Beer. Windermere Brewing Company

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.

Located at the Watermill Inn at Ings near Windermere, which itself has been Own-Brew Pub of the Year (twice) and UK Beer Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide, the brewery produces a range of about a dozen ales including Bad Dog, Isle of Dogs, Golden Retriever, A Winters Tail, Collie Wobbles, Dog’th Vader and Ruff Justice.

A canine theme is pretty evident in the names and certainly fits the dog-friendly nature of the pub where about 12 handpumps dispense a good selection of the in-house beers. 

The strongest ale (7% ABV) is Shih Tzu Faced which won a silver award at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) North West Independent Beer Awards in 2017. Blackbeard picked up a bronze at the same time.      

Windermere Brewing Company, Watermill Inn, Ings, near Windermere LA8 9PY: 01539 821309, www.watermillinn.co.uk  The Watermill Inn is a main entry in the Good Pub Guide 2019. 

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