Shropshire brewery scoops its first award

A Shropshire brewery has scooped its first accolade after impressing judges at Shrewsbury Beer Festival.

Dickensian Brewery’s pale ale, David Hopperfield, was named as runner-up in the Shropshire Brewer’s Challenge, and was up against 15 other beers produced by breweries in the county.

Mark Nadany, who only took over the reins at Dickensian Brewery four months ago, said he was delighted with the award so soon after taking the brewery on.

He said: “This was the first festival we supplied since I came on board so it’s really satisfying to be rated so highly by the judging panel.

“Shropshire has a wealth of breweries producing some fantastic beers, so it’s a real feather in the cap to be shortlisted in such a strong field.”

Dickensian Brewery was established in Roden, near Shrewsbury, two years ago and was taken on by Mr Nadany in July.

He said: “The two guys who originally set up the brewery couldn’t carry on due to other commitments so put it up for sale earlier this year.

“I have been brewing since 1998 and previously worked at a brewery in Leicestershire but I was eager to run my own brewery so jumped at the chance of taking this on.”

Mr Nadany said his initial plan was to establish the brewery’s existing five beers - a best bitter, ‘Ale of Two Cities’, a blonde, ‘Martin Guzzlewit’, a wheat beer, ‘Great Fermentations’ and an American pale ale, ‘Nicolas Nickle Beer’, as well as the David Hopperfield pale ale.

“They are a good selection of brews,” he said. “I have made some tweaks which I think has improved them and we are getting good feedback from the pubs we have been supplying.

“Now that I have got my feet under the table I am hoping to increase our brewing volume and supply more pubs across Shropshire and beyond.”

The brewery is based in Roden, near Shrewsbury, and currently has a capacity of eight barrels per brew, which Mr Nadany is looking to expand as demand grows.

“We have our sights set high,” he added. “And we hope this award will give us a kick start and help get our beers into more pubs across the county.

“We just want to brew the finest beer we can and are keen for it to be enjoyed by as many people as possible.”

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