Stonehouse FutilityStonehouse Brewery creates new beer to raise money for Wilfred Owen Festival.

“We were stranded in a certain town one night and I saved the party of us by collaring an Orderly in the streets and making him take us to a Sergeants Mess. We were famishing, and a mug of beer did me more good than any meal I ever munched. The place was like a bit of Blighty, all hung with English Greetings and Mistletoe”
(Wilfred Owen 4th January 1914 – Letter to his Mother)

The Stonehouse Brewery is located less than a mile from the birthplace of Owen and to mark the one hundredth anniversary of his death will be launching a new beer.


The beer will be called Futility, which is the name of one of the few poems published in Wilfred Owen’s lifetime. 5p from each pint sold will be donated to the Wilfred Owen Festival, which will coincide with the centenary of Owen’s death and the centenary of Armistice Day. It will include numerous commemoration events in and around Oswestry. Once the festival concludes, Stonehouse Brewery will then donate 5p per pint to the Last Post Association – which ensures that the Last Post is played in the Menin Gate at 8pm every evening in perpetuity.

Shane Parr from Stonehouse Brewery said,

“Futility will be a session strength beer and brewed with a combination of French hops and a new variety of British hops. We really hope that people get behind this. The Wilfred Owen Festival has a lot to offer visitors to Shropshire this year. The Last Post at Menin Gate is a moving experience and I recommend it to anyone”

Shane has a connection to the Menin Gate, as his great uncle passed through it on the way to battle. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and is remembered in the New Zealand section of the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.

Chris Woods festival co-ordinator said

“Well Shane and I talked about this a while back and I think it’s great that the Stonehouse Brewery want to support the festival and the Last Post Association in this way. As can be seen by Owen’s letters he liked a beer or two as did most of the soldiers at the front when they had chance. I’m looking forward to trying a pint or two myself and want to thank Shane, Allison and the team at Stonehouse for this wonderful contribution to the festival”