Lakeland Ales

We have just returned from a trip to the Lake District and sampled some great local ales when we were there. The first stop was Keswick, where we drank in the popular and traditional Dog and Gun pub which sells locally brewed beers from the Keswick Brewing Company, all with a ‘thirst’ theme. We tried Thirst Ascent (4%) and Thirst Run (4.2%), Thirst Run being my favourite, which although slightly stronger, was much hoppier and quaffable. Real ale aside, they are famous for their Hungarian goulash! They are also the home of Keswick Mountain Rescue, and if you buy the Thirst Ascent beer some of the cash goes towards the team (it wasn’t on draft unfortunately when we were there).

A couple of doors down is the Oddfellows Arms, a Jennings pub, which was an interesting old pub with a large beer garden/patio out the back, but the atmosphere wasn’t as lively. I drank the Cumberland Ale (4%) which was pleasant but preferred Adam’s golden Cocker Hoop (4.6%).

Dog and Gun, Keswick

Dog and Gun, Keswick

The Oddfellows Arms, Keswick

The Oddfellows Arms, Keswick

The next stop was the village of Ings near Windermere to the fantastic Watermill Inn – the reason for going there is that the pub has its own micro-brewery and has no less than 16 real ales on draft at any one time! You can see the brewery behind glass walls in the lounge bar. We came across their beers at the Cambridge Beer Festival so had to go and see for ourselves what else they had on tap. They brew dog-themed beers (the pub is very dog-friendly!) and we enjoyed sampling W’ruff Night (5%, too strong for me), A Bit’er Ruff (4.1%) and the wonderful Collie Wobbles at 3.7%, a lovely pale golden and refreshing ale and so drinkable! There wasn’t enough time to try everything, although I did manage some Wylam Summer Magic (4.2%) which was incredibly hoppy and summery, and the traditional Coniston Bluebird, and Adam enjoyed Pit Pony by Northumberland (3.6%). He also raved about Haystacks from Hesket Newmarket at a quaffable 3.7%, one of his most favourite beers ever it appears, he is still talking about it… 😉

The Watermill, Ings

The Watermill, Ings

The micro-brewery

The micro-brewery

Beers!

Beers!

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  1. Dog & Gun, Keswick is a pretty fine pub with great ale and great food.


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