A brewery in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside has won a prestigious award for sustainable manufacturing.
Hillside Brewery is entirely run on solar power renewable energy, uses air and ground source heat pumps and is a net exporter of energy. All waste materials are recycled with spent hops sent to feed local dairy cattle whose milk makes beer icecream.
Set up by father and son Peter and Paul Williamson just three years ago, the Longhope brewery won the Sustainable Manufacturing category after impressing industry experts at the Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in sustainable manufacturing.
Paul – who now runs the brewery – said they were: “over the moon to have won,” and put it down to a great team.
The Hillside Brewery team picked up their gong at a swish awards ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse on November 2 just days after being named ‘Food or Drink Business of the Year’ at the Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards.
Paul continues: “We founded the business in 2014 with a simple mission statement – create a brewery that is part of the local community. But we mean more than just being based locally and saying we love the local area. We mean employing local people who can spend money in local businesses. We mean buying local whenever and wherever possible. We also mean supporting and promoting complimentary businesses and venues.”
Hillside brew a core range and are adding craft specials to this selection on an ongoing basis.
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