Our Beers

Yates Brewery

Address: Yates Brewery, Ghyll Farm‚ Westnewton, Wigton‚ Cumbria CA7 3NX

Phone: 01697 321081

Yates Brewery is situated in the picturesque village of Westnewton on the Solway Plain in the North West corner of Cumbria.

It is the oldest independent micro-brewery in Cumbria and was established December 1986 by Peter and Carole Yates. Peter Yates had spent all his working life in the brewing industry culminating at Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth where he was Head Brewer. A disused byre at the family home was converted into a two-storey brew-house and other outbuildings on the smallholding were converted into ancillary buildings.

It was the infancy of micro-brewing, the Good Beer Guide for the following year listed only two micro-breweries in the North East and Cumbria.

The brewery changed hands in September 1998. The current owners are Graeme and Caroline Baxter who previously owned High Force Hotel and Brewery in Teesdale, Co. Durham.

When Graeme and Caroline Baxter bought the brewery, they injected their styles of beer from High Force, but crucially kept faith with the ever popular Yates Bitter, now the brewery produces several styles of beer that have year round support.

In 2006 the new brew house was commissioned increasing production to 48 barrels per week and a new reed bed system for wastewater was built.

In December 2013 Yates Brewery celebrated 3000 brews, approximately 11.5 million pints of beer. It is testament to the on-going quality of Yates Beers that many of the original Yates outlets still stock Yates beers, some after several changes of ownership.

The brewery has had a successful history and in its relatively short life has collected many awards from all over the country. In recent years Yates Bitter, Golden Ale and Sun Goddess have all been nominated for Champion Beer of Britain.

Ulverston Brewing Company

Address: The Old Auction Mart, Lightburn Road LA12 0AU

Phone: 01697 321081

In 2006 the brand new Ulverston Brewing Company made its home in the old winding machine shed of the Diamond Pit in Lindal. With dreams of putting their home town of Ulverston on the brewing map they took the town crest as their ‘logo’ and the motto ‘Only the best’ seemed very appropriate and they adopted the town’s most famous son as the inspiration behind the naming of their beers.

Since 2006, we have been producing Real Ale of exceptional quality, with a distinctive taste and growing popularity. Our selection of beers appeal to the widest range of palates and will satisfy connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike Brewed using only the best ingredients, our beers are made using traditional processes at our brewery in the heart of Ulverston.

Our close links to Ulverston are illustrated through the names of our regular beers, which are all taken from the world-renowned work of Laurel and Hardy. One half of the duo, Stan Laurel, is Ulverston’s most famous son.

Hesket Newmarket Brewery

Address: Hesket Newmarket Brewery Ltd, Old Crown Barn, Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria CA7 8JG

Phone: 016974 78066

Hesket Newmarket Brewery is hidden away in the beautiful village of Hesket Newmarket in the north of the Lake District National Park.

The brewery was first set up by Jim and Liz Fearnley in 1988 in the barn behind the Old Crown Inn which Jim and Liz had been running for a couple of years. Initially the beers were brewed exclusively for the Old Crown and this drew real ale enthusiasts from far and wide.

As the brewery’s reputation spread across Cumbria, a number of other pubs expressed interest in the beers, and a small network of loyal outlets was gradually established. In 1995 Jim and Liz decided to sell the Old Crown and concentrate on the brewery. Together with Mark Graham and Arthur Walby, they continued to expand their range of beers into one of the widest in the country.

When the Fearnleys announced their intention to retire in 1999, a group of local enthusiasts came together to work out how best they could ensure the survival of the brewery in the village. So was born the Hesket Newmarket Brewery Co-operative, a community enterprise run on democratic and voluntary principles, through which around 70 real ale enthusiasts (who either live locally or have local connections) own equal shares in the brewery. After a successful first year, most shareholders opted to receive their dividend in liquid form, and have continued to do so in subsequent years! The cooperative has also begun to channel a share of profits into community projects.

Mark Graham ran the brewery on behalf of the co-operative, winning a special award from Solway CAMRA for ‘high quality brewing’, until he chose to leave in 2002. He will be best remembered by many for his formulation of the superb Helvellyn Gold bitter. The brewery was lucky to find an ideal replacement in Mike Parker, previously Head Brewer with the renowned Bass Brewing Company. Mike retired in 2007 with brewing becoming the responsibility of Paul Johnson who had been working with Mike since 2003.

The extended building with the larger brewing vessels was opened by HRH Prince of Wales in February 2004. This was followed by another visit from His Royal Highness in 2007 when he was able to see the recently installed facilities for producing bottle-conditioned beer.

Hawkshead Brewery

Address: Mill Yard, Staveley, Cumbria LA8 9LR

Phone: 01539 822644

Hawkshead Brewery was founded, by Alex Brodie, in July 2002, in a 17th century barn at Town End Farm, at the head of Esthwaite Water, just outside Hawkshead. The brewery grew so fast that in 2006 we had to move across the lake (Windermere, that is) to Staveley, at the foot of the Kentmere Valley.

Hawkshead Brewery is now in Mill Yard, Staveley, beside the River Kent, where we installed a new brewery, tailor-made by Moeschle (UK) Ltd. In 2010 we further expanded into the glass fronted building next door increasing brewing capacity and developing The Beer Hall. This involved installing two 11,500 litre stainless steel dual purpose vessels (for fermenting and conditioning) which rise up through the first floor and building a new bar, cellar, temperature controlled specialist beer shop and opening a kitchen.

20 Years in the Brewing Business


Slater’s Brewery

Address: St Alban’s Road, Common Road Ind Est, Stafford ,ST16 3DR

Phone: 01785 257976

Slater’s Ales – formerly known as Eccleshall Brewery is a very successful family run brewery which was established in March 1995 in its original premises behind the George Hotel in Eccleshall by Ged and Moyra Slater.

In an effort to meet increasing demand from customers for our award winning beers, we took the unprecedented decision to move to new premises in 2004. With a blank canvas and ten years of experience, we built the current operation from the ground up and we are now operating in a state of the art brewery producing some of the finest beers in the UK today. We have seen production capacity increase three fold from 10 barrels to 30 barrels during the last two years.

The move from Eccleshall to our current brewing plant in St Albans Road Stafford has enabled us to improve both consistency and quality in our beers and also produce enough beer to cope with the increasing demand from new customers. This increase in demand has also enabled us to double our full time staff from four to eight in the last twelve months.

Cumbrian Legendary Ales

Address: Old Hall Brewery, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QF

Phone: 01539 436 436

Old Hall Brewery lies on the shores of Esthwaite Water at the southern edge of Hawkshead village in the English Lake District.

Our beers are all produced with care and pride using the wonderful Lake District Fell water and the best of English malts, together with quality hops from around the world.

In 2011 the stunning Loweswater Gold was judged Champion Golden Ale of Britain but our range also includes the famous Croglin Vampire. Click on our beers to find out more.