Peebles Hydro help brew up the perfect recipe for visitors’ ale-ments

Peebles Hydro has joined forces with a local entrepreneur to set up a microbrewery on the grounds of the historic hotel.

The one-man brewhouse, paid for by a local crowdfunding campaign, has set up home in the grounds of the 19th century hotel. Peebles Hydro was first opened by the Hydropathic Company in 1881, using water therapy as a way of treating the various ailments of guests.

Occupying a repurposed old joinery building located in the extensive grounds, the microbrewery has been taking advantage of the flowing spring water from the slopes of Dunslair Heights to brew up a range of craft ales, which are sold in the bar and shop at Peebles Hydro as well as several other pubs across the region.

Founder Richard White set up Freewheelin’ Brewery Co. in his garage in 2012 after taking redundancy from a 30-year career in manufacturing and computing. A crowdfunding campaign by friends, family and the local community helped Richard raise enough to move into a small unit in Peebles in 2013 before taking up residence in the grounds of Peebles Hydro in summer 2016.

Since then, he’s been busy perfecting three successful ales and has recently released three more limited edition brews to celebrate the Six Nations Rugby tournament. Talking about the new partnership with Peebles Hydro, Richard commented:

“After being faced with redundancy, it seemed like the perfect time to start a new venture and with some fantastic support I began Freewheelin’ Brewery. We’ve settled in well to our new home at Peebles Hydro and have been busy brewing a selection of craft ale for casks and bottles and are getting a fantastic response. We’ve had guests pop in for an informal tour and everybody has been really interested in what we’re doing and I’m looking forward to developing this partnership.”

Patrick Diack, General Manager at Peebles Hydro added:

“This has been an exciting partnership and we’re delighted to have Freewheelin’ Brewery calling Peebles Hydro home. We’re committed to supporting local community projects and with our natural supply of one of the most important ingredients in beer, water, it seemed only fitting for them to join us here at Peebles Hydro.

“The three beers have been very well received here at Peebles Hydro and our sister hotel The Park, with many visitors enjoying an ale at the bar or taking one of the special gift-packs available in the shop home with them. With three more beers to celebrate the Six Nation’s, our guests can get behind Scotland with a truly-Scottish craft ale!”

Freewheelin’ Beer is available by the bottle in the bar at Peebles Hydro and The Park Hotel and gift packs are available in the Peebles Hydro Shop.

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Do you have an animal alter ego? Peebles Hydro thinks so!

You may have heard of Cherith Harrison, the award-winning Peebles artist who’s now gracing the shelves of Sainsbury’s.

Cherith was recently commissioned by the supermarket chain to come up with some of her uniquely Scottish animal drawings for its shortbread tins.

Peebles Hydro, which stocks a wide range of Cherith’s illustrated gifts, is running a competition to win a goody bag of her gifts and an exclusive sketch of their pet on a postcard. Entrants are asked to share a photo of their pet on Peebles Hydro’s Facebook page with a reason why their pet should win. The competition runs from Thursday November 24th and the winner will be announced on Wednesday November 30th.

Cherith’s animal-inspired gifts include cards, tote bags, tea towels and mugs. A big hit with Peebles Hydro visitors and locals alike, they go a bit deeper than just cuteness. Cherith’s belief is that we all have an animal alter ego, whether it’s the Loyal Scottie, the Cheery Red Squirrel or the Loyal Stag.

After graduating from Edinburgh School of Art, Cherith began her giftware business in 2012. A recent commissioning from Sainsbury’s has led to her animal designs being featured on the front of shortbread tins in their Christmas collection.

Patrick Diack, General Manager of Peebles Hydro, said:

“We’re delighted to offer the chance to win a bespoke drawing by the very talented Peebles artist Cherith Harrison. We’ve stocked her delightful range of gifts in our shop here at Peebles Hydro for a few years now and they’re a massive hit with our visitors. Her collection represents something unique and quaintly Scottish and we’re sure she’ll come up with something very special for our winner. Plus, the gift of goodies is a perfect animal lover’s present for Christmas.”

  • Peebles Hydro is at Innerleithen Road, Peebles EH45 8LX.

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Could Peebles Hydro be advertising the best job in the world?

As the nation trudges through ‘Blue Monday’, widely believed to be the most depressing day of the year, and the thought of getting out of bed and going to work is too much for many, Peebles Hydro may have just the antidote to those January blues – a job, career and escape to put a smile on even the weariest of faces…

Peebles Hydro are recruiting for a Head of Fun.

The 125-year-old hotel, located in the heart of the Scottish Borders and under 25 miles from Edinburgh, is searching for someone energetic and creative who can lead the way on all the fun things guests can do at the rural resort, from running the Bike Zone to creating innovative activities to engage children in the Kids Club.

Usually landing on the third Monday of January, this year’s Blue Monday has arrived on January 18th 2016 and, at what is a notoriously gloomy time of year for many people, Peebles Hydro hope their new job opening will inspire people to dump the desk job and apply to be part of something special where no one day is the same.

Patrick Diack, General Manager of Peebles Hydro, commented:

“We cannot think of a better time of year to recruit for a Head of Fun. January can be such a gruelling time of year for many and perhaps ‘Blue Monday’ will bring us some amazing applicants who are ready to have some fun at Peebles Hydro. The position is certainly not a desk job, this is a hand-on position for someone who gets a kick out of bringing a smile to the faces of people of all ages and is adept at connecting with people.”

Peebles Hydro, part of the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, is a hotel steeped in history welcoming visitors for over a century. A traditional grand building, Peebles Hydro has embraced the modern, while retaining its heritage and appeal as an idyllic and relaxing country retreat, offering a state-of-the art gym and pool, a luxuriously rejuvenating spa, a beautifully refurbished grand dining room and an array of leisure activities for guests to enjoy in the leisure resort.

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