CAMRA in Cumbria is running the Taste Cumbria Beer Festival in Jennings Brewery Maltings and yard in Cockermouth on Sat 29th / Sun 30th September when there will be 75 beers from most of our Cumbrian breweries, including the four very newest ones; many of the best beers, many seasonal specials and a lot of new ones never seen before! Also 10 Cumbrian-pressed ciders and perries
Travel to and from Cockermouth by public transport is very good from Carlisle, Glasgow, Newcastle, Preston, Manchester and no doubt many other places! Here are timetable examples for the first four! Just to show how easy you can do it in a day out!
There will be free entry for CAMRA members with card. Beers will be £1.50 per half pint, except strong ones and ciders and perries, which will be in third pints.
Pete Brown - national beer author, and his pal Jeff Pickthall, Cumbria's very own beer journalist, are giving a talk in the nearby Kirkgate Centre on both days and hopefully they will come and sample our wares, too and you will get a chance to chat to them. Other celebrities doing demonstrations elsewhere in the town will be encouraged to come and taste the beers, too! You might find yourself rubbing shoulders with a big name chef or gossiping with writers/journalists, or even discussing what beers taste good in bread mixes or go well with sushi!!
Bring your family too!! There is plenty for everyone! The whole town centre is taken over by this BIG event! As well as the beer festival, there is a huge food and drink festival taking over the whole town centre, with samplings, loads of cookery demonstrations (with samples at the ends!) talks of beer, whisky, bread-making, worst restaurant experiences, displays and of course, many opportunities to taste and buy top quality local produce from producers! Kids entertainment includes Home-baked Afternoon Tea; The 'Can U Dig it' Show; the Vegetable Orchestra (make your own cucumber trumpet) More info on the festival overall at www.tastecumbria.com.
BARNGATES - Ambleside, Cumbria. Red Bull Terrier (OG 1048, ABV 4.8%) A deep red tone and a complex hop nose are complemented by tangy fruit and malt flavours with a spicy aftertaste.
BARNGATES - Ambleside, Cumbria. Tag Lag (OG 1044, ABV 4.4%) A pale amber beer, smooth and sweetly malty to begin but a lasting, bitter finish.
BLACKBECK - Egremont, Cumbria. Blackbeck Belle (OG 1038, ABV 3.8%) Sweet, tasty, dark mild, with a hint of chocolate. Made by the girls!
BLACKBECK - Egremont, Cumbria. Dolly's Trickshot (OG 0, ABV 4.2%) Sharp and refreshing, named after the famous Dolly Douglas who was a mean trick shot shooter on the travelling fairgrounds
BOWNESS BAY - Windermere, Cumbria. Swan Blonde (OG 1039, ABV 4%) A crisp, smooth, pale and hoppy bitter.
BOWNESS BAY - Windermere, Cumbria. Swift Bitter (OG 1044, ABV 4.5%) Well-rounded, mid-brown, smooth malty best bitter.
CONISTON - Coniston, Cumbria. Bluebird Bitter (OG 1036, ABV 3.6%) A yellow-gold, predominantly hoppy and fruity beer, well-balanced with some sweetness and a rising bitter finish.A former Supreme Champion Beer of Britain
CONISTON - Coniston, Cumbria. Infinity IPA (OG 1055, ABV 6%) Highly hopped, it's our interpretation of the new generation of India Pale Ales
CONISTON - Coniston, Cumbria. Special Oatmeal Stout (OG 1045, ABV 4.5%) A well-balanced, easy-drinking stout, fruity with a balanced ratio of malt to hop bitterness. A good starting point for novice stout drinkers.
CONISTON - Coniston, Cumbria. No 9 Barley Wine (OG 1087.5, ABV 8.5%) Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2012
CONISTON - Coniston, Cumbria. Thurstein Pilsner (OG 1044.5, ABV 4.8%) Pilsner top fermented continental style beer using 100% Hallertau Hersbruker leaf hops from southern Germany matured for 30 days
CUMBERLAND - Great Corby, Cumbria. Corby Ale (OG 1038, ABV 3.8%) A fruity session beer with sweetness leading to gentle bitterness in the aftertaste.
