BROMSGROVE’S Bird’s Brewery and the shop will be closing their doors at the end of March.
The decision has been taken after Ladybird Crane Hire Ltd, which operates from the same site on Old Burcot Lane, is moving to a newly-built yard and office at the former HMP Brockhill site.
The brewery’s administrative work used to be done by the crane hire company’s staff but the transition means that will no longer be an option.
Owner Chris Bird said: “Whilst the brewery and the shop have thrived over recent months it is not commercially viable to employ additional staff to handle the admin requirements.
“Further to this we would need to move the shop to the back of the site where the brewery is based and the cost implications simply outweigh revenue potential.
“We have not taken this decision lightly and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported Bird’s Brewery over the years.”
Paul Richards, the chairman of Redditch and Bromsgrove CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) said the group was disappointed.
“Bird’s has helped to champion the cause of real ale in North Worcestershire, and Bromsgrove in particular.
“We’ve enjoyed some great beers from the brewing team such as Black Widow Stout and Naturally Blonde.
“We hope someone else is able to step up and fill the gap that the demise of Birds will inevitably leave.”
Bird’s Brewery has developed a strong and loyal following of fans since it was established nearly six years ago.
A refurbishment of the brewery took place last winter and a schedule of brewery tours was launched in January.
The date of the last tour will be March 19 and bookings will be subject to a maximum of 15 people.
Anyone who has a brewery tour voucher but is unable to attend the March tour should contact the Brewery direct on 01527 889 870 (during weekday working hours).
Those presenting unredeemed vouchers will be offered either a £10 refund or the opportunity to select £15 worth of Bird’s beer from the brewery shop.