A Beeston company has been voted the best new brewery in Nottinghamshire 2017.

Beeston Hop, an artisan brewery, has given the high accolade by the specialist website, RateBeer.

The Gwenbrook Avenue brewery offer unfiltered and unpasteurised beer suitable for vegans, which has led to their success in scooping the award.

John Richardson, owner of Beeston Hop, said: “This is a fantastic surprise and a great honour. It is especially rewarding to know that this award is a reflection of my beers being drunk and liked by the public.

“When I look at the calibre of the other award winners this year, it is amazing to be listed alongside them.

“I brew quality beer, one cask at a time, and I rarely sell beer outside of the East Midlands. So to have gathered enough votes to win the award is pretty astonishing.”

Before setting up Beeston Hop, Mr Richardson had wanted to brew for a long time, and spent days researching and brewing with established craft brewers to improve his knowledge of commercial brewing.

Eventually, as a way to better finance his growing obsession with brewing, he decided to try to sell the beer he produced.

This proved a little more tricky than he anticipated, but 6 months after he was ready and legally able to sell his beer.

He said: “My spring range of beers will be on sale in about a month, and I hope that British beer drinkers enjoy them as much as they enjoyed the beers I brewed in 2016.”

Beeston Hop beers are available for purchase in selected outlets – in Nottingham, the Brew Cavern (Flying Horse Walk), Hopology (West Bridgford), Local Not Global Deli (Chilwell High Road, Beeston), Out of this World (Beeston); and is now avilable in the off licence in Leicester and online via Hoptimism.

RateBeer.com is widely recognised as the most in-depth, accurate, and most-visited source for beer information.