Update from the Brewhouse

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Since the beginning of the year work has continued apace on the brewery, from a new roof being fit on part of the complex to a mezzanine floor being built, new dividing walls, and even an office. However, it wasn’t until our shinny stainless steel vessels were delivered, that the building truly began to resemble a brewery.

And when the plumbing went in, then it got very exciting…


Kettle and Sparge Tank arrive.


Kettle in situ on the mezzanine.


Brewery plumbing, a thing of beauty.

The Scale of the Task

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The Ford and Etal Estate in the shadow of the Cheviot Hills, is a stunning part of North Northumberland and an inspiring place to set up shop. Our new brewhouse on the estate at Slainsfield is no exception. But the scale of the work to be done is quite sizeable.

Working with the Estate we identified a suitable property to become Cheviot Brewery, adjacent to the former North Northumberland Hunt kennels in Slainsfield. It had been empty for some time and was in need of a bit of TLC. With the support of the Ford and Etal Estate we set about planning and constructing an refurb and repurposing of the building to fit our needs, built around the brewery workflow for our recently acquired 7.5BBL brew kit purchased from Goose Eye Brewery in West Yorkshire as they expanded into new premises.


Pete & Jonny inspect the brewery plans.


What will be our fermentation room.


The brewhouse itself. The engine room of Cheviot Brewery.

A New Brewery in Slainsfield

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A BRAND new real ale brewery is set to begin production of original cask ale in Slainsfield, near the village of Etal, this Summer.

The newly formed Cheviot Brewery will occupy the currently vacant property of the former North Northumberland Hunt kennels, on the Ford & Etal Estate, where work is already underway to renovate the premises in order to house the new venture.

The team behind the brewery are all united by a passion for good beer and rambling through breath-taking scenery, so their base in the shadow of the Cheviot Hills is the perfect location from which to create their ales – all of which are inspired by the landscape of this part of Northumberland.

Founders Peter Nash, Jonathan Hodgson and Neil Baker have deliberately chosen names such as “The Cheviot”, “Panorama” and “Black Hag” in order to evoke the local landscape into their ale.

“We believe that every good walk should end with a great pint” states Peter Nash, “and that is what we aim to produce, ales that quench the thirst after a good hike.”

“The location is inspiring and we are delighted to be situated on the Ford and Etal estate, who have been very supportive of our venture,” added co-founder Jonathan Hodgson. “The site needs some redevelopment and we are working with the estate management to get the premises ready to brew in.”

Lord Joicey of Ford and Etal Estate has followed the development with interest.  “The site at Slainsfield has been empty for a while” he said.  “I am delighted that we have found such an enthusiastic trio to take it on and I wish them every success in this venture”.

With a production facility able to produce over 2000 pints in every brew, Cheviot Brewery will supply their cask ales to pubs and restaurants across the North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders and are also looking to support local events and markets in Northumberland.

Fellow founder Neil Baker said, “Creating a brewery has been a long time in the planning for us so we are delighted to be on the final straight, we just cannot wait to see our pump clips on the bar and for people to be drinking Cheviot ale.”