Beer. Cumbrian Ales

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’.

Sadly the brewery is not open to the public but its ‘home pub’ is the gloriously located Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater near Cockermouth where five or six of its range are usually on handpump.

Its beers are found at many other places in Cumbria and beyond while the bottled beers (including Buttermere Beauty) are sold in a number of shops. Gift packs of three beers and five litre mini-casks of Loweswater Gold are available too.

The cask range includes regulars like Loweswater Gold, Langdale, Grasmoor Dark Ale (these three also bottled) and Esthwaite Bitter, plus specials such as American Pale Ale, Vanilla Oatmeal Stout and Pacific Voyage.

In a way the whole story started in 2003 when the Kirkstile Inn launched its own Loweswater Brewery in a tiny room at the pub. Six years later it acquired Cumbrian Legendary Ales (as it was called then) and moved production to a renovated Victorian barn at Esthwaite Hall, beside Esthwaite Water.

Cumbrian Legendary Ales: 015394 36436,   

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