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83: New Brewery Near Cockerham Celebrates Its Official Opening
Farm Yard Ales, a brand new brewery in (you guessed it!) a farmyard in Lancashire, held its official opening on Saturday December 2nd. The brewery was open for inspection (no brewing was taking place) as well as the Tap Bar, which is situated on a mezzanine overlooking the brewing floor.
The key question - what's the beer like? - is easily answered. Very Good. On the day there were three of the core range of cask beers, a best bitter, a golden ale, and (my favourite) a pale ale called Chaff. In addition, there is a selection of beers on keg, including a pilsner and a modern IPA. I suspect that I would have enjoyed the IPA, but because I was driving I limited myself to two halves - including one of the afore-mentioned Chaff.
So get along soon and support a new brewery in its early days. So when your grandchildren ask you what you did to help keep the traditions of English Brewing and English Pubs alive, you can say:
'Mind your own business!'
82: Tap Takeover at the Fell
The Fell Kendal will be hosting its first Tap Takeover on Saturday December 15th. To quote from the poster: 'To say we're excited is maybe, probably, certainly an understatement.'
Check for updates on the Facebook page (link above). The Penrith Fell Bar (it's the bar that used to be Moo Bar) is hosting the same breweries on the evening before, Friday December 15th. Be there, or miss out on an outrageously good opportunity to drink at the cutting edge!
81: Beer Club Night at the Fell
The Fell Kendal will be hosting its second Beer Club Night, beginning at 7.00pm. on Wednesday December 6th. Tickets are £15, available from the Fell.
Featured brewery is Boundary Brewing of Belfast. Northern Ireland is not well-known for its real ale, but has (along with the Republic) embraced the craft keg revolution with enthusiasm. An evening of beer and bonhomie to be savoured.
80: New Website for the Castle Inn
The Castle Inn has just unveiled its new website.
The website features the new menu, including the extended kitchen opening times, plus the Sunday Roast menu. NB. Booking are required for Sunday Roasts - telphone 01539 738723 to reserve your table.
You can also download a pdf of the Castle Inn menu from here.
79: Kendal Rugby Union FC New Clubhouse Open For Business
Kendal Rugby Union FC, having now opened its new Clubhouse and playing fields, is back in business as a leisure and functions centre (as well as KRUFC's home ground!) You can see the 'Pubs In South Lakes' listing for Mintbridge by clicking here.
I visited yesterday (November 8th.) and I can say that it looks good. There are two real ales available at any one time, many of them being local. More news will follow here when known, but in the meantime check the Mintbridge website for updates.
There are plans to start offering food, and the most obvious attraction (for a rugby fan at least) is the opportunity to watch Kendal play at home from the comfort of the Lounge Bar. See you in there.
78: New Union - Another Kendal Pub Re-opens Its Doors
The Union Tavern, re-named as 'The New Union', has re-opened with new Landlord Phil Walker behind the bar. The opening night was at the end of September, and since then I have been hearing good reports about what is going on.
I finally got the opportunity to try it out for myself yesterday (October 10th.) and I can confirm that things are looking up. There are up to four real ales available at any one time, many of them being local. But when opportunities arise, Phil will be getting interesting beers from all over the country. In line with modern trends there is an artisan gin menu, a selection of malt whiskies, plus bottled craft and Continental beers. For the more traditional, or non-craft beer drinker, there is Guinness and John Smiths Smooth, as well as a draught cider.
There are plans to start offering food, and Phil has many ideas about how to engage beer drinkers from Kendal in this new enterprise. Keep up to date with developments here on 'Pubs In South Lakes' or by checking the New Union Facebook page. We are living in a Golden Age for real ales, and rejuvenated pubs. But as a friend of mine has pointed out: 'The problem of there being a number of good pubs is that one is spread fairly thinly in trying to support them all.' Cheers!