Retired schoolteacher David Woodhead is planning to double his Froth Blowers Brewing company by moving into bigger premises in Birmingham.
Woodhead, aged 75, runs the micro-brewery in Erdington along with stepsons Andrew and Neil Williams, selling quality beers from the Wood Lane industrial unit since 2013. Now the tiny brewery’s expanding into premises just 50 yards away with the aim of doubling output.
Woodhead set up the brewery after his wife Joyce, a talented pianist and music teacher, died and he was left on his own in a seven-bedroomed house. The keen real ale enthusiast said: “I was a retired teacher on a pension and just running the house was an unnecessary expense. It made common sense to sell it.”
The house sale funded the launch of Froth Blowers, currently selling 30 barrels of beer a week. Woodhead, a former head of English at Castle Vale School, was also once a promising cricketer with Warwickshire Seconds in the 1960s.
He added: “To set up a business in your 70s is not normal – I do all the book-keeping, my stepson Andrew does the brewing and stepson Neil does the sales. The job keeps me active. We’re novices but if we can double our output in the next 12 months, it will be worth doing.”