Ennerdale Craft Brewery

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Today we teamed up with our amiga española

Today we were lucky enough to have Spanish brewer Asun Bosch join us in the brewery.

Asun has been brewing beer for “La Jefa: Cerveza Artesana” in Tenerife and wanted to spend a day with Dave to learn all about the brewing process of our English ales.

uwww brewer friends!

“La Jefa” is the Spanish feminine form for “boss”, or female boss! The brewery has only been up and running for a couple of months but they have already produced three amazing craft ales… with equally amazing art work! And it gets better, each ale is dedicated to a “La Jefa” that history has kept silently hidden.

1.’Rosalind’ is a light, blonde beer that will fill your taste buds with floral tastes, honey aromas and inspirational overtones. Historically it was almost impossible for female scientists to assert themselves. Education was limited and academic contributions were often dismissed or perhaps worse, misattributed. Rosalind Franklin’s data was used without her permission and her huge contribution to science (unlocking the double helix structure of DNA) was extremely under-acknowledged. Every time you drink a Rosalind you acknowledge “La Jefa” in science!

2. ‘Olive’ is a strong, brown ale that is both sweet and malty with aromas of coconut and vanilla. In her short life, Olive Morris co-founded the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent (OWAAD). She was also a core member of the British Black Panther Movement. She campaigned for access to education and decent living conditions for Black communities and she fought against state and police repression. Despite dying at a young age, she empowered the people who lived and worked around her. Olive dedicated her life to the struggle for liberation, democracy and socialism- This one is for her!

3. ‘Hedy’ is a tangy, zesty, well-hopped American IPA. It has a high alcohol content and should be savored to receive all of its signals. Hedy Lamarr was a successful American actress, however, with the outbreak of World War II she “did not feel very comfortable, sitting there in Hollywood and making lots of money when things were in such a state”. Instead she turned to inventing and, with help from composer and pianist George Antheil, created a radio guidance system that used a frequency-hopping signal that was immune to interference from enemies. Unfortunately, the US Navy did not adopt her technology until the 1960s, however, the principals of her work are used in Bluetooth technology and versions of modern day Wi-Fi. Cheers to that!


You can visit their website for more info, or if you’re planning a holiday in Tenerife be sure to check out La Jafa and taste their ales (be careful though- they’re strong!)

It would have been rude to not taste our beer…..

‘Ging Real Ale Trial’ take a Trip on the Wild Side…

We always enjoy the reviews on YouTube from Stuart and Andrew’s Ging Real Ale Trail. Of course, we love it even more if they are reviewing our ale from Ennerdale Brewery! Take a look here to see the thumbs up they give to our Ennerdale Wild. 

It’s fantastic to have such support from Stuart and Andrew – they know their onions (well they know they’re beer!) and it was great to see them picking up on more and more hoppy aromas and subtle flavours as they supped on the Wild.

Well guys, English Pride will be available again for the Six Nations tournaments and for the first time, we are doing a bottled version too! We hope you’ll enjoy this as well and can’t wait to see feedback on YouTube. We hope we’ll be able to welcome you up here to the brewery later this year if you fancy a visit to Wild Ennerdale… Or perhaps you’d like to make up a team in our annual charity barrel run?

Ennerdale Brewery Charity Barrel Run

Our annual barrel run takes place in September

We are very grateful for all the coverage and support that we get from real ale fans. Do keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter– we love to hear what you think and always take note of suggestions.

Catch up soon x 

 

 

 

Our beers are on their holidays

Fans of Ennerdale Bottled beers have been sharing photos of our ales on their holidays…

Ennerdale Blonde - Cumbrian real ale refreshing sunny DevonRecently spotted in Devon defending the coast, before doing its final duty being enjoyed at a bbq!

As the real ale is refreshing more distant corners of the country (it’s been photographed in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Devon, and of course closer to home in Lancashire and around the Lake District) we are now building an online shop. This is a really exciting development for the brewery and we hope to have this up and running by the end of September.

Three Hot Blondes from Ennerdale - real ale doesn't get much better!

Ging Real Ale Trail review Ennerdale Brewery Bottled BeerThere are lots of plans on the go at Ennerdale Brewery with an open day planned to coincide with the annual barrel run, and we’ll let everyone know what’s going on in the next few days!

