Pershore Patty meets Paul Williamson, Managing Director & Beer Fanatic at Hillside Brewery to ask a few personal questions and for a general nose.
Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business.
Completely by chance, I was previously in the automotive industry working with business development and group operations but always enjoyed a beer. I realised I wanted to change my direction, put my CV out on the market and 2 days later out of the blue my Dad called me. He said “I’ve been sent the details of a 40-acre farm with brewing facilities on site, is it something you would be interested in..?”, I said “beer…? YES”! We fell in love with the area and the fact we have our own water supply from our bore hole were really important to us. I have always wanted to work with my dad so this was a timely opportunity that I jumped at and its grown from there.
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
Mainly proud of the fantastic team that we have who all love what they do. We have also been fortunate enough to have won 43 awards so far which is fantastic too.
What makes your business unique?
We have our own bore hole water which we use, it comes from 60m down, is mineral rich, hard and perfect for making beer with. Our location is stunning and we have a newly converted events barn to enjoy a brewery tour or event in.
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
No.3 in Ross on Wye – great food, great beer (ours) and great cocktails.
Last thing you watched on TV?
Killing Eve on the BBC – looks like its going to be a good series!
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
This is going to sound cheesy but I’ll say it anyway… My Dad, as he has always had good integrity, been a strong role model and always there for me when I have needed him.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Bath bombs – they had had a bad week….
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
Freshly brewed coffee or freshly baked bread – hard to choose between them.
What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
Chicken, salad, lemon mayo and avocado.
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?
The Genie from Aladdin, he would either get me 3 wishes (one of which making sure it wasn’t my last meal) and I think he would whip up something great!
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Chicken, sweet potato and avocado.
What’s your claim to fame?
I was once an extra on the programme Crossroads where I met David James & Dion Dublin at Aston Villa Park.
Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?
Aviation Gin, if I’m not drinking beer or coffee it’s a Gin and this one is my favourite. Also, Ryan Renyolds is cool.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
What you feed will grow.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
New Zealand in a beer garden or rock climbing.
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
Went to a gig in London with some friends.
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
Swell – they have some really cool clothes.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
Pilot or racing driver.
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
All pizza is good – especially Fat Toni’s in Cheltenham!
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
I have enjoyed something about all of my jobs, they are what you make of them.
Right now would have to be Kaleo – saw them live last year in San Francisco and it was one of the best gigs I’ve been to.
What was the last thing you ate?
Favourite cut of steak?
Fillet every day of the week.
What website do you visit most often?
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
What do you hope never changes?
Founded in 2014 Hillside Brewery is proud to be a small brewery and the team are great supporters of supporting local. The range of beers is split between their classic ales and craft specials that are created using seasonal and new ingredients.
You’ll find Hillside Brewery sitting amongst the hills of Gloucestershire where you can visit the brewery, book on to a tour, organise a bespoke experience day or have a go at brewing your own beer! Don’t forget to visit the shop and take home a selection of these award-winning beers.
The Foodie Card offer – 10% off beers at the on site shop.