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The Bitter End Brewery, Cockermouth

 


Bitter End Brewing Co Ltd
11 Derwent Mills Commercial Park
Cockermouth
CA13 0HT
Phone 01900 823300
Fax 01900 823362
Mobile 075 1842 6020
http://www.bitterendbrewingco.com/
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This brewery began life in the Bitter End pub (Mike Askey, owner, helped by Pater Yates - former Jennings Head Brewer and founder of Yates Brewery, Westnewton) and was later moved into the industrial unit.

May 2013

Exciting news: brewing at the Bitter End is about to recommence - watch out for the new beers in June!

November 2011

Closure and sale of the Bitter End Brewery

The 2.5 barrel plant brewing equipment has been sold to a London pub, Tap East, situated in the brand new Westfield complex at Stratford. They will be launching the inaugural Tap East beer, a 6.5% Extra Stout, on Wednesday November 9

 

October 2011

The brewery has been sold and relocated to a pub in London somewhere.

 

Late 2010

Mitchell Krause Pale Ale and Hefe Weiss are now brewed there.

 

(updated March 2010)

Brewing has moved to an industrial unit in Cockermouth - not affected by the November floods - with good sales through the pub and the Royal Yew at Dean, the free trade, including being a regular at The Whitehaven Wetherspoons, and festivals.
Six regular beers are now brewed:
Lakeland Amber 4% 1041
Lakeland Golden 4.3% 1043.5
Lakeland Bitter 3.8% 1039
Lakeland Blonde 4.2% 1042
Lakeland Honey Beer 5% 1049
Lakeland IPA 5.5% 1054
One-off and festival brews as ever, continue to exhibit innovation in technique, and sometimes in ingredient.
Seasonal beers: Espresso Stout (ABV 6.8% Dec-Jan) Cuddy Lugs 4.3% (ABV 4.3% Feb-Mar) Dark Mild (ABV 3.6% Apr-May) Grasp the Nettle (ABV 4% June) Wild Honey (ABV 5.5% July) Three Hares (ABV 3.6% Aug-Sep) Bitter End Barley Wine (ABV 6.2% Oct-Nov)

 

Older info From What Ales - history

The pub derives its name from nearby Bitter Beck, which runs into the River Cocker. The brewery was founded along with the pub in 1995; brewer Mike Askey had not brewed before but had worked in fabricating and was therefore able to put together the brewing equipment with the help of Peter Yates of Yates brewery who also supplied the brewing know-how. Later, Mike formed a joint enterprise with Frank Smith, like Peter also a former Jennings head brewer, and set up the Derwent brewery on the other side of Cockermouth.

Early Bitter End beers included Cocker Snoot and Skinner's Old Strong. Later on Cuddy Lugs was produced; this is the only one of the original beers which is currently being brewed, although there are plans to revive Cocker Snoot later this year. Mike has also brewed occasional beers for Cockermouth Beer Festival and Call Out was made specially to raise funds for Cockermouth Rescue Team.

Mike has maintained an interest in fabricating brewing equipment, and has supplied brewing vessels to other microbreweries, and set up the equipment for a university degree course which included brewing! Not to be content with this range of activity, during 2000-01, Mike and his brother went into the long distance lorry driving business. This curtailed his brewing output somewhat, and he started to look around for an apprentice brewer.

In autumn 2001, after some health and safety improvements to the brewery, barmaid Nicola Farmer became Cumbria's first female brewer and brewed her inaugural Cuddy Lugs. After a number of brews, some regulars of the Bitter End would say that Nicola's version is even better than Mike's was! In the last two or three months, she has extended the beer range, and around Easter we had three more beers to try: Full English, Farmer's Ale and Old Neddy named after the clock that used to stand in the middle of Cockermouth Main Street. As we went to press a new celebration beer is planned for the POTY certificate presentation in May. Main ingredients are pale, crystal, chocolate and black malts, and Fuggles and Goldings hops; Target hops are used in Old Neddy and Challenger will be used in the new beer. The brewery was increased to a two barrel plant with the installation of the latest American brew plant with a larger gas fired copper in 2004.
New head brewer Steve Hebblethwaite joined in Dec 2007
Brew lengths are currently running at 1-3 barrels, with good sales through the pub, and the Royal Yew at Dean, plus the odd sale to the free trade and festivals.

Three regular beers are now brewed, with some distribution to the free trade, along with a seasonal range of traditional English beer styles. One-off and festival brews as ever, continue to exhibit innovation in technique, and sometimes in ingredient. Seasonal beers: Espresso Stout (ABV 6.8% Dec-Jan) Cuddy Lugs 4.3% (ABV 4.3% Feb-Mar) Dark Mild (ABV 3.6% Apr-May) Grasp the Nettle (ABV 4% June) Wild Honey (ABV 5.5% July) Three Hares (ABV 3.6% Aug-Sep) Bitter End Barley Wine (ABV 6.2% Oct-Nov)Regular beers:Lakeland Bitter (ABV 3.8%)Lakeland Pale Ale (ABV 4%)Lakeland Best Gold (ABV 4.3%)
(Updated June 2008)

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 11:57