There are nearly 30 Lake District breweries, which is not surprising given the regions great locally produced food and drinks heritage. Here’s a look at our favourite 6, and some of the most famous Lake District breweries and the beers, ales and ciders you really should try if you go on a brewery tour.
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1. Keswick Brewery
Now in its 9th year, Keswick Brewery is one of the most famous Lakeland breweries boasting a near unrivaled heritage with its Victorian brew house location.
This brewery produces a range of beers that are all named with a ‘thirst’ prefix, including Thirst Run, Thirst Fall which is quite chocolatey, Thirst Noel and Thirst Rescue. The latter sees some profits made to the Mountain Rescue, which alongside its great taste makes Thirst Rescue a definite to try on one of Keswick Brewery’s year round tours.
2. Тhе Strands Brewery
The Strands Brewery is quite unique in that it only brews beers for its own usage. Located in the quiet town of Nether Wasdale, the brewery is very popular with The Campaign for Real Ale, coming second in the Pub of the Year award in West Cumbria in 2009.
The Strands Brewery is renowned for its unique beer names which famously lack creativity. The better known conception is a beer called ‘Errrrrrrm’, and another which was named by the pubs regulars. They kept within the naming trend and called it the ‘T’Errrrrminator’.
3. Coniston Brewery
Another well known Lake District brewery, Coniston Brewery at the back of the Black Bull Pub is a popular supplier to many pubs in the area. The Lake District is a region that often looks to supply local food and drink to their customers, and with great beers such as the Bluebird Bitter and Old Man Ale being brewed up in the town, it’s not hard to see why.
One beer to try in particular when Christmas comes calling is the Blacksmith’s Ale, a strong rich ale that will most likely remind the drinker of Christmas pudding.
4. Jennings Brewery
Jennings Brewery is the largest brewing house in Cumbria by some distance, but has endured some troubled times over the past decade with a buyout in 2005 before later migrating to Marston’s. Jennings as a name and the beer they produced was so popular though that the original name persists – thanks in part to the locals in Cockermouth who are used to the Jennings name adorning the sign above the brewery.
Alongside their great beers such as Jennings Bitter, Cocker Hoop, Snecklifter and Cumberland Ale, Jennings has warmed the hearts of its drinkers in more ways than one. After the serious flooding in the area, the brewery donated 10p in every pint sold to help the region and those affected. To date nearly £180,000 has been raised.
Jennings Brewery is a must visit for real ale lovers with tours and sampling throughout the year. There’s also a good bar and tea room on-site.
5. Hesket Newmarket
There aren’t many Lake District breweries with royal connections, but Heskey Newmarket does. Prince Charles is a supporter of the brewery which is owned by the community, and he can sometimes be spotted popping in for a cheeky pint surrounded by his protective enterage.
Near Caldbeck, the brewery names the majority of its beers after the areas most famous fells. These include Catbells Pale Ale, Old Carrock Strong Ale which has a festive flavour and Great Cockup Porter which is rather chocolatey.
Another great brewery to stop off and look at with regular tours and a very good curry house in the pub next door.
6. Yates Brewery
Yates is the oldest independent brewery in the Lake District region and its beers are extremely popular with landlords in Cumbria with many of the breweries top ales being stocked in the pubs.
Some of the most popular offerings include the traditional Yates Bitter, Solway Sunset and the pun-tastic Yates Best Cellar which is their very own Christmas number one.
Visiting the Lake District
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