Netherlee man is a home brew champ

Phil Sisson winner of home brew challenge 2016
Phil Sisson winner of home brew challenge 2016

A southside home brew aficionado who creates his unique beers in a garden shed has won a prestigious competition.

Netherlee’s Phil Sisson’s ‘Raindrops on Roses’ has been picked as the winner of the Home Brew Challenge 2016 with bottles set to appear in selected Waitrose stores from mid November.

The Belgian-style wheat beer, which was created in Phil’s shed, is the first rose petal infused beer the supermarket has ever sold. The unusually floral flavour profile and musical name were both inspired by Phil’s daughter Martha, (8), who is a big fan of The Sound of Music.

Phil, (40), began home brewing five years ago while working as a recording studio manager in east London and recently moved to Glasgow with his family. He said: “This is a huge, and completely unexpected honour for me! I’m absolutely flabbergasted. I originally brewed the beer as a present for my wife’s birthday and my daughter chose the musicial-themed name, so it’s a truly family affair. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the shelves at Waitrose.”

More than 200 people from all over the UK submitted their home-brewed entries for this year’s Home Brew Challenge. Phil’s entry was chosen by an expert panel of judges including Sarah Hammond, Waitrose Beer Buyer and Alex Buchanan from sponsors, Thornbridge.

Sarah Hammond, Waitrose Beer Buyer, says, ‘“We loved the fact that we could distinguish the traditional style of beer that it’s based on, and that it came with a really modern and well-judged twist. The palate was refreshing and full of flavour, and all the elements were really well-balanced - distinct yet not overpowering. A great combination of delicacy, interest and full of flavour, this is an excellent homebrew that we hope our customers will enjoy as much as we did.”