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Unsworths' Yard Brewery

 



Unsworths' Yard Brewery
4 Usnworth's Yard
Cartmel,
LA11 6PN
07810 461313
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www.unsworthsyard.co.uk

Brewery set up late 2011  with the assistance of Jon Kyme from Stringers, and others, in an Historic Yard owned by the Unsworth family, alongside other craft bread and cheese producers, wines and a tea shop, with a monthly food market in the yard.

 

 

June 2012

"We are progressing really well, brewing at least twice a week to keep Cartmel’s Cavendish Arms, Racecourse Grandstand and newly opened Priory Hotel, supplied with casks while bottling about half of our output. Our limited number of spare casks have gone down really well on an occasional basis in the nearby Derby Arms, Strickland Arms, Hare & Hounds and Woodlands Hotel as well as the Lord Ashton and Robert Gillow in Lancaster. Our bottles are available in our own shop and at Holker Foodhall and Low Sizergh Barn as well as being on the menu at all three of Simon Rogan’s Cartmel and London restaurants, Roberto’s in Bowness and Natterjack’s in Ulverston. At the recent 'Taste London' festival, Simon paired our Crusader Gold with one of the courses on his menu.

"The tasting room at the front of our brewery will soon be open and will complete Unsworth’s Yard and bring opportunities for all the yard’s food producers. "

January 2012

Some interesting background info from Peter Unsworth:

"David, and I own Unsworth's Yard in Cartmel (www.unsworthsyard.co.uk), home to several businesses including Cartmel Cheeses and The Bread Shed. The yard was bought by my grandfather, Ernest Unsworth, in 1922 and has given employment to three generations of our family in the garage and haulage business. A couple of years ago thought there might be better ways to use a yard in the middle of thriving, 'tourist friendly' village and built, what has become, an attraction for food loving visitors and local people alike. The immediate success of these quality food businesses encouraged us to stock local bottled beers and fine wine in our Red Pepper shop adjacent to the yard. Admittedly we didn't take much encouragement as David loves his wine and I have more than a passing interest on good ale.

Anyway, this left us with a lovely yard with fantastic cheese, artisan bread, local bottled beer and fine wine - all in the shadow of Cartmel Priory - and one empty unit.

David gets the credit for the idea of opening a small brewery in the last unit and, finally, we are close to it becoming a reality.

Our beautiful brewery plant (second hand but all shiny stainless steel) has been standing at ABUK's warehouse near Doncaster for what seems like an age while we have been preparing its new home but we
are collecting it later this week. If all goes well we should be brewing this month and the next Unsworth's Yard beer you taste will have been made in Cartmel. Although we have limited brewing experience ( I have spent the last six months doing full-mash home brews, brewing at a friendly brewery in Yorkshire and taking really invaluable advice from Stringers) we are clear in our plan. We will be a niche brewery in every way and our market will be local to Cartmel.

As our brewery capacity is only 2.5 barrels, our main customer for our bottled beer will be our own shop and our casks will hopefully find their way into a limited number of local pubs. We have designed the brewery with a visitors' area that will also be used by the other business in our yard for cheese, wine, bread tasting evenings as well as brewery visitors. We will continue to sell and promote other brewery's beer, not only in our shop, but by making wider use of our visitor facilities.

We know our beer has to be good. In Cartmel we have everything from a 11th century priory to a Michelin starred restaurant to live up to so we have to do it right and reflect where we are. Cartmel Peninsula
bitter will be our first beer but we will also be offering 'Sir William Marshal's Crusader Gold' referencing William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, a proper warrior knight and founder of Cartmel Priory. Both of these beers will be offered in bottles and casks.

Not far down the line we have plans for several other beers reflecting the heritage of the Cartmel area and at least one of these will be bottle conditioned. Our original plan was to do all our bottling ourselves
but we have bottled out (ahem) slightly. Our vision had always been for visitors to be able to drink or take home beer that has never left our yard during its production but we need to walk before we run and we feel that we need more experience before we can do justice to bottle conditioned beers. It will come."

 

Dec 2011

First beer - Cartmel Peninsula, 3.8%, a fruity reddish beer with malty overtones. A full tasting session beer. Brewed at Stringers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 16:34