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Oktober fest

The best of our local beers...

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The recent boom in craft beer means we’re enjoying a better choice – and better quality – of ales than ever before. Get the lowdown on our award-winning local beers...

Battledown Brewery

Housed in the new Dowdeswell Park development, Battledown Brewery operates a busy 13 hectolitre (100 litre) brew plant. It makes three ales – original, amber and pale, for local pubs, hotels, restaurants and shops. The friendly brewery has regular open evenings and caters for events.

Brewer’s news: Battledown Brewery uses techniques developed by brewers over thousands of years to produce its three ales.

Bobby Beer

The brainchild of Sam and Georgie Pearman, directors of the Lucky Onion Group which owns Cheltenham’s No 131 The Promenade and No 38 The Park, Bobby Beer is a premium crafted British ale. The first pint was poured in October 2013 and what started as a couple of kegs here and there is now a flourishing business, with Bobby Beer being sold around the UK and globally.

Brewer’s news: Bobby Beer takes maturity very seriously – it is brewed for at least six to eight weeks.

Gloucester Brewery

The idea for Gloucester Brewery came about over a pint in a pub (what else?) and was formed by Jared Brown in 2011. It is now housed in a converted stables in the historic Gloucester Docks and has grown a huge following thanks to a careful combination of quality hops and traditional fermenting processes.

Brewer’s news: you’ll only ever find 100% natural, fresh ingredients in Gloucester Brewery beers.

Hillside Brewery

Beers that bring the legends of Gloucestershire alive, Hillside Brewery celebrates a connection to the land and people in the area. Familiar Gloucestershire icons such as the Severn Bore, May Hill and the Forest of Dean are name checked in each of the brewery’s innovative beers.

Brewer’s news: a clever combination of new and unusual ingredients from around the world alongside locally-grown heritage hops brings these beers alive.

North Cotswold Brewery

Established in 1999, this brewery can be found on a farm along the Fosseway near Moreton-in-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour. The company is careful to conserve this special environment for future generations and is proud of its green credentials, which see liquid waste being filtered through reed beds, spent grains being recycled for animal feed and spent hops becoming fertiliser.

Brewer’s news: these award-winning craft ales are made for customers in the Cotswolds who like their beer the traditional way.

Prescott Ales

With its stylish art deco labeling, Prescott Ales is a nod back to more traditional times – fine craft beers and the golden age of motorsport. The brewery was established in 2008 and has already gained a big following through its links with the Bugatti Owners’ Club which has been running the world-famous Prescott Hill Climb for over 75 years.

Brewer’s news: most of the brewing ingredients are sourced within a 50-mile radius of the brewery’s Cheltenham base.

Stroud Brewery

Renowned for his ethical approach to organic farming, sustainability and community, Greg Pilley’s multi award-winning beers make a refreshing change in every sense of the word. Ethical, sustainable, but most of all, highly drinkable, these beers have won a barrel-full of awards.

Brewer’s news: Stroud Brewery bottled beers are all made from organic ingredients.

Donnington Brewery

Enjoy a taste of history with the fabulous bottled beers from Donnington Mill in Stow-on-the-Wold. Ale has been produced here by the Arkell family since 1865, but the original building dates back to 1291 and has been used as a cloth mill and a corn mill in the intervening years; in fact, the original mill wheel is still used to power some of the pumps and machines.

Brewer’s news: the brewery was crowned ‘Brewery of the Year’ in 2010 by the Good Pub Guide.

Burke’s Beer

It was growing up in a pub in London that gave Sam Burke the taste for creating her own beers here in the Cotswolds. Based in Blockley, near Chipping Campden, Sam set up her nano brewery in 2017 making two beers. ‘Local produce, made with knowledge and care’ are her buzzwords, and her two core beers certainly support this ethos.

Brewer’s news: Sam is only one of a handful of female brewers in the UK.

Butcombe Brewery

Established in 1978, this brewery quickly gained a loyal following which led to the company moving premises in 2005 to keep up with demand. It is now housed in a new purpose-built brewery with the capacity to produce 50,000 barrels of beer a year – the largest new-build brewery in Britain for the last 35 years.

Brewer’s news: ‘Countryfile’ presenter and farmer, Adam Henson, worked with Butcombe Brewery to produce Adam Henson’s Rare Breed Bitter using West Country ingredients.

Goff’s Brewery

You can’t forget the iconic medieval names of Goff’s Brewery’s four ales: Jouster, White Knight, Tournament and Black Knight, and neither can you forget the taste. Winners of several awards, these real ales have been brewed in Winchcombe since 1994 by Marcus and Alison Goff.

Brewer’s news: the water used is sourced in Cleeve and is slowly filtered through layers of rock and limestone, making it ideal for brewing beer.

Hook Norton Brewery

Based in Brewery Lane in Hook Norton, these real ales are made with four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water. Although these ingredients are very simple, in the hands of a skilled brewer they come together to produce a symphony of colours, aromas and tastes that make quality real ale and beers.

Brewer’s news: this award-winning brewery has origins dating back to 1849 and much of the original brewing equipment is still used today.

Purity Brewing Co

This award-winning craft brewery was established in 2005 by Paul Halsey and James Minkin. From the outset, their mission was simple: brew great beer without prejudice, with a conscience and with a consistency and attention to detail which is second to none. The company is committed to minimising its environmental impact and in 2015 earned the prestigious title of the UK’s Most Sustainable Manufacturer.

Brewer’s news: Purity Brewing Co was crowned ‘Brewery of the Year 2018’ by the Good Pub Guide.

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