How time flies. It doesn’t seem two minutes since we took our first delivery of Simpsons Malt and christened our malt shovel, but apparently as of Friday the 11th of January it is 6 months. 6 months since we brewed Gyle: CB001, or “The Schil” as it came to be known.
Much has happened since that first beer hit the fermenters in the evening of that first protracted brew day. We have brewed a few more beers, a few more times, we have served thousands of pints and delivered hundreds of casks and bottles to pubs, bars, shops and hotels in the North East and beyond.
Whilst 6 months isn’t a long time, when you have been planning and setting up a brewery for 3 and a half years, to be half a year into actually brewing, it does create a moment of reflection. That reflection takes us to the people and organisations that have been a part of the journey, and who deserve our thanks. And, as it is coming up on the awards season, it would be rude not to give a long list of thanks, so here goes…
Firstly, Ford & Etal Estate for their support and belief in our brewery project, for making a location available and for transforming a run down building into our home on this marvellous estate. Thanks to Robert Fairnington (aka Bob the Builder) and his team for doing this fabulous transformation along with J Slater Electrical, Hillside Plumbing and M Fairnington Engineering.
AJT Construction for their superb pipework, a thing of beauty that carries our precious nectar around the brew house. Thanks to Barmoor Castle for having us supply their big unveiling and test our beers on their gathered guests.
We are full of thanks for the other breweries who gave us their advice and their time. Old Spot Brewery, Goose Eye Brewery and Bear Claw. We have found the brewing community to be so welcoming and helpful but these three breweries have given so much of their time and expertise to help us make Cheviot Brewery what it is.
We have supplied, and continue to supply, so many great pubs, too numerous to mention all of them but special mentions go out to a handful of pubs and sellers that have given us great support (and orders).
Thank you (in alphabetical order) 6 Barrels, Allanton Inn (Allanton), The Barrels Ale House (Berwick), Beer Craft (Kelso), The Black Bull (Etal), The Black Bull (Lowick), Black Bull Inn (Duns) The Border Hotel (Yetholm), The Craw Inn (Auchencrow), The Curfew (Bewick), The Dambusters Inn (Scampton), The Fighting Cock (Bradford), First & Last (Burnmouth), Ford Village Shop, Foundry Hill Bar (Bingley), The Greedy Pig (Bradford), Lowick Village Store, The Narrow Nick (Rothbury), Northumbria National Park Authority, The Office (Morpeth), The Percy Arms (Chatton), The Pilot (Berwick), The Quakerhouse (Darlington) and The Red Lions of Alnmouth and Milfield, SJF Pubs, Taste of Northumbria (to name but a few).
Huge thanks go to our drinkers, some of whom we know by name, some of whom we may never meet. Thank you for those who were and are supporting local, for those who just like the pump clips or on the design on the bottle. Thank you especially to those who had a pint, then ordered another, and sometimes more still. Thanks not only for drinking our beer, but for drinking independent real ale and craft beer in general, cheers to you all.
And finally thank you to all our friends, family, neighbours and acquaintances whom have supported us, believed in us, volunteered their time and encouraged us along the way.
So raise a glass and drink a toast to yourselves, the next six months, and beyond.
Pete, Jonny & Neil
PS: Exciting New Beer news soon…