There are currently some 20+ breweries producing excellent cask conditioned
beers within Cumbria. More details on some of the brewers is given below.
Also see the CAMRA
The breweries of Cumbria - many of whose ales are featured at the Cockermouth Beer Festival:
Geltsdale Brewery - Brampton - Started up in November 2006.
Great Gable Brewery, The Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale
Ulverston Brewery: www.ulverstonbrewingcompany.co.uk
Abraham Thompson's Brewery, Barrow
Ulverston Brewing Co
Hardknott Brewery (Woolpack Inn, Boot)
Keswick Brewery: The Keswick Brewing Company was established by Phil and Sue Harrison during Spring 2006. The brewery is located on the site of a brewery which closed in 1897, at The Old Brewery on Brewery Lane in Keswick. Brewery Tours are available. Please ring to find out opening times or to book a tour.
Cumbrian Legendary Ales, Hawkshead
Watermill Brewing Company, Ings.
Whitehaven Brewing Co - Ennerdale
Additionally, breweries are under construction at :
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%.
Coniston Brewing Co's
Bluebird bitter , declared overall Champion
Beer of Britain by CAMRA. Coniston's Old Man Ale is 4.4%ABV.
The 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.
There are four CAMRA Branches covering Cumbria, namely West Cumbria and Western Lakes, Westmorland, Furness and Solway. Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)
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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