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About Big S Brewing & Engineering Services

In-Depth Brewing Industry Knowledge – From the coalface


As an ex-brewery owner (The Cheshire Brewhouse) and fully qualified engineer, Shane understands what makes a brewery tick:

  • I know what you go through every day as a business owner.

  • I understand that you can't afford downtime due to unforeseen problems.

  • I offer a professional understanding of brewing equipment, process, and the industry in general.

  • I have a real passion for quality.

  • I have over 10 years of hands-on experience as a professional brewer and brewery engineer.

These are the core reasons why I set up Big-S Brewery Consultation. My aim is to quickly understand your issue, investigate it, provide a plan of action, then to provide you with a no-fuss, top quality service.

Services On Offer – Real Life Experience

When I hand built the Cheshire Brewhouse from scratch. I already had an engineering background and as a qualified engineer, with over a decade of experience working in the food and beverage industry. I also had more than 5 years experience working as a lead engineer for Molson Coors, at their Burton-On-Trent brewery. There, I learned from a range of very experienced brewers and decided to cut my own path, setting up the Cheshire Brewhouse, the rest is history.

There isn't much I can't help you with as far as brewing and brewery equipment goes. As an independent consultant. I'm small enough to react to your needs, and provide you with a personalised service.

I'd love to hear from you to start a business relationship today.

Confidence in Success

Shane won multiple awards as owner and head brewer of The Cheshire Brewhouse. Here's a sample of his achievements and time spent in the US at the annual Maine Beer Box. He even had a portrait painted of him serving his beer at the event.

Big-S Brewery & Engineering Services

Shane Swindells founded Big S Brewery & Engineering Services in 2022, following an expansive career in the UK food & brewing industry. He is best known as the owner of the Cheshire Brewhouse, which closed in 2022. 


As an ex-brewery owner, he understands the challenges of running, and operating a brewery in the UK.


Shane has a wide skill set, having previously worked in an engineering maintenance, and management capacity. He has worked for the following companies:


  • John Morley importers Ltd – Works Engineer

  • Premier Foods: Multi Skilled Engineer

  • Packaging Automation: Multiskilled Service Engineer

  • Harland Labellers: Multiskilled Engineer

  • Coors Burton brewery: Multi-skilled Engineer, Planning engineer

  • Saica Paper Mill Carrington: Planning Engineer


Shane opened The Cheshire Brewhouse, in Congleton, Cheshire in 2012. He ran the brewery for 10 years before selling up and moving on. During those 10 years, he made quite a noise in the UK's vibrant Craft Brewing Scene. 


Shane won many prestigious awards for his The Cheshire Brewhouse beer's, maintaining his ethos of quality at the forefront of everything.


Shane's awards include:


  • British Food Magazine: Best English IPA

  • Great Taste Awards:

  • Lindow, Engine Vein, 1Star

  • Daneish, Govinda: 2 Stars

  • Govinda: 3 Stars

  • World Beer Awards

  • Bluesbreaker Silver

  • World Heritage Malt Brewing Award Medal Winner: Govinda


Shane's reputation as a master brewer lead him to gain the trust of Crisp malts to be the first to brew trials, then the first proper commercial batch of beer with the heritage Chevallier barley. 


Shane offers a wealth of knowledge when working with heritage varieties of barley. His first-hand knowledge of heritage barley varieties includes: 


  • Chevallier

  • Plumage Archer

  • Long Ear Nottingham.


With many contacts in the brewing and engineering world, and first-hand knowledge of managing safety and environmental issues. Shane can offer a broad portfolio of services, and has a wealth of knowledge to tap from.


For the best advice and support in the brewing industry, contact Big S Brewery & Engineering Services now.

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Click email me below to start a conversation today. How can I help you? 

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