There are currently some 20+ breweries producing
excellent cask conditioned beers within Cumbria. More details on some of
the brewers is given below.
Additionally, breweries are under construction at :
Beck Hotel, Beckermet (due to start-up in July)
Also, we have a Cider Maker producing in Cumbria :
Cockrobin Cider, Abbeytown.
Cumbria's original micro-brewery set up in 1986 by the then brewer at Jennings. Graeme and Caroline Baxter, from County Durham, recently took over as the new owners of the award-winning Yates brewery at Ghyll Farm, Westnewton, near Aspatria. And the couple have launched a new beer to mark their arrival as successors to brewery founders Peter and Carole Yates. But real ale enthusiasts are assured there will be no change to Yates' two traditional bitters, which are regarded as flagship brews by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. he brewery's capacity of 34 barrels a week. These are mostly distributed to free houses. Yates Bitter is 3.7ABV, Yates XB is 4.5% and Yates Premium is 5.2% They also produce a malty US style No3 at 4.2% and dark Best Cellar at 5.9%.
near Ambleside produces the rich amd tasty Cracker Ale with an ABV of 3.9%.
Brew-pub in Cockermouth.
Coniston Brewing Co's
Bluebird bitter , declared overall Champion
Beer of Britain by CAMRA. Coniston's Old Man Ale is 4.4%ABV.
brewery, known as Hardknott Brewery, started brewing in December
2005. The first beers being available by New Years Eve. We use
a 2 barrel brew length plant.
Blencathra Bitter and Pigs
Might Fly are among beers brewed at
Hesket Newmarket brewery. The village's 240 residents use
'crowns' to pay for their beer. Kim Matthews, landlord of the
Crown public house with help from Voluntary Action Cumbria clubbed
together and raised £58,000 to ensure continuation of business
started 13 year earlier by retired teachers Liz and Jim Fearnley
In 2005 The four Cumbria branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have produced the first comprehensive guide to real ale pubs in the county for over 12 years.
This pocket sized Cumbria Real Ale Guide (CRAG) is a must for beer lovers or indeed for anyone visiting the Lake District who wants to know where to get a pint of real ale. It contains location details and brief descriptions of 565 pubs, hotels, bars and clubs, as well as handy town maps and a pull-out map of Cumbria.
Editor Jim Chapple thinks that beer buffs will seek out the guide not least for its section on the breweries of Cumbria, complete with tasting notes of each of their regular beers. 'This is the first time so much information has been collected together in one publication' he says. 'The beer choice is now better than it has ever been, with more than 70 different beers being regularly brewed in Cumbria.'
When the last Cumbrian guide was produced in 1993 there were just five breweries in the county. The new guide lists sixteen breweries, ranging from the tiniest microbrewery Abraham Thompson's in Barrow, and the yet to be opened Ings Mill brewery at the Watermill, through to our historic regional brewery Jennings of Cockermouth. Jim points out that 40% of real ale pubs in Cumbria, including many free houses, offer one or more Jennings beers on a regular basis. For further information contact:
Jim Chapple, CRAG editor, CAMRA
West Cumbria 01900 827005
Alan Risdon, Branch Contact, CAMRA Westmorland 01539 433912
Phil Tuer, Pubs Liaison Officer, CAMRA Solway 01228 522118
Kate Tomlinson, Branch Contact CAMRA Furness 01229 833773
Ros Berry, Press Officer, CAMRA West Cumbria 01900 825614
Further details of the Cumbria Real Ale Guide can be found on the West Cumbria CAMRA website www.westcumbriacamra.org.uk and future changes to pub listings will also be displayed here.
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