New brewery formed on Ford and Etal Estate

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

Friday, 2nd February 2018, 10:19 am
Lord Joicey with micro-brewery founders Peter Nash, Jonathan Hodgson and Neil Baker.

The newly-formed Cheviot Brewery will occupy the currently vacant property of the former North Northumberland Hunt kennels, on the Ford and Etal Estate, where work is already under way 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 and that is what we aim to produce, ales that quench the thirst after a good hike,” said Peter Nash.

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“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 more than 2,000 pints in every brew, Cheviot Brewery will supply its cask ales to pubs and restaurants across the North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders, and is 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.”

Meanwhile, the refurbishment of the nearby Black Bull pub in Etal is progressing well.

Work is being carried out by Berwick-based MT Richardson and it is anticipatedthe pub will reopen in May under a lease agreement between the estate and Michael Pickard and Marshall Muirhead.