Deeside Brewery started out as Hillside Brewery opened by brewer Rob James in 2006 with brewing taking place at his house in Lumphanan. The original brewery was housed in an old croft house and farm buildings on a hillside at the property. A keen local history buff, Rob named his beers after historical figures from the northeast of Scotland. Deeside Brewery reopened in early 2012 after a brief period of closure. After securing new investment from a local businessman, the much needed capital was used to fund the hiring of new staff and an expansion of the brewery plant roughly doubling its previous capacity. One of the most visible signs of the new management is the redesign of the company's logo and beer labels; however, the flavours of the original beers have not been altered.