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By beerrevhay, Nov 15 2015 05:24PM

Gloucestershire's Hillside Brewery is on the hunt for talented home brewers.

They've launched a home brew competition with the winner getting to recreate their recipe at their headquarters near Ross-on-Wye.

The free contest is open to beer fans across the Midlands, Wales and the South West, and a number of local shops - including Beer Revolution - are serving as drop off points for entrants.

Hillside co-founder Paul Williamson told us: ‘We’re passionate about beer and want to share that passion with others.

‘What better way to do that than get people involved in brewing alongside us.

‘We want to brew the best beers possible, and the competition is a great chance for us to meet like-minded people and bounce ideas around.’

Paul, who began the brewery with father Peter, from Ledbury, added: ‘We know there are plenty of passionate home brewers out there who might not have the chance to brew on a commercial scale - we’ll be giving the competition winner that opportunity by inviting them to come and recreate their beer with us as a craft special.’

Hillside launched in May last year, brewing with natural spring water from a borehole on their farm base at Longhope in neighbouring Gloucestershire.

Their creations have been championed by international beer sommelier Melissa Cole, who appeared on the bill at this year’s Hay Festival.

And they picked up multiple awards at Ludlow’s Spring Festival in May, impressing the panel of tasters to walk away with one gold and three silver gongs.

Leave your entries - two bottles per brew along with a list of ingredients - with us and we'll ensure they get to Hillside.

Entrants can also drop off their beers directly at the brewery, as well as Saucy Pears bottle shop in Worcester, Favourite Beers in Cheltenham and Hay Wines in Ledbury.

By beerrevhay, Nov 11 2015 02:06PM

This week, for the first time, the brews news comes from the Beer Revolution website. We’ll still be using our Facebook and Twitter feed, of course, but blogs, event news and fresh bottled beer arrivals will be found here from now on.

Hit us up on the usual social media channels for updates, or drop us a line and we’ll add you to our mailing list.

Getting the website up and running means we’ve been neglecting News of the Brews, but the upside is there’s a load of fresh stock in, including some absolute corkers, rareties and stunning Welsh craft beer.

Here’s the lowdown:

Up and coming Welsh brewery Mad Dog have unleashed a whole new range of bottles - and we are their exclusive online seller. Find them all here. Highlights for us are Submissible Anarchy, a wonderful wintery IPA laced with juniper, and the ever-dependable All Day granola stout.

We have a fresh offering from Brewdog, their German-style Altbier, Candy Kaiser. It’s a caramelly, bonfire toffee kinda brew with a big focus on the malt. Perfect for this time of year if you’re the kind of beer lover whose tastes change with the seasons.

Speaking of which, on draught we currently have In the Pines from Bristol’s finest, Wiper and True. It’s a lovely, bitter-sweet and chewy amber that is incredibly moreish. Come and get some before we do the keg in ourselves!

From Northumberland’s Wylam we have a their hopped-up pale, Remain in Light, a colossus of simcoe, centennial, citra and chinook. It’s the first time this brewery has appeared on our shelves.

Cloudwater are back with a new range suited to the darker, winter months. We’ve got their IPA, porter and delicious red ale on the shelves, as well as online.

As you know, we love beers that push boundaries and to that end we’ve got some beery weirdness from Northern Alchemy - a grapefruit and rosemary sour and also a coffee and orange oatmeal pale.

New in from US-stalwarts Founders is their mighty fine Breakfast Stout. We sampled this at Manchester’s Port Street Beer House earlier this year and it got a big tick!

Staying with stouts, we have a cracker - Yellow Belly. This is a collab brew between Buxton and Sweden’s Omnipollo. It’s an 11% peanut butter and biscuit imperial stout, one whiff of this heavenly brew and you know it’s going to be amazing - it does not disappoint. Stocks are very limited on this one and it’s limited to one per customer. It’s not available online from us now - sorry.

The canned craft beer revolution continues, with Huddersfield’s Magic Rock throwing their hat in the ring - and what a job they’ve done. The new cans look stunning. Cannonball IPA, Grapefruit Highwire pale ale and their Salty Kiss gooseberry gose are all online and on the shelves right now!

We’ve expanded the Wild Weather Ales line-up to include their Early Grey IPA, Storm in a Teacup, as well as their rye IPA Riders on the Storm.

From Germany’s Schlenkerla brewery we have their classic Rauchbier Marzen, a dark smoke beer with a big emphasis on the smoke. This is a love it or hate it beer. It gets an impressive 97% on Ratebeer so rest assured it’s quality.

We’ve also got new stuffs from Wild Beer - their everyday pale ale, Bibble, gets a canned release and Shnoodlepip brings the weird in the form of a rich and incredibly full-bodied sour flavoured with pink peppercorns and hibiscus. If that doesn’t sound like a Christmas craft beer, we don’t know what does!

Finally, on the cider front, we're thrilled to have the award-winning Ty Gwyn making their debut on our shelves. We have all three iterations of their cider in stock. It's not just for summer!

Remember we are always changing and refreshing our stock. If we've listed something here that you can't find on the website, get in touch and we'll sort something out. Keep checking back - there'll always be something new.

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