Hillside Brewery, Forest of Dean

Occupying a beautiful rural location near Longhope in the Forest of Dean, Hillside Brewery is more than just your average local brewery. This family-run microbrewery not only offers fabulous brewery tours, but also the opportunity to brew your very own label beer, along with fun activities such as clay pigeon shooting. 


Book yourself onto a ‘Classic’ or ‘Ultimate’ brewery tour at Hillside Brewery and you will get to see, smell, touch and taste the brewing process for yourself. One of the brewing team will guide you through the different buildings of the brewery, filling you in on the art of process from start to finish. Get up close to the ingredients and learn how each relates to a specific part of the brewing process. 

Hillside Brewery’s range includes classic ales as well as craft specials, which change seasonally. Bottling is done by hand and every label is carefully placed. Ales range from The Legend of Hillside IPA to the Summit ruby ale – there’s even a crisp and summery lager. 

Finish your tour, overlooking the glorious Gloucestershire countryside, with a tasting of four of Hillside’s classic ales – can you guess which is which? And if you’re worried about drinking on an empty stomach, you can even add on a portion of beef and Summit Ale stew (or the vegetarian equivalent) before you start the tour. 

For a really unique experience, how about spending a day with Will, the Head Brewer, to learn what it takes to create one of Hillside’s ales? Perhaps you’ll take a newfound hobby home with you, or, at the very least, you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labour a few weeks later. If you have a special occasion on the way, you can speak to Hillside about creating your very own recipe beer. They can even create a custom label or pump clip to personalise it for you. 

If you’re looking for some outdoorsy fun, you could enjoy a bit of friendly competition and let Hillside Brewery arrange a clay pigeon shooting session before your brewery tour. 

Check Hillside’s website for brewery tour times and any special events. 

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