Brewery success at Brockhampton Estate
Many old buildings in our care are at risk of becoming dilapidated. The best way to protect them is to use them. This is the story of how one old barn became a micro brewery and was given a new lease of life.
In 2005, a brewer approached the National Trust looking for buildings suitable for a microbrewery business. We suggested the vacant Oast House Barn which had once housed cattle, might be the ideal space for a microbrewery.
To prepare the barn to become a microbrewery it needed to be made entirely frost-proof. We needed to install services such as water, telecoms and a power supply. With the barn being two stories we were also able to create staff offices and a visitor viewing area.
Most important of all we had to make provision for the resident bats and their roosts to ensure they still had somewhere to live and that an act of building conservation did not negatively affect the conservation of bat habitats here at Brockhampton.
Happily, the building looks unaltered in its setting and maintains a sense of church-like space within. This formally redundant building now has a practical purpose.
Since 2014 Odyssey Brew Co. have been the tenants here. They use the space to make a range of delicious beers which are sold locally.
This project is another example of a successful re-use of old buildings. We have brought a redundant rural building back into operation, and at the same time helped support the local economy and an independent local business.