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Barngates Brewery, Ambleside


 

 

Barngates Brewery Ltd Barngates, Ambleside, LA22 0NG
Phone 01539 436575
Fax 01539 436 575
www.barngatesbrewery.co.uk
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October 2011

Cat Nap has been superb lately, Mothbag back in production.

 

Oldish news

New plant installed at Easter with minimal disruption to production. Now a 10 barrel plant, currently producing 22.5 barrels p/w. Size of workforce increased to 4.
Regular beers are Cat Nap, Cracker Ale, Tag Lag and Chester’s Strong and Ugly
Catnap and K9 not in production for at least a year, due to hop failure in USA. New, low gravity beer developed to fill the gap left by Cat Nap: Mothbag @ 3.6% (named after another former pub cat) A Light golden ale with plenty of citrus hop on the nose and palette: vibrant! Mothbag has already proven to be a popular addition to the award winning Barngates range.

 

Even older news!

From an article in What Ales, June 2008

The Barngates brewery sits behind the Drunken Duck inn, formerly called the Barngates Inn, on a crossroads between Ambleside and Coniston. The brewery was set up by John Lloyd in 1997 with help from the ubiquitous Peter Yates. Originally a one barrel plant, demand for Cracker ale soon grew and in 1999 a custom-made 5 barrel plant was installed. Head brewer John must have been fairly happy with the way the brewery was going, because in 2004 he took off on a one year sabbatical, travelling in New Zealand. In the meantime the brewery was being ably run by existing brewer Simon Bray, who has been at Barngates for 5 years, and new brewer Chris Williams. Chris hadn’t brewed before but having worked for a number of years as a YHA manager around the Lake District he was used to turning his hand to whatever job needed doing, and he has always enjoyed his real ale. However, he has now left the brewery (2008)

Four beers are now produced, all named after ex-pets at the Drunken Duck: Catnap (3.6%); Cracker Ale (3.9%); Tag Lag (4.4%) and Chesters Strong and Ugly (5.2%). Tag Lag is now the biggest seller. Brewing takes place 2 or 3 times a week, and supplies pubs all over Cumbria and into North Lancashire and Yorkshire. Tag Lag is also bottled by Hambleton brewery; it is filtered but not pasteurised so qualifies as ‘real ale in a bottle’; recent customers include Booths. Unfortunately there are few regular cask Barngates outlets in West Cumbria but it appears as a guest in some places.

Malt comes from Fawcetts and hops from Farams: Fuggles, First Gold, Progress and Cluster are used. Yeast, amazingly, is still the original strain from Yates brewery.

New plant installed at Easter with minimal disruption to production. Now a 10 barrel plant, currently producing 22.5 barrels p/w. Size of workforce increased to 4. (updated June 2008)

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 11:54