CUMBERLAND - Great Corby, Cumbria. Corby Blonde (OG 1042, ABV 4.2%) Melon fruity hoppiness gives a light refreshing drink
CUMBRIAN - Hawkshead, Cumbria. American Invasion (OG 1040.7, ABV 5%) Well-balanced gold coloured beer with big hop impact and long fruity finish.
CUMBRIAN - Hawkshead, Cumbria. Esthwaite Bitter (OG 1038.5, ABV 3.8%) Amber session ale with sweetness, fruit and hoppiness in fine balance. (Formerly Dickie Doodle)
CUMBRIAN - Hawkshead, Cumbria. Langdale (OG 1040, ABV 4%) Fresh grapefruit aromas with hoppy fruity flavours and crisp long hop finish, make for a well-balanced beer. Champion Golden Ale of Britain Silver Medal winner 2012
CUMBRIAN - Hawkshead, Cumbria. Loweswater Gold (OG 1041, ABV 4.3%)A dominant fruity body develops into a light bitter finish. A beer that belies its strength. Champion Golden Ale of Britain, 2011
DENT - Dent, Cumbria. Aviator (OG 1039, ABV 4%) Medium-bodied amber ale, characterised by strong citrus and hoppy flavours that develop into a long bitter finish.
DENT - Dent, Cumbria. Golden Fleece (OG 1035, ABV 3.7%) Light, hoppy, fruity easy-drinking summer bitter with lingering bitter aftertaste
DENT - Dent, Cumbria. Porter (OG 1042, ABV 3.8%) A dark traditional porter with delicate tones of five different malts, a rich, smooth head and lingering, light bitter aftertaste.
DERWENT - Silloth, Cumbria. Dr's Dilemma (OG 1046, ABV 4.6%) A light golden, deceptive drinking beer.
DERWENT - Silloth, Cumbria. Harvester (OG 1041, ABV 4.3%) A fruity Autumn brown beer with a bitter finish.
EDEN - Penrith, Cumbria. Eden Best (OG 1039, ABV 3.8%) A well balanced traditional ale using classic English Goldings and Fuggles hops. Light chestnut colour with subtle character and flavour.
EDEN - Penrith, Cumbria. First Emperor (OG 1046, ABV 4.6%) IPA. A full bodied individual ale with an interesting flavour, achieved using the finest floor malted Maris Otter barley and traditional English aroma hops.The natural brewing process, followed by an extended maturing period, produces a beer to be savoured and appreciated.
EDEN - Penrith, Cumbria. Gold (OG 1042, ABV 4.2%) Brewed in the traditional way using the finest Maris Otter Malt providing a light golden colour, with a distinctive hop character and a very pleasant citrus aroma
ENNERDALE - Croasdale, Ennerdale, Cumbria. Darkest Ennerdale (OG 1044, ABV 4.2%) A dark bitter, it is a more potent brew than our other beers, but it remains remarkably quaffable. With a rich, velvety texture, a definite chocolate flavour and a creamy head, this beer has converted hundreds of 'light beer' drinkers to the 'dark side'.
ENNERDALE - Croasdale, Ennerdale, Cumbria. Ennerdale Blonde (OG 1039, ABV 3.8%) A fruity, golden beer with a heady burst of floral hop aroma and a satisfying clean bitterness. Blonde was first brewed as a summer 'special', but it proved so popular that it is now one of our permanent beers.
FOXFIELD - Broughton in Furness, Cumbria. Pluto's tail (OG 1039, ABV3.9%) A new beer in a set named after the new grist hopper, based on the plutionium hoppers as used at Sellafield. A full-bodied, old-fashioned, tasty, red bitter.
FOXFIELD - Broughton in Furness, Cumbria. Plutonium Porter (OG 1046, ABV 4.5%) A new beer in a set named after the new grist hopper, based on the plutionium hoppers as used at Sellafield. A special new rich, dark, sweet porter.
