East Yorkshire's Great Newsome Brewery gears up for expansion
CHEERS: Great Newsome Brewery is expanding. Pic shows the brewery team (l-r) Matthew Hodgson, Ruby the Springer Spaniel, Donna Hodgson, James Hodgson, Nick Broadhurst, Nick Hopper, Doreen Hodgson, Laurence Hodgson, Rachel Spruce and Jonathan Hodgson.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jul 2017
Its products have earned a place in the hearts of real ale fans nationwide – not to mention the title of ‘best beer in the world’ at the World Beer Awards.
Now, Great Newsome Brewery in South Frodingham is bidding to double its production capacity with an investment that marks ten years of successful business.
The Holderness beer producer has submitted plans to East Riding Council for an expansion that would enable it to up production by an additional 14,500 pints of beer a week.
The move would see the conversion of a former farm building into dedicated brewery building incorporating brew house, cold store and raw material storage.
Director Matthew Hodgson said the secret to success had been to remain focused on producing classic artisanal beers.
He said: “Our beer is very drinkable and made using malt from barley grown on our farm. People will come back to them time and time again.
“We are 100 per cent committed to quality, sustainability and longevity.
“By remaining true to our roots and acknowledging our strengths, we have retained and grown our share in an increasingly crowded market, which is now become dominated by brands taking inspiration from alternative culture.”
Great Newsome Brewery launched in 2007 as a farm diversification scheme.
It has since become synonymous with high quality classic beers, with names inspired by the farm and the surrounding countryside.
These include the multi award winning Frothingham Best and the special anniversary brew, Jem’s 10, which is named after the family’s former springer spaniel.
The brewery currently employs up to nine people – a figure set to grow over the next two years.
Its latest expansion plans have the potential to add value to an additional 57 tonnes of home grown malting barley each year, all of which is turned into malt at Muntons in Flamborough.
While notching up awards over the last decade, which include Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Foods, Great Newsome has extended its customer base from Yorkshire to the rest of the UK and it has started selling overseas.
The brewery now has growing business with major retailers including Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons, as well as garage forecourt shops and independent retailers.
It is also available at pubs throughout the region and beyond.
Great Newsome has sold more than 60 different beers and is this year brewing the official Hull 2017 cask and bottled beers under the Brewculture label.
Speaking about the decision to move into brewing in the first place, Mr Hodgson – who has a degree in aircraft construction, as well as qualifications in the science of brewing – said: “It was a family decision and we bought a brewery as big as the budget would allow.
“Our first beer was Sleck Dust followed closely by Pricky Back Otchan.
“They remain favourites today and we still supply our original customers.”
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