Drink producers

Even with the distraction of a wonderful setting beside Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead, Cumbrian Ales still produces great beer, its Loweswater Gold being Champion Golden Ale of Britain at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival 2011. The same drink was once described by a travel writer on The Guardian newspaper as ‘the best beer in the universe’.

Talk about the Christmas spirit. Within three years of launching Kin Toffee Vodka at Christmas 2013, Judith Wren was named Producer of the Year at the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards. In late 2018 the company was also judged Best Rural Drinks Business at the Rural Business Awards North. 

‘The nature of our art is whisky, the inspiration of our art is nature’. So says The Lakes Distillery which in the five or so years it has been open has certainly made a name for itself in the worlds of whisky, gin and vodka.

It took Ian Bradley only three years in business before his Coniston Brewing Company’s Bluebird Bitter was pronounced Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at CAMRA’s 21st Great British Beer Festival in 1998. 

Given that the kit for this brewery originated at a pub in Daytona, Florida, it seemed appropriate that the first ale from the Windermere Brewing Company came on July 4 - American independence Day - 2006.

More drink producers based in this area include Barngates Brewery.

More drink producers based in this area include the Keswick Brewing Company, Hesket Newmarket Brewery and Carvetii coffee roasters.

More drink producers based in this area include Hawkshead Brewery, Bowness Bay Brewing, Fell Brewery, Stringers Beer, Ulverston Brewing Company, Beckstones Brewery, Unsworth’s Yard Brewery. Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur and Shed 1 Distillery.

More drink producers based in this area include Eden, Appleby, Dent, Kirkby Lonsdale and Tirril breweries, Kircabi Roasters (coffee) and The Tea Keepers.

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