We complete the Welsh border counties by visiting Shropshire this week with Wales on its Western border and surrounded by Cheshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The area was populated by the Cornovii people pre Roman with remains of hill forts still to be found on the Wrekin. Roman occupation was based around Viroconium Cornoviorum, modern day Wroxeter. After the Romans retreated the area came under the influence of Welsh Powys until the 8th century when it was annexed into the Angle Kingdom of Mercia. Under the Normans the county became centred on castles at Shrewsbury and Ludlow. The border with Wales wasn’t settled until the 16th Century.
Geographically the county is split into 2 halves, the North Shropshire plain stretching from the River Severn valley to the Cheshire border and the Southern Shropshire hills and the more rural South West. Much of the industrial part of the county was centred around Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and the towns that now make up the new town of Telford. While Shrewsbury remains the county town, the largest is now Telford. Other large settlements are Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Newport and Ludlow.
On Ratebeer we have a total of 37 breweries, 21 of which remain open and 16 sadly closed. Just 4 of these are Client / Commissioner breweries.
The oldest brewery we have a record for is the Three Tuns Brewery, Brewpub of Bishops Castle (Est 1642). Although the brewery probably hasn’t brewed for the whole of the time it has been in being it remains the oldest licensed brewery site in Britain. The main building we can see now is a Victorian tower built in 1888. In 2003 the brewery was sold to John Roberts Brewing Co. since which brewing capacity has been increased to supply a larger customer base.
The Brewery with the largest range in Shropshire is Salopian Brewery of Hadnall (Est 1995) with a total of 288 beers.
In the 2020 Ratebeer awards the Best Brewery was awarded to Salopian Brewery, also the Best Beer was given to Salopian / Polly’s Brew Marches. No new Brewery award was made.
The Top 10 beers for the county are –
- Salopian Polygraph
- Salopian Kashmir
- Salopian Boomerang
- Salopian Blindspot
- Salopian Bulletproof
- Salopian Nephilim
- Salopian Midnight Express
- Salopian Aphellon
- Salopian Dead Drop
- Salopian Automaton
The Top Pubs / Bars in Shropshire are –
- Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury – 91
- Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth – 81
- Crown, Telford Oakengates – 81
- Cock Hotel, Telford Wellington – 79
- Old Fighting Cocks, Telford Oakengates – 79
- Moonshine and Fuggles, Ironbridge – 79
- Bailey Head, Oswestry – 79
- Tap & Can, Shrewsbury – 79.
There are also 2 highly rated beer stores in the county.
- Rad Beer, Hadnall – 81
- Sophie’s Beer Store, Shrewsbury – 80
The Top 5 Raters of Shropshire beers are –
You will require just 37 beers to get into the top 50 Raters for Shropshire.
The top Rater who resides in Shropshire is
@BlackHaddock whom we all know is very active on here.