Skip to main content
6th January 2016

Fancy a brew? The Queens Arms launches home brewing course with Gyle 59


Balancing malt with hops, understanding the finer points of fermentation and distinguishing pale ale from IPA are just some of the skills that brewing beginners and aficionados will learn during Somerset-based The Queens Arms’ new craft beer course, in association with award-winning Dorset brewery, Gyle 59. This hands on masterclass in mash, method and matching, will take place from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April 2016.


Budding brewers will begin by familiarising themselves with Gyle 59’s own distinctive range of beers, which will be carefully matched with a three course dinner cooked by The Queens Arms’ head chef, Ben Abercrombie. After a restful night in one of The Queens Arms’ elegant AA 5-star rooms, the work will begin, covering everything from the basics of brewing right through to bottling up the first batch. Gyle 59 founder, Jon Hoskins, and co-owner, Amanda Edwards, will share their extensive knowledge of beer styles, technical theory and recipe creation, before the time comes to get hands on with the hops.


Learning about different malts, yeasts, hops and water will prepare students to create their own collaborative recipe on day one, before spending much of day two brewing and bottling an unfined batch under supervision from John and Amanda, using Gyle 59’s unique supply of spring water. After fermentation and conditioning, everyone on the course will be sent six bottles of their own brew, which will also be on tap at The Queens Arms a few weeks later.


The two-day home brew course, including two nights’ accommodation at The Queens Arms in Corton Denham, Somerset, dinner on Friday and Saturday night, breakfast, a light lunch each day and transfers to the Gyle 59 brewery in Thorncombe, Dorset, costs £800 for two people in a classic room or £830 for two people in an executive room.


For more information, images or to arrange press trips, please contact Sam Brice at Freshly Ground PR on 07961635960 or


(006) January 2016


Notes to editor

Nestled within the glorious rural setting of the Dorset and Somerset borders, The Queens Arms in Corton Denham is an award-winning destination pub offering the finest local and seasonal produce, along with plenty of character and rustic charm. With eight elegant rooms complete with stunning countryside views, this quintessentially English Georgian Inn celebrates the very best that the local area has to offer, measuring its food in metres, not miles.


Owners Gordon and Jeanette Reid have earned two AA Rosettes during their six years in Corton Denham, along with accolades ranging from numerous Taste of the West awards to CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year. During their time at the helm, Gordon and Jeanette have also established a smallholding of pigs, cows and hens to provide an abundance of meat, eggs and milk for their diners to enjoy, along with the outstanding seasonal produce coming from the pub’s very own kitchen garden.


For more information about The Queens Arms visit

Sam Brice

Freshly Ground PR

07961 635960

Follow us on Twitter

Freshly Ground PR Limited is a company registered in England & Wales – Registration No. 09662323.

Registered office: 107 North Street, Martock, Somerset, TA12 6EJ.