Drink producers

‘We grow healthy food in ways that aim to protect the planet, or at least one little bit of it.’ That’s as good a starting point as any in understanding the ethos, the commitment to organic produce and the passion that lies behind Eva’s Organics and each and every bottle of its apple juice.

The one big advantage of calling your beers Swan Blonde, Swan Black and Swift Best is that they’re named after some of the most famous inland passenger boats in England.

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’.

Set up in 2011 by Gareth Kemble and Angharad MacDonald, and finalists at the Great British Food Awards 2020 for two of its coffees, Carvetii was also judged Best Drinks Producer at the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards in 2018. 

Gin producer was possibly the least likely role that Andy Arnold-Bennett envisaged after his many years as a Shakespearian actor. But since late 2016 he and his wife Zoe have been producing ‘small batch, classically distilled with a contemporary style’ craft gin in the market town of Ulverston. 

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.

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