Hobsons Brewery

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  • Award winning sustainable Shropshire brewery, proud of its green thinking and CAMRA award winning beers.

    Hobsons Brewery was born out of a desire to produce delicious regional ale in the picturesque town of Cleobury Mortimer bordering the counties of Shropshire and Worcestershire. Some 20 years on from our beginning in 1993 we have grown from a small microbrewery into one of the leading breweries in the region and one of the most sustainable in the UK.

    Hobsons Brewery set out producing real ale in Cask for public houses within a 50-mile radius of the brewery, as demand increased and the taste for Hobsons real ale spread Hobsons became available as a bottled conditioned beer in 2002. Today we are proud to offer an exciting range of award-winning draught and bottled beers all unique in flavour and crafted with traditional brewing techniques:

    Our beers

    Mild ABV 3.2%
    A champion dark mild with a smooth character and taste notes of chocolate malt gives this beer plenty of flavour and aroma that belies its strength.
    Awards: Currently holds the title of CAMRA West Midlands Beer of the Year and picked up the Silver medal at the National CAMRA awards in 2012.
    Available: Cask only

    Twisted Spire 3.6%
    A vibrant blond beer with a light fizz and sweet floral aroma. The initial sweetness gives way to a refreshing burst of hop flavour and a crisp dry finish.
    Awards: Twisted Spire recently picked up our first international bottle award, winning the  bronze medal at the London 2012 International Beer Challenge.
    Available: Cask and bottles

    Best Bitter 3.8%
    Our original brew and the most popular of our beers, Best Bitter is a pale brown to amber medium bodied beer with strong hop character throughout. It is consequently bitter, but with malt discernible in the taste.
    Awards: CAMRA West Midlands Beer of the Year 2007
    Available: Cask only

    Old Prickly 4.2%
    Old Prickly has been brewed to celebrate and support the work of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society based seven miles up the road from the brewery. We have pledged to donate 5p from every pint and bottle sold to the charity.
    Available: Cask and Bottle

    Manor Ale 4.2%
    Brewed to celebrate Severn Valley Railway’s Manor Class steam locomotives – Erlestoke, Bradley and Hinton. As a company we have committed our ongoing support to Severn Valley Railway by becoming a member of the SVR Charitable Trust set up to raise vital funds to preserve one of Britain’s finest heritage railways.
    Available: Cask

    Shropshire Stout 4.3%
    Shropshire Stout is the latest beer to join the Hobsons family. A smooth easy drinking stout with underlying liquorice notes. The dark stout is brewed with Maris Otter malting barley sourced through our network of local growers and hop varieties Fuggles, Progress and Columbus.
    Available: Bottle only

    Town Crier 4.5%
    A full flavoured crisp golden ale with a big voice, the elegant straw coloured bitter has a hint of sweetness which is complemented by subtle hop flavours, leading to a dry finish.
    Awards: CAMRA West Midlands golden ales winner and picked up the Bronze medal at the National CAMRA awards in 2012.
    Available: Cask and bottles

    Old Henry 5.2%
    Rich auburn ale with complex malty fla¬vours and a richness balanced by the clean hoppy finish. A signature brew for Henry Hobson that embodies the Hobsons art of brewing beyond their weight.
    Awards: Great Taste Awards, 2 star rating in 2011 for Old Henry bottles
    Available: Cask and bottles (Cask available from September to March)

    Postman’s Knock 4.8%
    Rich ruby porter with a combination of subtle flavour notes of vanilla, treacle and roast malt gives an initial rich sweetness leading to a velvety chocolate finish.
    Awards: SIBA Wales & West Region bronze medallist in 2011 and Heart of England Fine Foods  Special Diamonds Award finalist in 2012.
    Available: Bottles only

    Locally sourced ingredients

    Dedicated to serving up the finest beer for your enjoyment, we combine the traditional craft of brewing with the highest quality locally sourced ingredients. In 2010 we embarked on an initiative to source locally grown Maris Otter malting barley, a variety recognised in the industry as being the best malting barley available to produce high quality beers with great taste. A small producers group was set up with the objective to establish a sustainable supply chain of locally grown malting barley. Today we have nine farmers in our producers group growing Maris Otter Malting Barley on nearly 450 acres of prime arable land, within thirty miles of the brewery. By setting up a local supply chain of Maris Otter malting barley has enabled the brewery to complete the loop of producing a local pint, as the hops are already grown locally some seven miles from the brewery, with 90% of our demand grown by Jeff Thompson of Little Lambswick Eardiston.

    Green thinking

    With a wind turbine on site not only are you enjoying great beer but it’s being produced by green energy with the turbine generating one third of the electricity to create each bottle of Hobsons beer. Hobsons has been commended for its green thinking with a National award from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) who awarded the Shropshire brewer “Best Green Business” and “Overall Best Business Winner” 2010. Hobsons vision to become the country’s leading sustainable brewery and its impressive implementation of environmental measures wowed the judges to take the top title.

    Sustainability has become an increasingly important part of how Hobsons runs its business and over the past couple of years the company has strived to reduce its effect on the environment by embracing technologies and harnessing its environmental assets.


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  • Directions:

    Follow signs to Cleobury Mortimer on the A4117. Turn into Tenbury Road - from the East (Kidderminster/ Bridgnorth) this is just before Harry Tuffins Petrol Station, and from the West (Ludlow) just before it. Head up this road for approx 600 yrds, just past a 40 limit speed sign, turn left signposted Veterinary Surgery. Head straight on you should see Red brewery vans, on arrival head to reception.

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  • Directions:

    Follow signs to Cleobury Mortimer on the A4117. Turn into Tenbury Road - from the East (Kidderminster/ Bridgnorth) this is just before Harry Tuffins Petrol Station, and from the West (Ludlow) just before it. Head up this road for approx 600 yrds, just past a 40 limit speed sign, turn left signposted Veterinary Surgery. Head straight on you should see Red brewery vans, on arrival head to reception.