This is being run in memory of Phil Callery, who was our head brewer who was a big part of our early success.

Here at Ennerdale Brewery we love the fact that people take the time to share and send us their photos from around the country. As a small microbrewery we don’t expect our reach to go much further than Cumbria- but the reach is growing! This comes from those who holiday in the Lake District and fall in love with our cask and bottled ale (and of course locals who take a case of beer with them to enjoy on a sunny evening around the UK!)

This is also a moment to say a big thank you to the increasing number of outlets who are stocking our ale and to those who spread the word through reviews. Your support is very much appreciated!

YouTube review: Ennerdale Brewery “Darkest” 

What would we do without those of you who have a passion for great beer? As a small microbrewery in the wilds of Ennerdale, to see a review of our three Cumbrian bottled beers on Youtube is a real treat! A big thanks to Stuart and Andrew Pickard for sharing their reviews and for making us all very happy! We rely on the quality of the brew and the enthusiasm of those who drink it to help spread the word about us, and we appreciate every bit of feedback.

Ging Real Ale Trail review Ennerdale Brewery Bottled BeerNatural ingredients and a whole lot of love and care go into brewing. It’s not only fantastic to know that they bought the beers in West Yorkshire so we’re reaching beyond Cumbria, but also to see their comments on their Facebook page and watch their commentary in the video below.

The bottled beers sit really well alongside our core range of real ale, and whilst we work all the time to increase the number of pubs and other venues who sell our casks, whether permanently or as a guest beer, the feedback on the bottles has been very positive as people are enjoying being able to drink it anytime, anyplace, anywhere!

Now that we have added Wild Ennerdale to our core brewing, we’ve got a great range across the ABVs and colours to suit many tastes.

Added to that, it’s about time to think about brewing our summer seasonal ale “Copper”! We’ll wait til we get two consecutive sunny days… or maybe not – we might be waiting a while!! But hey, the sun is always shining with a good pint of ale in your hands, so we’d better get our skates on!

Here’s Stuart and Andrew’s critique of Darkest. Follow them to see the other ales reviewed on Youtube! 

Ennerdale Brewery goes wild with new real ale!

Cumbrian microbrewery launches a real ale in support of The Wild Ennerdale Partnership

Wild Ennerdale real ale from Ennerdale microbrewery Cumbria“Wild Ennerdale” has recently hit the pubs, and we’re donating 5p per pint from the first 100 casks to support the Wild Ennerdale Partnership’s excellent environmental work in the Ennerdale valley. We’re delighted that the first reactions from those supping a pint are fabulous! We’re very excited to add another ale to our core range- and of course we continue to brew seasonal ales and some for special occasions.

Brewed with water drawn from our own spring, Wild Ennerdale is a golden amber colour (derived from the finest quality English grown malting barley and hops). 4.2ABV, with a wonderful hop aroma and a well rounded bitterness.

Barrie Roberts, the brewery director, said “It is a fantastic milestone for us to brew a real ale in association with Wild Ennerdale in time for their 10th anniversary. To have the opportunity to work with them more closely, and donate towards improving the spectacular landscape in Ennerdale is important to us”.

Here at the brewery, we’re already heavily involved in the Ennerdale Hub which runs the Fox and Hounds and has plans to open a village shop and visitor’s centre.

It’s a big step forward to increase our environmental support. We hope to remain involved with partnership for many years to come, whether through donations or getting our wellies on and helping out in the work they do around us.

The Wild Ennerdale Partnership is one of the UK’s longest running wild land projects, allowing ecosystems throughout the valley to evolve with greater freedom. Its experience in managing land through minimal human intervention is already widely acclaimed and shared by others.

Project Officer for Wild Ennerdale, Rachel Oakley, said “It’s great to see the Wild Ennerdale brand supporting a local business, and fantastic that Ennerdale Brewery is contributing to work in the valley through sales of the beer”. 

We’re excited about working with Wild Ennerdale and are busy making sure there is plenty of “Wild” beer around Cumbria for everyone to enjoy. We’ll also be at the Cockermouth Food Market on Saturday 4th May, so do come along and sample our real ale & have a chat!

To read the full press release click here.


Ennerdale Brewery is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas, and the project is delivered with Defra as the Managing Authority.

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