Frodsham Brewery was founded in 2005 by newly retired husband and wife team, Barrie and Hazel Davidson. The pair had a dream to start a small business in their beloved home town but while they had plans to open a café initially Barrie took a course in beer-making and they couple tried to open a brewery in the old Frodsham Railway Station. That location did not come to fruition. Undaunted the couple set up business in a nearby Ellesmere Port and began brewing several different beers using their own unique recipes and only the finest, natural ingredients.
It wasn’t long before Stationhouse Brewery (as they were called then) started winning awards for some of their craft beers and their recognition as a brewer of fine craft beers began to grow. After about three years in that location they were able to relocate to the Lady Heyes Craft Centre in Frodsham in 2007 and in 2009 changed their name to Frodsham Brewery as they were known from then on. The couple employed a couple of staff members to help them, mainly with sales and deliveries, and their customer base grew steadily over the next few years, with their beers being sold both around the local area and further afield. The brewery liked to keep around 18 different beers at any given time, and when Barrie created a new beer he would drop brewing of one of the others rather than add to their stock number.
More awards were to follow, with most notable being for their Frodsham 800, a beer made to commemorate the anniversary of the town. It won first prize at the Frodsham Beer Festival and later went on to win two more regional awards. Interestingly enough Barrie refers to this beer as being made “accidentally’ as at the time he was asked to create a new beer for the anniversary he had just received some hops from New Zealand and was keen to try them.
Frodsham Brewery grew a fan base both locally and internationally. Their range of craft beers appeared in a number of beer festivals across the UK, and while they didn’t always win first prize the consensus of opinion was that their beers were very good.
The Frodsham Brewery also ran a shop on-site which sold their bottled beers as well as creative gift items designed with beer lovers in mind. At one time the shop also offered their customers the opportunity to create their own labels to put on beer bottles as a gift idea. Tours of the brewery were available and Barrie would often talk to customers and answer any questions they may have had about the brewing process.
Sadly, after over 10 years putting Frodsham Brewery ‘on the map’ Barrie and Hazel Davidson decided to hang up the apron and retire from the beer brewing business. To mark their imminent closing they ran a buy-one-get-one-free on their 12 packs of beer until stocks ran out, and then the doors closed for good in early 2016, marking the end of Frodsham Brewery’s great run. Gone but not forgotten by their fans locally, in outlying areas and in some cases worldwide.