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Stonehouse Brewery
Stonehouse, Weston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9ES   Tel: 01691 676457

e-mail: info@stonehousebrewery.co.uk       website: www.stonehousebrewery.co.uk

visited by Wakefield CAMRA, Saturday 27th October 2007

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Stonehouse Brewery is housed in a cavernous former chicken shed next to the Cambrian Railway, a preserved line which is going nowhere at the moment.
Brewer Shane Parr grew up in Oz but developed a passion for brewing the English way, already winning awards after the first six months in production at Stonehouse. Previously Shane brewed at Offa's Dyke Brewery, quite a different style of operation. He is married to Welsh born Alison whose engineer father he has dragged out of retirement to help fit up the brewery. Both Alison and her father can be seen on the web album. Shane must have enough spare vessels to set up at least four breweries of his current capacity but fortunately space is something he isn't short of !
On the right is Shane and Alison Parr's cottage.

The forklift is a vital piece of brewing equipment. Chicken sheds may be wide but they have low roofs. The grist case (see web album) is filled at ground level, then the forklift raises it above the mash tun. Two fillings of the grist case are required per full 15 barrel brew.

The kettle was one of the many ex-dairy vessels and never intended to be used for boiling. The remarkably efficient heating is provided by an adaptation of a large central heating furnace. The interior is shown on the web album.

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