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Perhaps "more common than it has been for 10-50 years " might be a better phrase. Remember that at one time a large proiportion of pubs brewed their own beer, before the advent of the big breweries, and even till the 1960s local breweries were quite common
Hi, I haven't seen any records from Simpkis's, I but I was talking to a brewing friend recently and he told me that when he went round the brewery the soon after it stopped producing, I he felt like it had just been left, and including one brew in a vessel!!
They had a pub, on Church Road, I believe, or Brettell Lane which was probably the Brewery Tap. The Brewery was round the corner in Delph Road, or maybe South Road. I gather the Brewery Tap was called the Foley Arms. This PH had been purchased by Jonathan Simpkiss in 1921 and brewing was conducted on the premises. Son, Dennis Simpkiss rebuilt the Brewery in 1934 and added a bottling plant in 1936. The third generation to run this brewery was Jonathan Simpkiss, who sold the business to Greenalls in 1985, who demolished the Brewery and like Davenports asset stripped what had become a popular brand.