GELTSDALE - Brampton, Cumbria. Brampton Bitter (OG 1039, ABV 4%) Sweet, fruity, well-balanced hoppy bitter with a clean bitter aftertaste.
GELTSDALE - Brampton, Cumbria. Cold Fell (OG 1038, ABV 3.9%)Brewed with lager malt to produce a refreshingly crisp pale ale with a white, soft head and fragrant bitterness from using Bobek and Cascade hops
GELTSDALE - Brampton, Cumbria. Copper (OG 1039, ABV 3.8%)
GELTSDALE - Brampton, Cumbria. Tarn (OG 1039, ABV 4%) A refreshing golden bitter with a citrus aroma and long-lasting bitterness derived from Challenger and Goldings hops
GREENODD - Greenodd, Cumbria. Citra (OG 1040, ABV 4%) Light beer brewed with citra hops
GREENODD - Greenodd, Cumbria. Kiln (OG 1038, ABV 3.8%) An old style bitter brewed with Goldings and Fuggles hops.
GREAT GABLE - Egremont, Cumbria. Wastwater Gold (OG 1041, ABV 3.9%) Hoppy fruity session beer with a dry bitter finish.
GREAT GABLE - Egremont, Cumbria. Yewbarrow (OG 1054, ABV 5.5%) Strong, mild dark ale with robust flavours, rich and malty. Satisfying with hints of spice and fruit, Smooth chocolate and coffee aromas.The bottled version of this, exactly the same as the cask version, has just won Silver Medal Champion Bottled Beer of Great Britain 2012.
HARDKNOTT - Millom, Cumbria. Code Black (ABV 5.6%) A Black IPA. Toasty, citrussy, bitter, hints of chocolate, and just a little bit too strong to neck in pints all night!
HARDKNOTT - Millom, Cumbria. Infra Red (ABV 6.2%) An oxymoronic IPA!! Deep ruby red, earthy orange and caramel nose, sweet toffee start, peppery dark roast parsnips and a long bitter finish.
HAWKSHEAD - Staveley, Cumbria. Cumbrian 5 Hop (OG 1050, ABV 5%) Golden, strong Pale Ale with a highly hopped aroma of tropical fruit. The blend of traditional Fuggles, Golding and Bramling Cross with modern Citra and Amarillo give full flavour and a long dry finish
HAWKSHEAD - Staveley, Cumbria. NZPA (OG 1060, ABV 6%) A complex, strong, modern pale ale. Made using four New Zealand hops: Green Bullet, Riwaka, Motueka & Nelson Sauvin. It is packed with punchy, green, citrus hop flavours with a dry, bitter finish.
HESKET NEWMARKET - Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria. Blencathra Bitter (OG 1035, ABV 3.2%) A malty, tawny ale, mild and mellow for a bitter, with a dominant caramel flavour.
HESKET NEWMARKET - Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria. Haystacks (OG 1037, ABV 3.7%) Light, easy-drinking, thirst-quenching blond beer; very pleasant for its strength.
HESKET NEWMARKET - Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria. Sca Fell Blonde (OG 1043, ABV 4.4%) Pale with bags of hop flavour, not too bitter. A good introduction to real ale for lager drinkers.
JENNINGS - Cockermouth, Cumbria. Bitter (OG 1035, ABV 3.5%) A malty beer with a good mouthfeel that combines with roast flavour and a hoppy finish.
JENNINGS - Cockermouth, Cumbria. Cocker Hoop (OG 1044, ABV 4.6%) A rich, creamy, copper-coloured beer with raisiny maltiness balanced with a resiny hoppiness, with a developing bitterness towards the end.
JENNINGS - Cockermouth, Cumbria. Cumberland Ale (OG 1039, ABV 4%)A light, creamy, hoppy beer with a dry aftertaste.
JENNINGS - Cockermouth, Cumbria. Dark Mild (OG 1031, ABV 3.1%) A well-balanced, dark brown mild with a malty aroma, strong roast taste, not over-sweet, with some hops and a slightly bitter finish.
