A family-owned Midland brewery has moved to larger premises to keep up with growing demand.
To celebrate the move, Weatheroak Brewery has launched a special beer called Victoria Works – named after its new headquarters in Studley, Warwickshire – which is currently being supped at more than 40 pubs in a 30-mile radius.
The business, run and staffed by Dave Smith, his wife Pat and 31-year-old son Tobias, moved into Victoria Works from their original home in Alvechurch after a period of increasing demand for its range of ales.
Weatheroak has taken a 3½-year lease in a deal arranged by business property consultants John Truslove with landlords Pall Mall Investments.
The brewery, which started in 1998, continues to expand despite the severe effect of the recession in the licensed trade.
Dave Smith, aged 56, said: “We still want to take on new pubs and are currently looking at the prospect of selling our beer in bottles.”
The range includes the popular Light Oak, Weatheroak Ale and Keystone Hops beers ranging in strength from 3.6 per cent to five per cent.
The company will remain in business at its off licence in Withybed Lane, Alvechurch, which has been in operation since November 1999.