Great Newsome Brewery

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Great Newsome Brewery
Matthew Hodgson
Founded2007 in East Yorkshire, England
Winestead, Hull
Area served
Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire

The Great Newsome Brewery is a brewery based in East Yorkshire, England. Founded by the Hodgson Family in 2007, the business functions as a sister company to the family’s farm.


According to Matthew Hodgson, the Hodgsons had strongly considered setting up a brewery since the late 1990s due to the unpredictability of the farming market at the time. They officially started the Great Newsome Brewery in 2007 after noticing increasing interest in locally produced food and drink.[1][2]

The brewery began with a focus on branding the farming heritage of the Hodgson family, as well as the history and traditions of the local area. For example, Sleck Dust derives its name from “Slecking the Dust”. The phrase spawned from combine harvester operators who, before the widespread adoption of windscreens in operator cabs, needed to quench the thirst (or rather, “sleck”[3]) caused by the constant dust they were exposed to.[4]

Society of Independent Brewers awarded Great Newsome with a SIBA FSQ in December 2015, becoming one of the UK’s first breweries to obtain one.[5] Frothingham Best was given both the “Europe’s Best Bitter under 5%” and “World’s Best Bitter under 5%” at the 2013 World Beer Awards.[6][7] The bitter would win gold at the World Beer Awards once again in 2018, this time in the “Bitters up to 5%” category.[8] The brewery's Liquorice Lads' Stout won a 3-star award at the 2016 Great Taste Awards.[9]

The brewery began exporting to Italy in 2015.[10] The following year Conservative Member of parliament Graham Stuart visited Great Newsome, using the company as an example of how small businesses could successfully use UK Trade & Investment advisors to begin exportation.[11]

The brewery announced strategy to double its production capabilities in 2017;[12] the work was finally completed in early 2020.[13] As of 2020, the Great Newsome Brewery has a brewing capacity of 20 UK-barrels.


To mark their 1000th brew, the Brewery hosted an open day on the 22nd August 2015.[14] The brewery has continued to present annual open days in subsequent years (these later events being dubbed “Festivales”. These events quickly grew in scale and slowly incorporated musical acts, local food, and support for local charities.[15][16]

Supported charities have included:

· Daisy Appeal Medical Charity (2017)[17]

· Dove House Hospice (2018)[18]

· Yorkshire Air Ambulance (2019) [19] [20]

Sport Sponsorships

The Heart of the Wolds Sportive has been sponsored annually by Great Newsome since 2013. The brewery brewed Maillot Jaune for cyclists to sample during the race.[21]

In December 2018, Rugby League club Hull Kingston Rovers announced that Great Newsome Brewery would be supplying the club with Kit-Room Craft; a new canned beer for matchdays.[22]

The brewery has sponsored and provided matchday beer for the Rugby Union club Hull Ionians since 2013.

In addition to rugby, the brewery has also been a sponsor of the Ice Hockey team Hull Pirates since the 2018/19 English National Ice Hockey League season. The brewery produced a limited run of Pirates Plunder in 2019, which was the club’s official beer during its production cycle.[23]


  1. "Farm of the week: A heady brew of success for one farming family". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  2. "Great Newsome Brewery - Reasons to celebrate". FMCG Magazine. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  3. Wright, Joseph (1961). The English dialect dictionary, being the complete vocabulary of all dialect words still in use, or known to have been in use during the last two hundred years. Рипол Классик. ISBN 978-5-88096-303-4.
  4. "Sleck Dust - Beer Number 1". Great Newsome Brewery. 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  5. Miles, Helen (2015-12-18). "East Yorkshire Brewery Awarded New Industry Quality Certificate". deliciouslyorkshire. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  6. "World's Best Bitter up to 5% – Great Newsome / Frothingham Best – World beer awards 2013". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  7. "World's Best Bitter up to 5% – Great Newsome / Frothingham Best – World beer awards 2013". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  8. Miles, Helen (2018-09-06). "Big cheers as Great Newsome Brewery wins TWO World Beer Awards". deliciouslyorkshire. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  9. "Great Newsome Brewery awarded 3 Great Taste Stars!". SIBA - The Voice Of British Brewing. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  10. "East Yorkshire Brewer is a Welcome Tipple in Milan at Tuttofood". SIBA - The Voice Of British Brewing. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  11. "Graham Stuart, Beverley and Holderness". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  12. "Great Newsome Brewery looks to double production". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  13. "2020 for Great Newsome". Great Newsome Brewery. 2020-01-21. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  14. "1st Brewery Open Day On Saturday 22nd Of August". Great Newsome Brewery. 2015-08-11. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  15. Robinson, Hannah (2018-06-11). "This amazing ale festival will raise cash for Dove House this monh". hulldailymail. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  16. "Festivale 2019 Success". Great Newsome Brewery. 2019-07-23. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  17. Hub, What's On. "Great Newsome Festivale". What's On Hub: Hull. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  18. Robinson, Hannah (2018-06-11). "This amazing ale festival will raise cash for Dove House this monh". hulldailymail. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  19. "Yorkshire Air Ambulance Benefits From Festivale 2019". Great Newsome Brewery. 2019-07-30. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  20. "Great Newsome Festivale | Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity". Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  21. "Yorkshire-based brewery launches Maillot Jaune beer". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  22. "New official beer of Hull KR launched". Hull KR. 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  23. "Pirates Plunder". Great Newsome Brewery. Retrieved 2020-03-13.

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