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  • 17 February 2017

    New Beer - Jantar

    Our latest Cask Session Series brew - Jantar - is a Polish amber ale at 4% ABV.

    Developed by brewer Mark the recipe incorporates two Polish hops - Junga and Marynka as well as some Bramling Cross, a British variety, for bittering. Junga adds grapefruit, spicy & blackcurrant aromas and flavours to the beer while Marynka, used for dry-hopping, adds very floral, herby & resinous notes. Amber malt gives good body and a light biscuit flavour to the beer.

    Named after the Polish word for ‘amber’ Jantar is available in cask and is out for delivery to pubs and bars across the country from Friday 17th onwards. It will feature on the bar at the brewery tap, The Beer Hall from week commencing 20th February. 

  • Windermere Pale is now on the march to the Champion Beer of Britain finals after being declared the best beer in the North West by CAMRA at its Liverpool Beer festival, on Wednesday 15th February.

    Windermere Pale has been given multiple awards by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) since it was launched in 2009 plus it has a silver medal from “the Oscars of the brewing industry,” the International Brewing Awards.

    This is the second time we’ve had the North West champion beer – Cumbrian 5 Hop won the title in 2013. As a result this will be the 7th year in a row that we’ll have a beer in the Champion Beer of Britain finals.

  • We brewed more than a million litres of beer in 2016.

    We clocked up a total of 10,169 hectolitres (1,016,900 litres) - an increase of 8% over 2015, made possible by a £175,000 investment in extra fermentation capacity, in spring last year.

    65% of our 2016 production was cask conditioned beer. “Cask led the British brewing revolution. It is unique to Britain. Cask is this country’s craft” said owner Alex Brodie, “we believe in cask and we are investing in it”.

    As part of our 'Cask Session Series' we’re planning a new cask beer a month throughout 2017, starting with January’s 'Session IPA' at 4.7%, which builds on the beer of the same name brewed in collaboration with a dozen craft brewers at our July beer festival – Northern Craft.

    We put on Northern Craft twice a year, in March and July, at The Beer Hall – to celebrate innovative craft brewing in the north of Britain.

  • 30 December 2016

    A Look Back at 2016

    New Beers
    2016 saw us release 15 new beers; our first cans (Iti & IPA), three bottled beers previously only on limited edition draught (Solar Sour, Tonka & Chuckleberry Sour) plus Bourbon Barrel Aged Northern Imperial Stout, Tiramisu, Lime Wood Wild, Kai Moana Gose, Session IPA Mass Collab Brew, Orbit Pale Ale, Northern Imperial Stout, Vienna Lager, Dry Hopped Citra Sour and Earl Grey & Seville Orange Sour.

    In the Spring we completed an expansion project allowing us to increase capacity. We extended our fermentation room, added new vessels and built a new cold-conditioning room. Having been brewing at capacity for a year it means we’ll be able to increase production up to 14,000 hectolitres (that’s about 2.5 million pints) a year.

    International Rainbow Project
    It was green again for us at the Kiwi edition of this epic collab project. The sea surrounding both island nations was the inspiration for our Yeastie Boys collab Kai Moana Gose. Yet again the project produced some of the most talked about and in demand collab beers of the year. The draw for 2017 has been made and we’re heading back to the USA. Our partnering brewery is Modern Times and we get to brew with them not once but twice - the second brew will be barrel aged for an extra special release in 2018.

    We won industry awards not just for our beers this year but also for our tap, The Beer Hall, which was voted Pub of The Year by Westmorland CAMRA. We picked up four Golds, a Silver and a Bronze at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North West Region Beer Competition, Tonka taking the top title of Overall Champion Bottled Beer. Windermere Pale and Lakeland Lager in bottle also won Golds plus IPA in cask Bronze. We had two beers in the final of CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition and both won medals - NZPA took silver and Hawkshead Bitter bronze (in their categories).

    Northern Craft Beer Festival
    This year we celebrated our 10th summer beer festival and to mark the occasion we did a mass collaboration brew - Head Brewer Matt was joined by 12 other craft brewers to create Session IPA. Brewers from Magic Rock, Thornbridge, Cloudwater, Marble, Quantum, Siren, Buxton, Fyne, Runaway, Pivovar, Ashover, and Roosters pitched in to brew the 4.7% fruit-bomb of a beer.
    243 casks and kegs, of 106 different beers from 29 breweries were drunk dry during the three day festival.

    Collaboration Brews
    This year we worked with 18 breweries, 12 of which descended upon Staveley in July for our Northern Craft Mass Collab Brew. Most recently we brewed Tiramisu with Wayne Wambles from Cigar City, with the Indy Man Beer Con team there was Lime Wood Wild, for the Rainbow Project with Yeastie Boys there was Kai Moana Gose. For Manchester Beer Week Matt brewed at Runaway to produce Manchester Tart, at Stewart in Edinburgh – Margarita Gose and back in January he got together with Blackjack & Quantum to brew Manuka.

    Dates for your diary 2017

    • Tap Take Over & Meet the Brewer at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh: 14 January
    • Manchester Beer & Cider Festival: 19-21 January
    • Thornbridge Taps Guest Beer Festival, Tap Take Over & Meet the Brewer at The Greystones Sheffield: 28 January
    • Craft Beer Rising, London: 23-25 February
    • Northern Craft Beer Festivals: 24-26 March and 20-22 July
    • Tap Take Over at Dead Crafty Beer Co, Liverpool: 15 June
  • It's here...Tiramisu our collab with Cigar City Brewing. A hugely layered dessert beer.

    Inspired by the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu, this is a strong stout, made with coffee beans (blended and roasted by Mr Duffin’s Coffee of Staveley) and 8 varieties of malt.

    A pre-release 4.5 gallon cask will be on at Tap and Bottles Southport Beer Street (25-27 November).

    From the 2nd December find it at: our Brewery Tap -The Beer Hall (in both bottle and on keg), Heaton Hops, Friends of Ham, North Bar, The Dead Crafty Beer Company, The Tap House Lancaster, Raynville Superstore, Little Leeds Beer House, Beers of Davenport, The Grove, Kirkland News & Tweedies Bar. 

    Then from 3rd December at Port Street Beer House, Cafe Beermoth, The Smithfield Tavern, Salt Horse, The Beerhouses - The Sportsman.

    More to be announced, keep an eye on our social media pages.


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