This week takes us back into the West Midlands and a county that includes the spiritual home of British brewing. At one point one quarter of all beer sold in Britain was produced in Burton on Trent. Landlocked and centrally located it is a county much reduced in size after the annexation of the Black Country to the West Midlands. The largest haul of Anglo Saxon Gold was discovered in Staffordshire showing its importance at the centre of Mercia. The moorland areas of Cannock chase are within its borders also the Peak District is to the North of the county. Staffordshire is home to the highest village in Britain with Flash.
The principal towns and cities in the county are Stoke on Trent (the largest) then Lichfield, Stafford, Burton on Trent, Cannock and Newcastle under Lyme.
On Ratebeer we have a total of 58 Breweries, 45 currently active and 13 closed. Of these 7 are Client / Commissioner Breweries.
The oldest still active Brewery we have on Ratebeer is Marston’s of Burton on Trent (Est 1834), which was actually taken over by Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery but the name Marston’s was taken on, the company has recently merged with Carlsberg UK. The brewery had a relatively slow growth until it was moved to the Albion Brewery in 1898. It was one of the many breweries taking advantage of the particular water type where the gypsum gives a deep flavour and crisp bitterness. Of the many Burton Breweries that traded on the Burton location the more famous would be Bass and Ind Coope. Bass (Est 1777), now owned by Molson Coors, was by 1877 the largest Brewery in the world, supplying much of the British Empire. They have the oldest British trademark, which is still in use. Ind Coope can be traced back to 1799 when Edward Ind bought the Star Brewery in Romford, later to be moved to Burton and amalgamated with Coope Brewery. Both breweries lost their identities with the many mergers and buy outs to hit the brewing industry.
In the Ratebeer awards for 2020 the Best Brewery was awarded to Titanic Brewery of Stoke on Trent (Est 1985). The Best beer was Marston’s Owd Roger, no award for new Brewery was made.
The Top 10 Beers in Staffordshire are –
- Bass P2 / Czars Imperial Stout R
- Bass No 1 / Kings Ale R
- Lymestone Stone Dead
- Titanic Iron Curtain Russian Stout
- Beowulf Killer Stout
- Titanic Plum Porter Grand Reserve
- Museum Bullion
- Titanic Cappuccino Stout
- Burton Bridge Empire Pale Ale
- Beowulf Dragon Smoke Stout
The Top Bars / Pubs in Staffordshire are –
- Coopers Tavern, Burton on Trent – 89
- Burton Bridge Inn, Burton on Trent – 84
- Den Engel, Leek - 77
- Fountain Inn, Leek – 76
- White Star (Titanic), Stoke on Trent – 76
- Hop Inn, Newcastle under Lyme – 76
- Beerbohm, Lichfield – 76
There are also highly rated Bottle Shops in the county –
- Simply Local, Burtonwood – 91
- Otter’s Tears, Stoke on Trent – Burslem – 83
- Bottle Craft, Stoke on Trent – Hanley – 80
The Top 5 Raters of Staffordshire Beers are –
The Rater who resides in Staffordshire with the most overall Ratings is –
@Towey1989 who we unfortunately haven’t seen rating since Feb 2020.
The highest currently rating is @jrh2254