Sustainable brewer and creator of award-winning beers
Founded in 1993 by the Davis family, over the past 20 years Hobsons have grown to become a leading brewer in Shropshire and one of the most sustainable breweries in the UK. The success of our brewery and its many awards has been down to a strong culture of supporting our region, its people and its resources.
Q&A with founder Nick Davis:
Q – How did Hobsons get started in brewing cask ales?
Myself and my Dad, Jim, decided we would start a brewery in the late eighties when he was running a pub in Somerset. I was a qualified licensed property surveyor working for several of the West Country Breweries and decided that there were better ways to enjoy life and beer than do 1,000 miles a week traveling around the country.
Q – When did the business commence, and when did you become involved?
We started the business Easter 1993 as a family business, after four months searching for premises, plant and machinery and time spent researching local tastes.
Q – What was the first brew marketed and is it still on sale?
The first brew was thrown; it didn’t actually make it to the copper, a result of a failed Mash Tun design. Needless to say after a sleepless night Brew 2 was a success. The first sale able batch of Hobsons Best was sold to a handful of local pubs including the Kings Arms, which still sells it today.
Q – How many barrels do you currently brew in total?
180-200 Barrels per week
Q – Where do you see Hobsons in the next five years?
Still located in Cleobury Mortimer supplying local pubs, clubs and shops. However we would like to see greater exposure of our cider, with a draught product to sit alongside the beers.
Q – What is your personal favourite cask ale not brewed by Hobsons?
Other than Hobsons Best I have 2 favourites; St Austell Proper Job and Purity Saddleblack
Hobsons brewers are skilled in the dark arts (or is it science) of making great cider too, taming nature and perfectly preserving its fruit.