Micro-brewery and Gin Palace
Fancy a tipple? You’ve come to the right place.
We just so happen to have our own onsite Gin Palace, Craft Beer Microbrewery and new for 2019 the 1881 Gin Distillery and School.
Let’s talk gin
Home to over 90 different kinds of gins, it’s hard not to love our Gin Palace. Slap bang in the middle of our hallway, it’s pretty hard to miss. The hardest part will be picking your tipple. And when we say Gin palace, what we really mean is more of a greenhouse. Relax in the lounge or sun room, and if you’re lucky you might even get to catch some sun outside.
Back to (gin)school
Every drop of 1881 Gin is taken from our very own private spring – Shieldgreen – the very same spring that drew people to ‘take the waters’ at Peebles Hydro when we opened our doors in 1881. Today, the draw is rather different: Shieldgreen now supplies the gleaming copper stills of our very own distillery and our attendant gin school. Along with many of the botanicals grown here in our grounds and our very own tonic water, 1881 Gin is trickled, nurtured and perfected by Peebles. Meet the 1881 Gin Family here.
Have you met Freewheelin’ Brewery?
In a separate little building to the right of the main hotel, you’ll find our Richard busily brewing, fermenting and hopping up his ales. And up at our bar you’ll find the finished product.
The one-man brewery operation has been a big hit with us. You’ll see our blonde ale – The Cherub, named after our little statue out the front of the hotel. The Runner Duck IPA is named after our most recent additions to the animal farm down at Peebles Hendro and the ruby ale – The Badger… well, we’re not really sure where that name came from, but one thing’s for sure – they’re delicious.
It’s been a whirlwind of bubbles and froth since Richard came to join us in 2016. He wanted to take advantage of our fresh water supply at Shielgreen to add a real touch of Peebles to the ales, and of course we wanted to take advantage of the tasty brews.
Richard will even give you a little tour around the micro-brewery and show you he turns our water into beer.