lad, was produced in 1996 to celebrate the centenary of the publication of AE Housman’s poem collection of that name. This beer proved so popular that it has been brewed ever since to become Wood’s best seller, both on draught as a 4.5% ruby bitter, and in bottles as a slightly stronger 4.8% beer.

Another in the series, Pot o’ Gold, has been voted Britain’s Best Bitter at the Small Independent Brewers’ Association national awards and this golden, eminently drinkable beer is also now a regular draught and bottled beer.

The traditionally styled Shropshire Lad has lately been joined by a strikingly beautiful blonde companion, Shropshire Lass, which is gaining rapid popularity.

The Wood’s Brewcrew (follow them on Twitter) are always up for a bit of fun the launch of any new Shropshire Heroes and Legends beer has generally been the cue for fancy dress and the brandishing of beer before a camera! Wood’s have also made donations to many local charities associated with the individual personalities or locations.