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.
Also, we have a Cider Maker producing in Cumbria : Cockrobin Cider, Abbeytown.
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.
Appropriately named 'Beer is My
Life' web site!