West Cumbria Beer Fest Round-Up
Beer festival season is almost upon us, and as usual there are a number of venues across the west coast holding their very own festivals where locals and visitors alike can sample the very best of our county’s own brews.
To make life easier for everyone, we have put together a handy guide giving you a complete low down of the who, what, where and whens of West Cumbria’s beer festivals over the next few months.
The Woolpack Inn Sausage and Cider Festival – April 20 – 23
Sausage and cider lovers will be in for a treat when The Woolpack Inn throws their take on a beer festival.
To be held between April 20 and 23, The Woolpack Inn in Eskdale will be whacking out the barbeque when they hold their annual Sausage and Cider Festival.
Featuring more than 50 different ciders and 25 flavours of sausages all sourced locally from butchers, Bewley’s Woodall’s and Melvin Tyson’s, this is an event not to be missed.
Cleator Moor based band, The Black Guards, formerly known as D’Bleedin Blaggards, are set to get the crowds on their feet on the Saturday while a Tractor Pull will form the entertainment on the Sunday – great fun for the whole family.
For more information, please visit: www.woolpack.co.uk.
Strands Beer Festival – May 5 – 7
Back for another year, and also celebrating a special anniversary is The Strands Inn Beer Festival.
Taking place between May 5 and 7, the much-loved festival which is held in the family-run pub’s beer garden is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
This small, but well established beer festival, which each year draws in hundreds of visitors will feature more than 40 real ales, each brewed in house by owner and brewer, Mark Corr.
As part of the 10 year celebration, Mark and his team at The Strands have been busy preparing a special brew set to be revealed on the first day of the festival which all festival goers will have the chance to sample.
Delicious food and live music from various local bands will add to the festival feel.
For more information please call Mark or Lesley on 019467 26237.
Whitehaven Beer Festival – 26 – 28th May
For the first time ever, Whitehaven is to host its very own beer festival.
Kicking off on May 26 at The Lowther Club, in Lowther Street, Whitehaven, the town’s first beer festival will host more than 30 real ales and 12 ciders from across the UK.
Set to entertain the well quenched crowds over the weekend are Yorkshire acts, That 60s Band and soloist Matt Johnson on the Friday, Penrith rock choir, Committed2Rock, local girl Megan, as well as Paddy Maguire Band featuring Jenna Hooson on the Saturday, while local group, MT Arms will wrap things up on the Sunday.
The event costs £5 for non-members and £4 for CAMRA and Lowther Club members. Weekend tickets are available for £12 for non-members and £10 for CAMRA and Lowther Club members.
Keswick Beer Festival – June 2 – 3
The biggest beer festival in the north returns this June and is celebrating its 21st anniversary.
From June 2 – 3, locals and visitors will descend onto the grounds of Keswick Rugby Club (Davidson Park) for a weekend of top quality ales and ciders.
As usual, organisers of the event will be raising money for the two causes it has supported since it first kicked off back in 1997, Keswick Lions and Keswick Rugby Club.
The popular event which on average attracts more than 6000 beer enthusiasts will feature over 200 beers and ciders, hailing from both Cumbria and other parts of the UK, with each tipple being tried and tested by festival chairman and chief beer taster, Nigel Hale.
Live music from the likes of North East based Rock and Pop band, The Shakes, a unique Keswick duo, The Herdeez and The Kasios who are best known for getting people on their feet will be entertaining festival goers on both Friday and Saturday evening.
Boot Beer Festival – 8 – 11 June
Boot Beer Festival is now one of the biggest in the county, and with over 100 beers to choose from, it’s not surprising why.
This year’s festival will kick off on Thursday June 8 and will feature around 140 beers and at least 10 ciders at the three usual Eskdale Valley venues, Brook House, The Boot Inn and The Woolpack Inn.
The four-day family friendly event will include live music at Brook House from local band, The Roosters on Thursday June 8, while band Good Foxy will be getting people in the mood on the Friday. On Saturday, there will be a music tent as well as a sausage barbeque. The weekend will finish with a tractor pulling competition, with a prize of £50 up for grabs. Food is available on each night.