The county containing the Lake District, we are way up in the North West of England, bordering Scotland, Northumberland, Durham, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. Cumbria is mostly a combination of the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and bits of Lancashire and Yorkshire making it now the 3rd largest county in England. This was the area inhabited by the Brigantes who aligned themselves with Rome during the occupation and emerged as the Cumbric speaking kingdom under repeated attacks from Scottish clans. After the Norman invasion most of the area was under the Kingdom of Scotland but by the time of William II became incorporated into England.
There is one city in the county, which is Carlisle, which is also the county town, other large settlements are Barrow in Furnace, Workington, Kendal and Penrith. Ship building used to be a major employer in the area but since its decline the Nuclear Power station at Sellafield has become the largest employer. Agriculture and Tourism are a major part of the county income.
Cumbria has everything in the way of geological features, from the coast through to the Solway firth, the western Pennines and of course Lakeland. The highest mountain in England is here in Scafell Pike (978m), other high spots include Helvellyn (950m), Skiddaw (931m) and Great Gable (899m) in fact all of the top 10 highest peaks in England are in Cumbria. In addition to the mountains the county also has the largest lake, Windermere. It is a county of superlatives.
On Ratebeer we have a total of 61 Breweries in Cumbria, 39 currently active and 22 closed. Only 3 of these are Commissioner / Client Brewers.
The oldest brewer by far is Jennings Brewery of Cockermouth (Est 1828), now part of the Marstons group but still operating separately, apart from floods. The brewery was established in a village south of Cockermouth, Lorton but moved in 1874 to a purpose built brewery. The brewery was run by 3 sons of the original owner, covering all parts of production and the business. The built the business by buying up smaller breweries and public houses to expand. The buy-out by Marstons was in 2005 and there is no longer any connection to the Jennings family.
The Brewery with the largest range in the county is Hawkshead Brewery of Staveley (Est 2002) with 141 beers on Ratebeer.
The 2020 Ratebeer Best awards made Hawkshead Brewery the best Brewery in the county and Hawkshead Tonka Shake the best beer.
The overall Top 10 beers for Cumbria are –
- Hawkshead / Cigar City Tiramisu Imperial Stout
- Hawkshead Imperial Stout
- Hawkshead Northern Imperial Stout
- Hawkshead Northern Imperial Stout Bourbon BA
- Hawkshead Tonka Shake
- Hawkshead Imperial Flump King
- Hawkshead Sour Cherry Tiramisu Bourbon BA
- Hawkshead Brodies Prime Reserve
- Hardknott Vitesse Noir R
- Hawkshead Tonka
The Top 6 Bars / Pubs in Cumbria on Ratebeer are –
- Beer Hall (Hawkshead), Staveley – 86
- Dale Lodge Hotel, Tweedies Bar, Grasmere – 83
- Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, Barrow in Furness – 77
- Watermill Inn, Ings – 76
- Wainwright, Keswick – 76
- Eagle & Child Hotel, Staveley – 76
The top 5 Raters of beers from Cumbria are –
You will require a generous 56 rates to dislodge @RichTheVillan from 50th place in the highest raters list.
The top Rater who resides in Cumbria is @RichardW who we haven’t seen since 2015 unfortunately. I can’t find any currently rating.