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Yates Brewery



Yates Brewery
Ghyll Farm
016973 21081

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The first of Cumbria's new generation of breweries. Ex-Jennings head brewer, Peter Yates, and his wife Carol, set up this 11 barrel plant in a converted barn at Ghyll Farm in Westnewton, North Cumbria, in 1986. Ready to retire in 1998, they sold it to Graeme and Caroline Baxter, who had previously owned the High Force Brewery in Teesdale. In 2007 a new brewery extension was built and equipped and a reed bed effluent system installed. Hops planted on site by Peter are now being used each autumn in 'Yates Green Hop'. This was a much sought after rarity but hop crops have been very good in recent years and sometimes a second brew has been possible.!

Graeme and Caroline have kept the original beers and continued to develop and expand the range and massively increase the availability in many independent outlets. (The brewery does not own any pubs)

They are preparing to retire soon, so anyone interested in a wonderful modern and successful brewery attached to a beautiful large farmhouse, in a village near the sea but handy for town and travel, do make contact.



Winter Fever 4.5%  and Solway Gold 4.4%, two recent seasonals, have both been very much enjoyed and the latter especially so. More will be seen!

25th annual appearance!



Congratulations to Yates Brewery on their 25 years of quality brewing

Yates, started by former Jennings Head Brewer, Peter Yates, was started in 1986, the first independent micro brewery in Cumbria, ably run for the last 13 years by Graeme and Caroline Baxter, who have continued to notch up plenty of top awards for their beers!


Oct/Nov 2011

2010 saw the use of the hops that Peter Yates planted in the early days at the brewery being used for a green hopped beer, which as all Yates beers are, was much liked.

2011 - 13 barrlels brewed - very popular


More Info about the brewery

An early experiment was a lager style beer which Graeme called Carlisleberg - a very witty take on the lager link and the nearness of Carlisle - but this did not take off. Under its new name, Fever Pitch, it became one of the most popular beers in Cumbrian free houses. In 2006, Graeme began to focus on producing specials in a range of brewing styles and these were so successful they have been repeated ever since. First was been Genius, a strong, dark stout, followed by IPA and Bees Knees 4.5%. There was also a rich dark special for Hallowe'en called something about Ghouls (since found it that it was just Genius under another name!) ! Newest was Mad March Hare 4.3% but IPA 4.9% was on the scene again for summer.
Watch out for Winter Fever and Best Cellar in the winter and the wonderful, glorious Spring Fever 4.5% - in spring!
And not to forget Autumn Fever

Regular beers are:
Yates Cumbrian Ale 4.2 1041 Best Bitter
Yates Bitter 3.7 1036 Bitter
Yates Golden Ale (formerly known as Fever Pitch) 3.9 1039 Mild
Yates Sun Goddess 4.2 1041 Speciality
Yates IPA 4.9 1049 Strong Bitter
There are also another 8 or so seasonals and rotational beers which are all well-received.

Graeme can sell all he brews and all beers are very much liked. A new brewery extension with reed bed effluent was built some years ago and demand is so great that fermenters were replaced by larger ones this summer (2010) thus doubling the brewing capacity to enable fewer days brewing, as he and Caroline do it all themselves, as well as enjoy a family life with their two sons.

He has won many awards over the years, from taking first in several of the Cumbrian Micro's Challenge at Burgundy's Wine Bar in Kendal! Fever Pitch was a runner up at the Champion Beer of Britain in 2004 and as Golden Ale, was in the finals in 2009, as was Bitter in 2010 and these, together with Sun Goddess, have all won numerous competitions, Beer of the Festival awards and Northwest regional CBOB heats.

Bottled beers (Bitter, Best Cellar) are really very good and going well at Booths supermarkets.

Sadly, Peter, after running the Ship at Allonby, with his wife Carol, for several years, died very young in retirement through a sailing accident of the coast near Maryport.




Last Updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 16:55