Underfloor heated brewery celebrates 10-year anniversary
Back in 2011, a former railway shed in Ludlow, Shropshire opened as a dedicated taproom and brewery. This year, it’s celebrating a decade of success making beer and serving loyal customers with a freshly made pint on site.
The Ludlow Brewing Company sympathetically refurbished the Victorian-era building, giving it a brand-new purpose. The founders managed an in-depth restoration project that saw the derelict structure, which was 154 years old at the time, transformed into fully functional brewing plant.
With a 20-barrel capacity, the brewery was able to produce 25,000 pints per week. The refurbishment featured a bar and tap room, along with a mezzanine and stage levels to make the most of the available space offered by the former railway shed’s loft vaulted ceilings.
Speaking to the Ludlow Advertiser, owner Gary Walters commented on the brewery’s anniversary:
“We’re proud to achieve this milestone. It has been an eventful 10 years with so many highlights and happy memories.”
The renovations involved the inclusion of many environmentally sound and innovative features, using renewable energy sources wherever possible. Heat reclaimed from the onsite brewing processes has been harnessed to fuel the underfloor heating system, while solar power panels were fitted to the roof and rainwater collection solutions were also installed.
Despite these modern methods for energy consumption at the brewery, the restoration was conducted with consideration of retaining the historic building’s rich heritage. A combination of ancient and new materials was used to keep the shed’s original fabric while ensuring it would still be comfortable for customers.