Brewing at the National Brewery Centre


The William Worthington Brewery is a 25 barrel brewery located in the National Brewery Centre. It was installed in 2011 within the fabric of the museum to replace the 5 barrel ‘Museum Brewery’, the oldest Micro Brewery in the Country.

The brewery utilises the famous Burton upon Trent well water, upon which brewing in Burton was built. The Museum Brewery was originally owned by Bass plc and run by Steve Wellington who came out of retirement to start the two microbreweries in the Bass Museum (now the National Brewery Centre) in 1995. He is credited for saving Worthington White Shield from extinction and both brewed and bottled the iconic IPA.

History has now come full circle with creation of the Heritage Brewing Company. The Heritage Brewing Company has acquired the William Worthington Brewery, installed Steve Wellington as Head Brewer once again and is brewing White Shield under contract for Molson Coors.

For more information on the Heritage Brewing Company call 01283 777006 or email


More about our team

As well as the vast knowledge and experience of Master Brewer Steve Wellington, the whole team at Heritage Brewing Company has a wealth of experience and expertise which makes them ideally qualified to brew, sell and deliver top quality heritage beers. Martin Hodson is an experienced brewer having most recently been the multi-award winning head brewer at Black Hole Brewery in Burton upon Trent as well as being an experienced licensee. Caroline Horobin has extensive brewing know-how gained at Bass and Molson Coors, latterly as a specialist analytical chemist. Richard Beason has been a Sales & Marketing manager in a number of businesses both inside and outside the licensed trade, as well as previously having been a licensee of his own pubs. Terry Desborough is a vastly experienced qualified drayman working for Bass, Molson Coors and Cask Watch amongst many others.
Between them, the team have an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the ability to brew, sell and deliver the best possible quality beer in perfect condition.