The last thing a newly- retired couple usually want to do is work, right? Not so for Frodsham Brewery owners, Barrie and Hazel Davidson! Instead of settling for a quieter life without the Monday to Friday 9 to 5 ‘working for the man’, their years since retiring have been spent learning the skills of beer-making and building up a micro-brewery business that is now enjoying great success.
In 2004 the wheels started turning with the Davidson’s decision to open their own brewery. After leaving his job with a local authority Barrie went back to school to complete a practical brewing course at BREWLAB, within the University of Sunderland. Now armed with the necessary knowledge and skills next on the couple’s list was to find a suitable location to set up business. Unfortunately, although their desire was to start their brewery locally, their plans to set up within the old disused Railway Station at Frodsham did not come to fruition. Thinking that the plans for the station would go ahead the couple had named their brewery Stationhouse.
The Davidson’s ended up in Ellesmere Port and while they were able to brew their unique beer recipes their desire to be in their beloved Frodsham kept them looking for suitable premises. After three years in Ellesmere Port their chance finally arrived and with the help of the Vale Royal Borough Council and the town regeneration group Frodsham Forward they were finally able to ‘set up shop’ close to home. Changing the brewery name from Stationhouse to Frodsham was the next logical step.
During the years Barrie has perfected his craft, brewing some of the finest beers in the UK. As early as 2005 the couple starting winning awards for their quality crafted ales, their reputation growing along with sales. Their customer base has grown accordingly, with demand being steady. While the Frodsham Brewery is considered a micro-brewery there is nothing ‘small’ about the couple’s enthusiasm for producing beers that will please even the most discerning palate. Their recipes are their own, and are not based on any other brewer’s offerings. Barrie continues to experiment with flavors to produce beers that he thinks may be enjoyed by visitors to the brewery, keeping some permanently in their small range while dropping others in favor of his new brews, using only the finest natural ingredients.
Frodsham Brewery beers have taken home some prestigious awards; most notable are the Gold and Silver awards SIBA North 2009 and Frodsham Beer Festival 2009 for their Frodsham 800 bitter beer.
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