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Hobsons Brewery

One dark and stormy night 16 intrepid real ale fans  - from Lanyon Bowdler - set out from Wellington to visit the Hobsons Brewery at Cleobury Mortimer which is situated near the Clee Hills on the Shropshire/Worcestershire border.

This trip was organised by The Cock Hotel in Wellington, who have just won 2009 CAMRA Pub of the Year for the West Midlands - and who are now in the running for 2009 CAMRA National Pub of the Year!  Ruth James, a solicitor in the Commercial & Corporate Law Department says, "The Cock Hotel is a great friendly, cosy, traditional pub based in Wellington and we all considered ourselves very lucky to join them on this fantastic evening."

At the brewery a delicious yeasty smell fills the air and adds to the blissful feel of going back to an era when things moved at a steadier pace.

Hobsons Brewery boasts a concoction of good old fashioned brewing techniques, community spirit  employing 16 local people and cutting- edge green technology- they have a windmill using ground source energy -  which provides one third of the electricity needed to create each Hobson’s pint.

The brewery which was started in 1993, sources its hops from Teme Valley Herefordshire and Tenbury Wells. We were shown around the two breweries on the  site – one of these makes all the bottle beers. We were able to taste various samples of the beers- which were most generous  – and were also treated to Reg May Pork Pies made at nearby Ditton Priors and local cheeses.