We had an enjoyable evening tour of Jennings Brewery where we found out how real ales are still brewed with care and attention. Jennings Brewery was originally established as a true family concern back in 1828, in the village or Lorton. The company moved to its current location in 1874, in the historic town of Cockermouth, in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle, at the point where the rivers Cocker and Derwent merge.
Jennings regards itself as a traditional brewer, traditional in a number of different ways. Pure Lakeland water is still used for brewing, drawn from the brewery’s own well, and only the finest natural ingredients are added, including malt made from Maris Otter barley, Golding hops from Kent and Fuggles hops from Herefordshire.
We completed the tour in the best way possible, by sampling some of Jennings’ superb Lakeland ales in the atmospheric bar, the Old Cooperage. This was followed by a delicious pie and pea supper.
Anyone who wanted to take a piece of Jennings home with them had the opportunity to browse in the brewery shop for an exclusive range of Jennings’ ales, port, leisurewear and gifts.