JENNINGS - Cockermouth, Cumbria. Sneck Lifter (OG 1051, ABV 5.1%) A strong, dark brown ale with a complex balance of fruit, malt and roast flavours through to the finish. Champion Beer of Britain - Old Ale Gold Medal winner 2012
JENNINGS - Cockermouth, Cumbria. Crag Rat (4.3%) a refreshing golden coloured beer, brewed using pale ale malt and two classic varieties of English whole cone hops
JJENNINGS - Cockermouth, Cumbria. Little Gem (4%) A classic English style beer with distinctive red and amber hues.
KESWICK - Keswick, Cumbria. Thirst Gold (OG 1036, AV 3.6%) A golden bitter with a subtle citrus and spicy flavour and aroma
KESWICK - Keswick, Cumbria. Thirst Fall (OG 1047, ABV 4.8%) Full malt flavour with notes of chocolate and roast barley. Fresh hop aromas.
KENDAL BREWING CO - Kendal, Cumbria. Helga's Dunkel Bier (OG 1037, ABV3.7%) Brewed to the style of a traditional German dunkel bier. Wonderfully smooth & malty taste. A drink for dark beer connoisseurs.
KENDAL BREWING CO - Kendal, Cumbria. Silver Tanner (OG 1044, ABV 4.4%) Tan ale with malt flavour, citrus aroma and crisp hop bitterness
KIRKBY LONSDALE - Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. Radical Red (OG 1042, ABV 4.2%) Malty beer with a caramel sweetness that is balanced by a bitter finish.
KIRKBY LONSDALE - Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. Ruskins Bitter (OG 1039, ABV 3.9%)A tawny bitter with a distinctive aroma of fruit and malt. The clean, hoppy flavour is well-balanced with fruity sweetness leading to a sustained bittersweet finish.
KIRKBY LONSDALE - Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire. Stanley's Pale Ale (OG 1036, ABV 3.6%) A Pale Ale with a delicate bitter start with hints of malt joined by lemon and flowery aroma.
NINE STANDARDS - Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Gold Standard (OG 1040, ABV 4.1%) A golden ale with a hint of blackcurrant.
NINE STANDARDS - Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Silver Standard Imperial Pale Ale
STRANDS - Nether Wasdale, Cumbria. Gold Wing (OG 1049, ABV 4.8%) A brand new beer, specially commissioned by Grapevine for their customers. Ist appearance!
STRANDS - Nether Wasdale, Cumbria. Orange Blossom (OG 1039, ABV 4%) Made with New Zealand Green Bullet hops - very hoppy indeed, you'll either love it or hate it! (a bit like Marmite)
STRINGERS - Ulverston, Cumbria. Best Bitter (OG 1041, ABV 4.2%) Well-crafted and well-balanced with a clean hoppy bitterness.
STRINGERS - Ulverston, Cumbria. Furness Abbey (OG 1065, abv 7%) What would the monks at Furness Abbey be brewing nowadays? Something like this? A belgo-influenced strong ale? With hints of spice? Why not?
TIRRIL - Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. 1823 (OG 1041, ABV 4.1%) A full-bodied session bitter with a gentle bitterness.
TIRRIL - Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. Eden Valley Pale Ale (OG1040, ABV 4%) Czech saaz hops give this pale session bitter a fresh taste
ULVERSTON - Ulverston, Cumbria. Flying Elephants (OG 1037, ABV 3.7%) Clean, refreshing yellow bitter, sweet and fruity with a dry citrus finish. Look for the pink cask!
ULVERSTON - Ulverston, Cumbria. Fra Diavolo (OG 1043, ABV 4.3%) A dark, rich beer with aromas of roasted malts and flavours of bitter chocolate, espresso coffeewith a hint of vanilla.
UNSWORTH'S YARD - Cartmel, Cumbria. Sir William Marshal's Crusader Gold 4.1% Crisp and refreshing golden ale with subtle, light fruit flavours and a long citrus finish.
