As a brewery originating on the edge of the Lake District National Park we have always sold a large volume of our beers in the Lakes. As the brewery expanded and our sales area grew it was an obvious choice to name our beers after the lakes, valleys and villages that we delivered to.
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ULLSWATER BLONDE (3.8%)
This blonde ale, has had a more colourful past than it’s light appearance might suggest.Initially named after a Lakeland guidebook writer of some fame (due to an old family link) we were refused permission to mention the good gentleman’s name, by a larger brewery.
Undeterred, after a few jovial versions of the same name (ending in a threat of court action) we settled on “Nameless Ale” for a while. But being innominate was not a positive selling point. So it became the instantly popular “Ullswater Blonde” the first of our Lakeland themed beers and by far our best selling beer, even outselling Old Faithful these days!Perhaps our larger opposition did us a favour?
It is a session ale in character, lightly hopped, very pale and extremely drinkable.
GRASMERE GOLD (3.9%)
Another renamed beer, this golden bitter was originally called Brougham Ale and used Lord Brougham’s magnificent coat of arms as its pump clip image.Sadly outside of Penrith the name “Brougham” proved difficult for people to pronounce!
So after the success of Ullswater Blonde, Grasmere Gold arrived, in the style of the greatest of British drinking ales, light and easy drinking, like all our beers. Flavoured with three British hops which give this subtle beer good character.
KIRKSTONE GOLD (3.9%)
Our first specifically designed Lakeland Ale. A pale golden beer, lighter in colour than our Grasmere Gold, yet also subtly hopped to make for plentiful session drinking.
E.V.P.A. (EDEN VALLEY PALE ALE) (4.0%)
This beer was absolutely designed as a summer session ale – or “barbeque beer”.
We have made our very palest of ales, by using 50% lager malt. Then to continue the thirst quenching summer style, Saarz, the world’s best lager hops were added to our usual British varieties to give a most refreshing summer drink.
So light is this beer, that we only brew it for the summer months.
RYDAL PALE (4.1%)
Our latest pale ale and arguably our best yet.
Once more we have used some lager malts to make a paler ale and then livened up our British hops with a sprinkling of New World hops (Liberty and Cascade – as used in our IPA) to give a light hoppy and very easy drinking ale.
BORROWDALE BITTER (4.2%)
A beer that is a bit darker and more brooding than most of our range, perhaps suited to the climate of Borrowdale?
It is a rosy amber ale, with good depth of malt character balanced with classic British hops for a good bitterness and hoppy finish. A classic British ale that is just a touch darker than your usual Best Bitter.
WINDERMERE IPA (4.3%)
By request we made an I.P.A. However as we pride ourselves in making easy drinking beers and do not like to battle overly hopped ales, even this our hoppiest beer is still a good session beer.
This light beer uses two New World hops, Cascade and Liberty, to give plenty of hop flavor, without being overpowering. Our version of the classic ale style has soon become one of our best loved ales.
DUNGEON GHYLL STOUT (5.0%)
Dungeon Ghyll Stout is our take on a classic stout. We use roast and cara malts to make the brew as dark as a stout should be but without the associated bitterness that some malts can give.
To slightly take the bitter edge of the stout we use proper vanilla extract – imported from Madagasca - as an allergen free alternative to milk that would traditionally have been used.
To make Dungeon Ghyll have the depth of character that any good stout should have, we stop the ferment with a final gravity of 1015 giving it real body.
The casks of Dungeon Ghyll are not always available – as we keg and bottle most of each brew. However we do take orders for casks every time a brew is ready.