Beer. Cumbrian Ales

2023 will see the 20th anniversary off this brewery which originated in an old outbuilding at the wonderfully located Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater. Six years later it moved to a renovated Victorian barn beside Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead and that’s where ‘the best beer in the universe’ is produced.

Those were the words of a travel writer from The Guardian newspaper after he had tasted Loweswater Gold, the Champion Golden Ale of Britain at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival in 2011. 

Other beers in the stable include Esthwaite Bitter, Langdale, Buttermere Beauty, American Pale Ale, American Invasion, Pacific Voyage, Session IPA, Vanilla Oatmeal Stout and Grasmoor Dark Ale. You can buy them separately or as a mixed case (online) and at numerous retailers in Cumbria. Loweswater Gold is also available in a five litre mini cask. 

Of course you can always head to the Kirkstile Inn where three of the range are usually on handpump. The inn has 11 bedrooms. The brewery itself is not open to the public.

‘The ales we produce are distinctive and carefully crafted. Much love goes into them. We're not scared to use unusual hops or malts and we love to experiment,’ says the brewery. 

Cumbrian Ales: 015394 36436,

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