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Geltsdale Brewery Ltd
Unit 6 Old Brewery Yard
Craw Hall
Phone    016977 41541
Mobile    077 5466 5573
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Update - this brewery closed in July 2014

February 2012

A popular Cumbrian brewery is to launch a new beer to celebrate the world premiere
of a radio sitcom by Tyneside-based playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood,
writers of the national and international hit comedies Dirty Dusting, Waiting For
Gateaux, Maggie’s End and Son of Samurai.

The Geltsdale Brewery in Brampton, which specialises in real ales, will reveal
Drizzlewort bitter on Monday, March 5, to mark the start of the sitcom It’s Grim Up
North ...  more info



Geltsdale Brewery, Crawhall, Brampton, was started up by Solway branch CAMRA member, Fiona Deal, in November 2006 in a small unit housed within Brampton's Old Brewery, which originally opened in 1785 and produced real ale for nearly two centuries.

First beer was for tasting in December 2006. Geltsdale is the name of a forest covered mountain area south of Brampton and beers are brewed, using Geltsdale water.

The brewery is preparing to move into larger adjacent premises.
Older details about the beers, brewery and outlets - updated Aug 2008!


(Brewery's own descriptions)

King’s Forest Best Bitter ABV 3.8% OG 1037

A traditional dark malty ale with a rounded well-balanced bitterness produced by Fuggles and Challenger hops. Named after the area of Geltsdale renowned for its wildlife and outstanding natural beauty.

Tarnmonath ABV 4%  OG 1039

A refreshing golden bitter with a citrus aroma and long-lasting bitterness derived from Challenger and Goldings hops. Named after the fell rising from behind the village of Castle Carrock.

Hell Beck Ruby Ale ABV 4.2%  OB 1041

A robust and satisfying red bitter flavoured with crystal and amber malts and bittered with Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops. Hell Beck runs through Gelt Woods and legend states it once ran red with Jacobite blood.

Black Dub ABV 3.6%  OG 1035

A delicious dark and malty mild ale, easy to drink and smoothly bittered with Fuggles and Challenger hops. Black Dub - a remote part of Geltsdale between Castle Carrock and Hornsby Gate. Dub or ‘Dubgh’ is a Celtic word meaning a dark and marshy area.

Brampton Bitter ABV 4% OG 1039

A smooth and sarisfying northern bitter, refreshingly bittered with Challenger and Cascade hops. Named in honour of the market town where it is brewed.

Bewcastle Brown ABV 4% OG 1039

A warm and nutty brown ale, delicately bittered with Brewer's Gold and Challenger hops. Named in honour of historic Bewcastle, home to the famous Anglo-Saxon cross, Roman fort, Bew Castle amd Reiver heritage.

Cold Fell, ABV 3.9%,

A crisp and pale Winter Ale

Geltsdale Lager, ABV 4.5%

only available in bottles but soon to be tried in cask.

Lanercost Bitter 3.8%

an hybrid ot the two best sellers (Cold Fell and Brampton Bitter), the pumpclip showing Lanercost Priory.

Coco Romana 5.2%

rich chocolately, velvet smooth - a sweetish chocolate beer, made using Fair Trade Ingredients and with the interest of the Hadrian Wall partnership. All beers are available in bottles in shops and from the brewery shop. They are not bottle conditioned.

Brampton Bitter and Cold Fell are the top selling beers. Cold Fell is sold in the Kirkstyle Inn, in the South Tyne Valley, as Kirkstyle Ale.

Beers are available in several Cumbrian pub and restaurant outlets, including Wetherspoons; various outlets north of the border, in Newcastle and Northumberland, regularly at The Rat, Alnwick; The Wallace Arms, Featherstone and at Twice Brewed on the Roman Wall.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:41