History

The Lakes – picture perfect – but that’s not the full picture. The area has always been a hot bed of innovation, discovery and creativity and this has never been truer than when visiting the Jennings Brewery.

Established as a family concern back in 1828, the original Jennings brewery was located in the village of Lorton, approximately 2 miles from the Brewery’s current location.  In 1874 having outgrown the site the brewery moved to the historic market town of Cockermouth, situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park.  Nestled between the rivers Cocker and Derwent at the foot of the famous Cockermouth Castle the site is perfect with its abundant supply of pure Lakeland water which is drawn from the brewery’s own well.

A true craft brewery, the team at Jennings have continued to brew award winner beers which have helped make Jennings synonymous with the Lake District and the 16 million people who visit the area each year.

Between the move to Cockermouth in 1874 and 1881, both sites at Lorton and Cockermouth operated under one proprietorship. in 1881, control was divided with John Jennings Junior’s three sons assuming control of the Cockermouth site. Joseph Henry Jennings (1856 – 1899) became Head Brewer, Isaac Gaitskill Jennings (1852 – 1916) was Chairman and John Brown Jennings (1856 – 1896) was Vice Chairman.

In 1887 the brothers converted the concern into a limited company. At that time the business consisted of 3 maltings and 16 licensed outlets.

Many acquisitions of small breweries and public houses were made over the ensuing years. Four West Cumberland breweries were acquired in 1921 and Faulders Brewery of Keswick in 1926 Including a number of public houses.

There no longer exists any Jennings connection with the business. As the only independent brewer in Cumbria, 2005 saw the acquisition of Jennings Brewery by Marston’s PLC — a move which saw great benefits for the Cockermouth site. Plans were very quickly put in place to further invest in the brewery, which was very much linked to the potential volume growth of the beers.

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    Tonight I went to Wetherspoon’s they had a lovely strong cask ale called Exmoor Beast. A chocolate’y Dark ale full of taste & body that reminded me so much of the old Snecklifter, that specialist brew that helped Jennings ales stand out from the crowd but now all they flog is a tasteless pale bitter. Forget international pick nick day. It’s Father’s Day on Sunday & I know what I’d love to be buying, but then I’m reminded of the pathetic marketing department at Jennings that repeatedly ignore customer feedback. I know I’m like a stuck record, but just like the amount of customers that’s walked away, I really don’t see what they don’t get & why they don’t listen. Unless of course as I’ve always said they do it deliberately to run down this great brewery, as the land it sits on makes for some great real estate & flat development land. But hey ho. Who cares about customers when. There’s an alternative agenda . Let’s watch this space lol.

    7 days ago

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    You can’t celebrate Beer Day Britain without a pint of Jennings. 

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    Vanessa Russell you need to try this 😁

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