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Our Brewery

The Black Country Ales Brewery has been established through a genuine love of traditional ales. We brew our outstanding selection of beers using only the finest ingredients to the highest possible standards.

Brewing started on the site around 1834 by Edward Guest (a butcher by trade) as a side line for his local customers. The Guest family brewed for many years before passing the business on to Eli Bradley in 1870. The Bradleys carried on the tradition of producing hand-crafted real ales of quality for six generations but this finally ceased just after World War II and the brewery was moth balled.

Robin Shields is our master brewer, and has a long and varied career in the industry. Highly qualified and having worked at senior levels in large organisations, Robin is now keen to make his own mark in a more individual organisation offering quality real ale products. Having now created a superb brewing environment in limited space, and having refined our classics, he is turning his mind to visions of the future, and would welcome any feedback and suggestions from our customers. He can be contacted via

Today much of the original equipment remains on view alongside all new micro brewery plant, and so, once again, this gem of West Midlands brewing heritage is serving up the finest hand crafted Black Country Ales to discerning drinkers all over the county.

Robin is pleased to announce the celebration of our 1000th brew with Millennial Pale Ale, a hefty 6% made with American Hops and British malt. Available Spring 2015 only. Robin’s marvellous Chain Ale will be back in summer 2015 to celebrate Black Country Day!