#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 59
Beer: Westmorland Ale
The Brewer: Sainsbury’s / Jennings Brewery
Sometimes if you check out the “supermarket’s own” range, you’ll find a gem from a top brewer. This one’s part of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Range, but is brewed by Jennings Brewery.
Jennings have a great knack of brewing beer that has a real feel of quality, natural ingredients, so let’s see if this lives up to that.
It’s light on the nose and doesn’t disappoint when you take your first mouthful.
Unusually, the toffee and caramel hints come through, and it has a nice bitterness about it, without taking away from the lightness of the overall drink. Ok, so they may not be the most “natural” flavours, but it still has that feel to it.
One of the great things is that it doesn’t taste like a “cheap” “supermarket’s own” drink.
They’ve used a quality brewer and brought a quality drink – at own brand prices!
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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