#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 14
Beer: Cumberland deep golden ale
The Brewer: Jennings
Another night, another golden ale.
I’m surprised to realise that in the two-and-a-half years I’ve been doing this blog, this is only the second Jennings beer I’ve reviewed.
The reason that surprised me is that Jennings was one of the first places I remember starting to get a real taste for beer, back when I looked after their PR for a while.
Now, their beer reminds me of beautiful drives across the country, through the Lake District, to Cockermouth and beyond, and the smell of the brewery as I got out of the car. It’s one of life’s great smells.
I think it’s a similar nostalgia that hits me when It taste Cumberland. It tastes healthy and fresh. It’s a proper country town pub beer. Never mind the b***ocks, here comes the beer.
Even as someone who now loves to try lots of new, creative beers, I still really enjoy a good “old fashioned beer”, and this is a particularly good one.
My only disappointment is to notice the bottle now says that this is brewed at the Jennings Castle Brewery and at Marstons’ other breweries. I’ve always held that the Lakes water was a magic ingredient in Jennings’ beers, as it is for many other breweries, but I’ll still always see this as a good Northern beer and the quality remains.
Where in the North?
So, Cockermouth is a town in the Lake District that is beautiful to visit and to stay. Good pubs, quirky little shops, an abundance of walks both within and outside of the town, and, of course, a brewery to visit. It sits alongside Keswick in my favourite places in the Lakes.
William Wordsworth is a famous son of Cockermouth and you can still visit his home there.
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