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Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth

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Jennings Brewery was established as a family concern in 1828 in the village of Lorton, between Buttermere and Cockermouth in the Lake District, England. The brewery was started by John Jennings Snr, son of William Jennings (a maltster). Jennings brewed exclusively in Lorton until 1874 when its present home, the Castle Brewery in Cockermouth, was purchased. The Lorton brewery closed some five years later.

Jennings Brewery brew a range of ales using lakeland water drawn from the brewery's own well, malted Maris Otter barley from Norfolk and Goldings, Fuggles and Challenger hops from Kent, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The malt used by Jennings brewery is screened and crushed rather than ground into a flour to keep the husks as whole as possible. The hops used are flaked rather than the increasingly popular hop pellets available nowadays.

In May 2005 Jennings Brewery was purchased by the national brewer, Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, (renamed Marston's Plc in January 2007). The purchase was opposed by the Campaign for Real Ale, which feared W&DB would close the Cockermouth brewery. These fears seem to have been unfounded, however, as in June 2005 W&DB announced it would invest £250,000 to expand fermenting and cask racking capacity in Cockermouth, this work had been completed before the end of October 2008

Following the takeover by W&DB, the brewery's distribution centre in Workington was closed and its tied estate of 127 pubs absorbed by the W&DB pub company.

In May 2020, Marston's announced that it would merge its brewing business with Carlsberg UK (the United Kingdom arm of Carlsberg Group), into a joint venture valued at £780m. Marston's will take a 40% stake in the merged firm. The deal will involve Marston's six breweries and distribution depots, but not its 1,400 pubs.
In September 2022, the Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company announced the closure of the brewery to take effect in early October [1]. Jennings Cumberland Cask ale and bottled beer brands will be produced at Marston’s Brewery, in Burton.
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  • Myself, my brother, father and brother in law's all visited late last December as a Christmas trip out and it certainly did not disappoint! As massive Jennings beer fans we thoroughly enjoyed... 
    Myself, my brother, father and brother in law's all visited late last December as a Christmas trip out and it certainly did not disappoint! As massive Jennings beer fans we thoroughly enjoyed...  more »
  • Really good and informative tour of the brewery topped off with three half pints of beers which again was great 
    Really good and informative tour of the brewery topped off with three half pints of beers which again was great  more »
  • Best brewery trip ever. Phil was perfect knowledgeable and passionate tour guide. So clear and understandable. Lovely personality and sense of humour. Marstons have a real asset in this guy. Great... 
    Best brewery trip ever. Phil was perfect knowledgeable and passionate tour guide. So clear and understandable. Lovely personality and sense of humour. Marstons have a real asset in this guy. Great...  more »
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  • Great tour, we've been in a few other tours before and this one is the best we liked!! The guide is funny and knowledge . All the Ales are amazing, highly recommended to everyone !!!
  • Fabulous brewery tour, passionate members of staff who care about their beer products and local community. Tour included free drinks and chutneys/mustard with crackers at the end. Lovely Jennings port too. Well worth it
  • Great brewery tour, Phil is a fantastic, friendly, funny and knowledgeable tour guide. Great choice of beers at the end, followed by chutneys, crackers and port. What's not to like? 😆
  • A tour of the historic Jennings Brewery which was established nearly 200 years ago. The tour took you round the brewery with the guide explaining the various stages of the process and explains some of the different ingredients which went into the different beers. At the end of the tour there was an opportunity to taste some if the beers. Interesting tour if you want to understand who beer is brewed.
  • The brewery tour is ideal for wet and windy Cumbrian afternoons. I found the tour both educational and entertaining, thanks to Linda our bubbly and knowledgeable guide. The shop has a decent range of merchandise and bottled beer, not a bad shout for Christmas gifts. It is now, sadly, the only place that sells bottled Snecklifter.

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