UNSWORTH'S YARD - Cartmel, Cumbria. Cartmel Peninsula 3.8% Classic English Ale with balanced malt & hop flavours and hints of gentle caramel sweetness.
WATERMILL - Ings, Kendal, Cumbria. Collie Wobbles (OG 1037.5, ABV 3.7%) A pale gold bitter with a slight citrus taste. A good hop and malt balance gives way to a dry finish.
WATERMILL - Ings, Kendal, Cumbria. Windermere Blonde (OG 1040.5, ABV 3.7%) Blonde in appearance but pure gold.
YATES - Westnewton, Cumbria. Bitter (OG 1036, ABV 3.7%) A well-balanced, full-bodied bitter, golden in colour with complex hop bitterness. Good aroma and distinctive flavour.
YATES - Westnewton, Cumbria. Golden Ale (OG 1038, ABV 3.9%) Skilful use of lager malt and hops results in a pale beer with a light bitterness; melon fruit and a clean, refreshing finish.
YATES - Westnewton, Cumbria. IPA (OG 1049, ABV 4.9%) A full bodied, tasty I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) true to its origins.
YATES - Westnewton, Cumbria. Sun Goddess (OG 1041, ABV 4.2%) A complex, full-bodied beer, packed with tropical fruit.
CIDERS AND PERRIES (all pressed in Cumbria)
COWMIRE HALL, Crosthwaite, Cumbria. AOC (Cider) 5.5% ABV
COWMIRE HALL, Crosthwaite, Cumbria. Swallows Leap (Cider) 7.5% ABV
COWMIRE HALL, Crosthwaite, Cumbria. Damson Buster (Cider) 4.8% ABV
SOLWAY CIDER, Newton Arlosh, Cumbria. Northern Monkey (Medium dry cider) 6.5%
SOLWAY CIDER, Newton Arlosh, Cumbria. Dog Rough (Medium cider) 7.5%
SOLWAY CIDER, Newton Arlosh, Cumbria. Surfin Turnips (Sweet cider) 6%
SOLWAY CIDER, Newton Arlosh, Cumbria. Bradley Badger (Dry cider) 5.8%
SOLWAY CIDER, Newton Arlosh, Cumbria. X-ray Spex (Sweet perry) 5.5%
SOLWAY CIDER, Newton Arlosh, Cumbria. Special AKA (Medium dry perry) 6%
SOLWAY CIDER, Newton Arlosh, Cumbria. Bad Manners (Medium perry) 6.2%
CAMRA members: we really need your help!!! Such a big event needs plenty of people. It will be busy but fun, and we will make sure you get time out to go and enjoy the other parts of the festival, and there will be some extra time to enjoy the beers after the festival is closed to the public both nights. Festival t-shirt and some beer/food provided to helpers. There will be some transport arranged to each Cumbrian branch area to help you get home.
Download staffing form here.
Please consider coming on
- help erect the stillaging, under the direction of Lou Lewis (Furness branch), who will tell you what he needs doing and show you how to do it, if needed.
- help to get the casks placed on the stillage
-erect the bar,
- connect the beers,
- set everything else out....
and Saturday/Sunday, noon till 9pm:
- take the entrance money,
- give programmes and glasses
- sell beer tokens and explain the system
- serve the beers,
- talk about beer, how it is brewed etc,
- recruit new members,
- sell stuff on the products stall
- man the information stand, give free leaflets etc
- persuade people to sign the e-petition and help them with the laptop we will have there
Sunday (after 5pm)
- finish off any remaining beers,
- disconnect casks,
- wash out lines and pumps,
- collect and pack up remaining paper materials
You don't have to have any experience, and you don't have to do any jobs you don't want! If you have never joined in anything in CAMRA this would be a great place to start! Everybody is nice and friendly, and it is a lot of fun and very satisfying!Please decide NOW to come and help, and let us know - when you can help - and - what you would like to help with! And what size t-shirt you need!
No experience necessary - come and learn!!!
Download staffing form here.