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Jennings Brewery Tours
Castle Brewery
Cumbria CA13 9NE

 

 

Cockermouth’s Castle Brewery which brews Jennings Ales is stunningly located beneath the walls of the castle right where the Rivers Cocker and Derwent merge.
 
Jennings has been brewing traditional beers for 160 years, and still uses the same traditional methods that were used by their founder as long ago as 1828, in the village of Lorton. In 1874 the brewery moved to its present site influenced by the availability of pure and plentiful water from the Castle well. The well has supplied the Castle with pure water since around the time of the Norman Conquest, and helps to give Jennings ales their distinctive flavour.
 
Traditional Brewing Methods & Ingredients
Not only do Jennings use traditional brewing methods but they also pride themselves on using traditional ingredients – pure Lakeland water from the well and the finest natural ingredients including malted Marris Otter barley from Norfolk, Goldings, Fuggles and Challenger  hops from Kent, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
 
The malt used by the brewery is screened and crushed rather than ground into a flour to keep the husks as whole as possible. The hops used are flaked rather than the increasingly popular hop pellets available nowadays.
 
In May 2005 Jennings Brewery was purchased by the national brewer, Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries (WDB) now marketed as Marston’s PLC.   Jennings beers are available across the north of England and are increasingly seen in W&DB pubs in the Midlands as well as being sold in free trade outlets throughout the country.
 
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Real Ale
Jennings is Cumbria’s last remaining brewery and the vast majority of its ales are sold in cask-conditioned form - 'Real Ale', the main characteristic of which is that the brew is 'still alive', and continues a secondary fermentation after it is casked.
 
Brewery Tour
A one hour tour takes the visitor round the Jennings Brewery, explaining such intriguing brewery expressions as Hop Back and Mash Tun. The tour is completed with the chance to sample the famous Jennings Bitter noted for its malty taste, Cocker Hoop, Cumberland Ale or the strong Sneck Lifter at the brewery’s atmospheric ‘Old Cooperage’ bar.
 
- Taking the Tour - Children
Children over the age of 12 are permitted on the tour.
 
- Tour Times
. March to October two tours a day Mon – Sat: 11:00 & 14:00 hours.
. During July & August tours run 7 days a week.  During this busy period additional tours may be added.
. During the winter months of November, December, January and February there is one tour a day, Mon – Fri at 14:00 hours.  Two tours on Saturday – 11:00 & 14:00 hours.
 
Tour Costs
For current Tour costs go to:  Web:  Jennings Brewery/ Tours
 
Booking
Tel:   0845 129 71 90 or book online at Web:  Jennings Brewery/ Tours
 
Jennings Tea Rooms
Enjoy a light lunch at the brewery.  If going on a tour place your order and it will be ready on your return.
 
Brewery Shop
Hours:
10:00 – 16:00 Monday to Saturday.  (10:00 – 16:00 on Sundays during July and August)
The shop sells an exclusive range of Jennings' ales, port, leisure wear and gifts.
 
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Contact & Further Information
Telephone    +44 (0)8451 297 190
 
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