Hobsons Brewery saw its iconic stout recognised on the national stage for a second year running.

Based in Cleobury Mortimer, Hobsons recently claimed silver in CAMRA’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain award at the Great British Beer Festival in London, with its Dhustone stout placed second amidst a highly competitive shortlist.

Having achieved the same award last year, the beer has stood the test of time and continues to be a top seller both in bottles and on draught across Shropshire and the surrounding counties. Dhustone has also won the Real Ale In a Bottle (RAIB) round of CAMRA Champion Beer Of Britain regional awards 2022, as well as regional GOLD at SIBA’s 2020 Digital Beer Awards.

The smooth dark stout has underlying liquorice notes and a smooth character — with aromas of chocolate and coffee — followed by a rich vanilla taste. The name of the beer took its inspiration from dolerite, known locally as Dhu stone. This is quarried at Clee Hill six miles away from the brewery and one of the villages built on Clee specifically for quarry workers was named Dhustone after this very rock.

Firmly rooted in Shropshire, this beer is a shining example of how much Hobsons has achieved over the past three decades and is the perfect way to round off its 30th-anniversary celebrations.

Commenting on the recent award success, Founder Nick Davis said: “Achieving silver at these awards is a real testament to the passion and dedication poured into each and every pint we craft — and to do it two years on the bounce with the same beer is a massive achievement for a brewery of our size. This has been such a significant year for us, not only through continued award recognition but also marking our 30th year in business. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and I have no doubt there is much more award success to come!”

The Champion Beer of Britain is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. It is the ultimate honour for UK brewers and has helped put many into the national

spotlight. It is awarded annually at the Trade Session of the Great British Beer Festival, which is taking place from the 1st – 5th of August this year.

Nick continued: “Events like the Great British Beer Festival are so important in this industry. Not only does it allow you to take stock in what you have achieved, but also to admire how diverse and progressive the industry has become. This year’s event was a day to remember and we hope to be pushing for gold next year.”

As its beer portfolio continues to diversify and its reputation in the industry grows stronger, the brewery hasn’t lost sight of its proud Shropshire roots, and its location within the historic county continues to shape the brand’s identity. The business is also rooted in the core principles of ‘People, Pints, Planet’ — which refers to its community, quality of product and commitment to sustainability.

For more information on Hobsons Brewery, and to see our full range of Hobson’s beers, click here.

or more information on the CAMRA’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain award, visit their website.

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