Battlefield Brewery

Battlefield Brewery


My name is Graham Bulger, I’m the
Managing Director of Battlefield Brewery and we’re a new brewery in Shropshire, we brew
lager, cask ales and we are me bottle be here also. We saw this site back in two
thousand twelve it was an old cold store that used to be associated to the cattle
market so when we saw the site come up for sale and we
were planning on opening a brewery so this is an ideal location. We had
significant help from the Council it was really important to us that the retail
frontage and where the Tesco and park and ride site where, we had access on to
that retail frontage, because otherwise we would have just been a separate
industrial site and the Council were very very supportive and helpful in
negotiating and totally changing the site completely. Also end up in the planning
process get this business centre and the shop and then the way the building looks
and feels now was really vitally important. Well we’ve brewing here and now
full time for over 12 months and you know experienced rapid growth we’re really pleased and we see that
growth continuing in the next two, three, five years time so we’re confident that
original business plan will be more than met with Shropshire. Most of the smaller
brewers don’t actually brew a lager product so you know we did we developed
a product called Shopshire lager a number of months ago and launched that back in December and
that’s gone tremendously, well quite unique for us here we see the future for us is in a
different way than most of the smaller brewers do in that we we see kegg
products that can enable to be served by restaurants and bars and hotels has been
a major part of our business but part of what we do here is we try to keep
everything in house we have from the very start we mill our
own grains we invested in a in our own mills we could mill own grain to the specific
tolerances that we require for the type of beer that we brew, also that we try
not to send anything away we try to do everything in-house from bottle in and
kegg in and and putting everything in cask right through to the said the laboratory
equipment you have enables us to test the beer ourselves without a taking it
outside. Sector is definitely growing and not just
in Shropshire but right across the West Midlands and we see a Shropshire base as being really important
and so you know for us being in Shropshire is a really positive
thing in that a lot of food and drink is produced in Shropshire which is not well
received throughout the throughout the whole of the UK, so being in Shropshire is
a real important part for us consumers see us as a product that got real
strong roots. Shropshire is a great location for us
for a number of reasons, firstly the people there’s a good pool of resources here
in people and skills and secondly a lot of people think Shropshire
sort of out of the way but perhaps the wrong view because it’s a really central
you know it gives us access to the whole of the West Midlands and and Cheshire
and beyond for a really good good central location. From our point of view we’ve had nothing but good experience of
starting a business here from scratch hopefully quite a large and successful,
business you know from the help from the local authority to the pool of
resources and people to the location and then the geographics of being located in
Shropshire gives easy access, right across the midlands it’s been a success story for us and
there’s a beating heart here in Shropshire a lovely feeling you know the
people of Shropshire love being here and as a sort of really welcoming feeling as well
and so that’s really really nice. We’ve invested two million pounds in
this site so far from from the acquisition of the site to the
installation of all the equipment and the business so far and it’s been a
fabulous site for us, grown in value since we started and you know is so
confident now that we’re just building a 28,000 square-foot, warehouse next door
that we may need for future development and we’ve easily found a tenant for that
next door as well so you know another the growing business so we see being
Shropshire a real a real positive thing that will continue to invest and grow
our business here.

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