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We're gearing up for Damson Day this Saturday. One of the few occassions, outside our own beer festivals, that we set up our own bar. Given the name of the event it may be no surprise to hear we'll be serving Damson Stout!

The annual event is held just 7 miles from the brewery at Low Farm in the Lyth Valley and is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the damson blossom. The fruit, once in huge demand during and after World War II for jam, has a tart flavour which not only works well in jam but in pies, liqueurs and beer of course.

Our damson beer, an oatmeal stout fermented with damsons from last year's harvest, has been brewed especially for the event. The tart plum fruitiness of the damsons are married with flavours of dark chocolate and coffee to produce a unique fruit beer. We'll be serving it from cask and keg, and for the first time, due to demand, in bottle. There'll be gift packs too so you can buy some to take home with you.

Further details of the event can be found on our 'What's On' page, or visit the Westmorland Damson Association website if you'd like to learn more about this little fruit of the plum family.


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