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Wood’s hit 5,000 brew milestone

We’re busy producing brew number 5,000 at Wistanstow this week – that’s around 30 million pints of beer since we started back in 1980.


We’re brewing one of our best sellers, Shropshire Lass, as the landmark brew. It comes just over 33 years after the first barrels of Wood’s Special were rolled out of the former stables behind the Plough Inn.


“We reckon that we’ve brewed almost 30 million pints since my father Basil and brother Anthony started the brewery,” says Managing Director Edward Wood (pictured below). The family started the brewery as part of the movement to continue producing ‘real ale’ at a time when the major brewers were shifting draught beer production exclusively to long-life ‘keg’ beers.


The Wood Brewery is still in its original village location, but has grown dramatically since the early days. It started with a capacity of seven 36-gallon barrels a week. Today it can turn out over 100 barrels a week from a much-extended brewery.


“No-one dreamt we would get this far or grow this big – 5,000 brews of beer and tens of millions of pints is a heck of a lot of beer from one small brewery in the middle of South Shropshire. We’re delighted,” said Edward.