An independent Shropshire brewery recently showcased its beers at the Houses of Parliament at an event hosted by Daniel Kawczynski MP — joining its fellow local businesses in a collective celebration of the region’s produce.
Hobsons Brewery, based in Cleobury Mortimer, alongside a handful of other Shropshire-based businesses, were invited to give Members of Parliament a taste of its products — which always strive to champion locally sourced ingredients.
Hobsons offered a range of delectable ales including some of its classic brews, as well as its most recent creation Dirty Gertie. This tropical IPA was brewed to mark the business’s 30th anniversary and Commercial Director, Kate Pearce, who was in attendance, was delighted to mark the brewery’s third decade in operation with a trip to Parliament.
Alongside Hobsons’ range of beers, savoury food included delicious cured meats from Wenlock Edge Farm, flavoursome sauces from What a Pickle!, and sensational caviar from Caviar & Cocktails. Sweet food featured was the popular doughnuts from Planet Doughnut and tasty biscuits from Cheese Nibbles — with Rowton Vineyard also offering some refreshing wine.
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.
Commenting on the event, Kate said: “It was a real honour to be invited to the Houses of Parliament, to not only showcase our products but also the outstanding produce Shropshire has to offer as a collective. Our locality has always been a great supply of pride for us at Hobsons and events like this really highlight how diverse and creative our county is. We had some great feedback from those in attendance and it was nice to take our 30th-anniversary brew on tour with us to the big city!”
Daniel Kawczynski MP added: “As one of Shropshire’s Members of Parliament, I am enormously proud to have hosted a micro food festival in Parliament to showcase the fantastic range of food and drink products that come from Shropshire. The county of Shropshire has so much to offer, and I am pleased that my colleagues in the House of Commons were able to experience a taste yesterday! I am grateful to all of the businesses that attended, and they did an amazing job at advertising our county.”