ENVILLE Brewery have been savouring the sweet taste of success after celebrating its 21st birthday.

The brewery, based in Hollies Lane, Cox Green, is set to expand its existing plant to meet demand, following a highly successful trial with Holdens promoting Enville's bottled beer.

Managing director Lynn Garrington, who has been involved with Enville throughout its 21-year history, confirmed: "Everyone seemed to love our bottled honeybee beer. We needed to expand the plant as a result to produce more beer. We simply can't produce enough beer at the moment to meet demand. We're even having to brew beer on Sundays."

Enville bosses have now invested in a new fermenting vessel, installed by Kinver company PVSL, with a capacity of 3,500 litres - the equivalent of around 6,159 pints of beer.

The brewery already sells beer to around 150 pub and restaurant outlets throughout the UK - a far cry from when it first opened.

Lynn reflected: "We took over an old derelict farm building, which is listed, which means we can't expand the actual building.

"I originally came as a book keeper. At the time, there was the owner, myself, a brewer and someone who helped clean out.

"A new board of directors took over seven years ago and I'm absolutely over the moon at the way things have gone since.

"Originally we just brewed the beer, we didn't distribute ourselves but sold to a wholesaler.

"Since then, we bought a van and we deliver directly ourselves.

"It's been lovely to see how well things have gone. We've doubled the amount of staff and may have to add more."

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson praised the success of the firm on a recent visit. He said: “It is always wonderful to see a local, South Staffordshire business doing so well and expanding its operations.

“The Enville Ale was recently stocked by the House of Commons Bar and I know was enjoyed tremendously by all members. I have no doubt the new bottled beer will prove a tremendous success and I look forward to purchasing my fair share in the coming months.”

Enville Brewery now owns The Cat public house at Enville, which is used as a taphouse - while some of Lynn's fellow directors have links to a number of other pubs in the Stourbridge area.