Local drinks producers to be celebrated at Shropshire Oktoberfest

Shropshire Oktoberfest has fast become the county’s biggest drinks festival in the two years since it launched. The festival organisers are reported to be avoiding mainstream beer brands, instead focusing on bringing together the region’s best brewers and drinks aficionados to celebrate what Shropshire has to offer.

Shropshire Festivals Director of Fun, Beth Heath, comments, “Food has always been at the heart of my work, therefore I ensure all of our events champion fantastic local food and drinks producers, and Shropshire Oktoberfest is no exception. This county has a wealth of talented drinks producers, and I want this event to shine a light on Shropshire’s finest. We’re proud to shy away from the big, mainstream beer brands. We are all about great taste and celebrating our local talent.”

With a tagline of ‘Great Shropshire Beer’ the presence of the Wood Brewery at Shropshire Oktoberfest was to be predicted. The brewery, which turns forty next year, will be bringing their core range beers to the event. Shropshire Lad, a premium bitter, was launched in 1996 to celebrate the centenary of the first publication of a Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman. It has since become a much-loved beer in the region. Its counterpart, Shropshire Lass, offers a very different taste, with a citrus aroma, crisp flavour and hints of grapefruit.

Wood’s will also be serving their session pale ale, Born & Bred, and their modern IPA, Take 5. Take 5 was launched following a people’s vote at last year’s Shropshire Oktoberfest, where drinkers voted on a new beer recipe. The winning formula recently won first place in the Professional Choice Award at Ludlow Food Festival’s Ale Trail.

For the first time at Shropshire Oktoberfest, a brand new craft beer will debut. Ironbridge Beer Factory will have two vegan friendly beers on sale at the festival.

One of the beers on offer will be Coracle, which is an American style IPA that is brewed using a variety of hops from the Pacific North West of the USA. Coracle recently picked up a Gold Medal at the Regional SIBA (West and Wales) awards. 

Ironbridge Beer Factory will also have a Belgium style white beer called Kelmis on sale.  All of the beers’ names take inspiration from the Ironbridge area and the industrial revolution. 

Another new addition to this year’s event will be a wine bar from Shrewsbury’s new vineyard, Hencote. Hencote will be serving up their selection of wines, including a new sparkling variety. With the vineyard less than three miles from the festival site at Shrewsbury’s Quarry, drinkers will be able to enjoy wine with very low food miles, reducing their carbon footprint and supporting another great Shropshire producer.

Shropshire Okoberfest takes place on October 4 and 5. Tickets are available from shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk/tickets