Worthington White Shield and Red Shield are to be brewed under licence from Molson Coors by tourism, leisure and heritage consultancy Planning Solutions Limited.

The beers are to be produced at the William Worthington Brewery in Burton, located at the National Brewery Centre. Under the new arrangement, Molson Coors has sold its brewing equipment to PSL, which will brew White Shield and sibling Red Shield. Molson Coors will retain ownership of the brewery’s buildings.

PSL said it intended to develop other beers and has brought in Steve Wellington, former head brewer at the centre, to help develop a range of real ales to demonstrate the variety of beers that can be produced in Burton. The company will be investing in the project by refurbishing and modernising the brewing facilities and bottling plant. It said it had identified a craft brewer and assistant brewer to lead the new brewing enterprise.

“We are delighted to have secured a long-term future for William Worthington Brewery,” said Molson Coors UK supply chain director Victoria Segebarth. “PSL already runs the National Brewery Centre so this agreement is a natural step in the sustained success of the centre and we are confident PSL will continue to produce extraordinary beer brands that delight customers and consumers.”

Worthington’s flagship product in the UK is traditional canned and keg ale Worthington Creamflow, which is produced at the main Molson Coors brewery in Burton. White Shield is a 5.6% IPA that has been produced since 1829.