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Stewponey back on the map
Black Country beer lovers have a new watering hole to visit – as long as it’s on a Saturday!
A decade after one of the region’s most iconic pubs called time on drinkers – bosses at Stourbridge RFC’s Stourton Park have done their bit to bring it back to life.
Club chairman Dick Jeavons-Fellows was on hand for Saturday’s official opening of the Stewponey Bar, named after the famous Stewponey pub that was demolished seven years ago.
And to help pour the first pint of Enville Brewery’s Simpkiss Bitter was brewery director Jerry Hedges and Chris Fellows, daughter of one of the pub’s most popular landlords, Fred Phillips.
“To many people in the area, the Stewponey was a landmark in their lives – part of their upbringing,” Mr Jeavons-Fellows explained.
“We are delighted to do our little bit to help preserve those memories whilst continually improving facilities for all our supporters at Stourbridge RFC.
“And while this new bar alongside the main stand will only be open on match days, I’m sure it will become a favourite with our supporters.”
For many beer drinkers, the loss of Simpkiss Ale was just as tragic as the loss of the famous Stourton pub – the Stewponey and Foley Arms Hotel, to give it its full title.
Produced at the Dennis Brewery in Brierley Hill until it closed in 1985, the name had been confined to the history books until Enville Brewery started brewing it again in 2000.
“It is based on the original recipe but we have made it slightly stronger,” Mr Hedges explained. “And we are delighted to be able to be serving it to supporters at the rugby club.
“It is a two-way thing – they like their beer and we certainly like to support Stourbridge RFC and all the hard work that is going on both on and off the pitch.”
For those looking to sample the legendary Simpkiss Ale while soaking up the Stewponey Bar atmosphere, it will next open for Stourbridge’s match with Manchester on Saturday, October 31.
Issued on behalf of Stourbridge RFC by David Lawrence at Write Angle Media. For further information call 07956 441152
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