Established in 2016 in Elsdon, the heart of Northumberland. The First & Last is an award winning, family-run, microbrewery. We brew small batch cask-conditioned and bottled beer. Our beers are inspired by the wild, untamed landscape and starry skies of Northumberland.

“We like our beers to link to Northumberland, either in name or ingredients, preferably both. Whenever possible we like to make beers not just in, but with Northumberland”


Finest quality malts, water and hops are critical to creating excellent beer. Equally important to us is the quality of the relationship we have with you.


Brewing is part science part art. We enjoy being creative. We hope you enjoy the results.


Northumberland inspires us. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our impact on this wild landscape and the wider environment.

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We’re over the moon to have won 2 awards at the SIBA NE Independent Beer Awards last night. A bronze for our Red Rowan (Irish Red) in cask and silver for our Damson Porter in bottle. Cheers!.

In cahoots with…..

You may have noticed that collaborations are pretty popular between breweries these days. They’re a great opportunity to hang out with like minded people, talk beer, learn something new, try something new, geek out on; OGs, FGs, attenuation, ingredients, adjuncts…..whatever floats your boat, without too many funny looks. Community is really important to us….it’s a […]

Block by Block

One of our favourite Christmas presents this year was a brick! Given to us by a friend who found it in the foundations of a workshop in Northumberland a few days before Christmas. It was in the base of a small foundry. Dave pulled the whole lot our, a whole skip full but only 4 […]

So that was 2018….

So that was 2018…what a year! A year ago we were gypsy brewing – using other people’s breweries as and when we could. This year we’ve spent a lot of time filling in forms, looking behind sofas for money, applying for various licences, digging trenches for water & electricity mains. In April 2018 we finally […]