Welcome from Guy Warner
With BBQs at the ready, picnics on the go and canapés in the garden, it’s entertaining season. As well as good local food, that means great drinks too and what can be better than pairing your food with some rather special local brews?
Craft beers and artisan ciders are springing up all around us, producing some top quality beverages. Pearson’s Cider is a sophisticated, lightly sparkling drink and recent prize-winner at the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards. Gloucester Brewery is doing exciting things with New World hops, while Stroud Brewery focuses firmly on the local and organic. Plus, we’re seeing the return of beer cans too with Stroud Brewery leading the way – watch this space!
If gin and tonic is more your thing, take a look at the ever increasing number of locally-distilled gins: the smooth Six O’Clock Gin is an insider favourite, Cotswolds Gin is a multi award-winner and we love the triple distilled Sibling Gin for its funky bottle. But local spirits don’t stop at gin – Cotswolds Distillery also produces an excellent vodka, absinthe, cream liqueur and sherry and its long-awaited single malt whisky, due in October is already a sell-out – put your name down now for the November release!