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Cumbrian Legendary Ales



Cumbrian Legendary Ales Ltd
Old Hall Brewery
LA22 0QF
01539 436436
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Located in a 10 barrel brewhouse alongside Esthwaite Water. Original owners sold to Owners of Kirkstile Brewery in March 2009. They transferred production of their own beers and continued many of the CLA beers, keeping the CLA brand name for both.

November 2011

Current beer offering comprises the famous Loweswater Gold 4.3%, Esthwaite bitter 3.8%, Grasmoor Dark Ale 4.3%, and Langdale 4%. Our seasonal winter beer in December will be Rannerdale Robin 4.0%

Dickie Doodle has been rebranded as Esthwaite Bitter


August 2011

Loweswater Gold won Champion Beer of Britain Golden Ale at the finals at GBBF this month!!


October 2010:

The 4th 10 Barrel Fermenter is now installed & up and running and over the winter they intend to create more cooled barrel storage.
The 2010 Winter Brew is Rannerdale Robin.
Croglin Vampire won a Gold last night at the Manchester Siba North competition in the speciality Beer Section, and was voted as the 3rd best bottled Beer in the competition.


About the brewery

Cumbrian Legendary Ales is based at the Old Hall Brewery, Hawkshead, Ambleside. A long held dream to start their own microbrewery became a reality for ex-Hawkshead Brewer David Newham and wife Liz when, together with their partners David and Gill Frost, they launched Cumbrian Legendary Ales in June 2006, in a 10-barrel brewhouse in a renovated Tudor farmstead on the western shores of Esthwaite Water.

They aimed - and succeeded - in bringing to life some of the fascinating myths and legends of the region through the names and characters of their quality ales, resulting in beers names such as Wicked Jimmy, Dickie Doodle, Buttermere Beauty, King Dunmail, Claife Crier and now Croglin Vampire, Langdale Moonshine Ale and Bishop's Rock. The brewery website tells the tales behind these characters.

The brewery was taken over in March 2009 by the Loweswater Brewery with Hayley Barton as head brewer and currently some 50 outlets are supplied. They began the new venture by concentrating on a smaller number of beers whilst introducing the award winning Loweswater Gold (4.3%) to a wider audience but are now producing all their beers in much greater volumes and they are being eagerly drunk in many places throughout Cumbria. Seasonal CLA beers such as Langdale Moonshine (now just known as Langdale) continue to feature, as do Dickie Doodle (OG 1040, ABV 3.9%) , A golden bitter with distinctive flavour and aroma of American Cascade hops,  Wicked Jimmy, and Buttermere Beauty (OG 1047, ABV 4.8%) an English pilsner, full-bodied and fruity with a clean finish.

Now production can match demand, CLA beers are being found all over the county, including as regulars at such places at the Vagabond in Whitehaven and the Globe in Hensingham, sales reflecting how much they are liked.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 17:35