West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has welcomed a local craft beer producer who is looking to expand into pubs across the region using hops grown just metres from the brewery.
Harriett visited Spilsbury and Jones Brewing Company which produces speciality ales for sale at its own brewery in Stanford Bridge and also in local pubs across the Teme Valley.
The company was founded by Tom Spilsbury, who is local hop grower and craft brewer Tony Jones after the pair met at a show in Tenbury Wells.
“The hop growing industry is so important to our local economy and it was great to hear how locally grown crops are going straight into locally-brewed beers.
“This is a classic example of a company who was able to access support for hospitality business through the pandemic to grow and expand and I was given a tour of the impressive tap room and outdoor dining area.
“I’ve spoken up for our local hop growers in Parliament and I am keen to see further support as they are facing extremely difficult market conditions at the moment.
“Smaller producers of beer and cider are extremely important to our local economy and I hope that the Spilsbury and Jones Brewing Company is able to expand and thrive over the coming years.”
Tom Spilsbury added:
“The covid loan really helped us out, and off the back of this it has allowed us to invest in our own brewing kit and secure two full time positions and multiple part time positions.”
Photo: Harriett Baldwin MP pours a pint at the Tap Room with (l-r) , Jessica Skipp, Barnaby Freeman, Tony Jones and Tom Spilsbury.