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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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    1 week ago

    Jennings Brewery
    I t may be cold out there but who cares when you have Jennings to enjoy indoors

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    Have you tried buying Jennings in Workington supermarkets? None to be found but my son buys it in his local Suffolk morrisons

    3 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    Cheers everyone !

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    used to really enjoy a pint of mild back in the late 80's when i used to visit my Grandad in Workington

    Fingers crossed they don't close the Cocklemouth Site.

    When's snecklifter comimg back? Jennings Brewery

    As above, we need Sneck Lifter back in times like these. Not more of that boring wishy washy golden nats pee ale! 🤷🏻‍♂️

    Is your job safe, that many rumours going around, I'm working at Thomas Armstrong quarry at west newton

    Cheers Jennings

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    4 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    #happynewyear2021🎉

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    It is now, look what I’ve just found in my bottle rack. I hope their still in date. Yippee 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

    Try one of these. It's the way forward 😆

    Yes John Davies - I have just one bottle left myself- saving it for the New Year! Surely it's time for a Snecklifter revival? Alcohol is a well known and scientifically proven Covid remedy! HNY!

    Just a couple of these left to see in the new year, just in date. HNY

    Can your New Years resolution be to bring back Sneck Lifter..............pretty please!!! 🙏🙏🙏

    yes and keep the beer coming

    Sadly there shop was shut, no supplies available. Next Xmas!

    Proper jennings beer👍

    Dont be a stick in the mud...its the best out there

    Can someone pls start a snecklifter petition?

    Bring back snecklifter plz

    Happy new year from DK 🇩🇰 I miss Sneck Sneck Sneck.

    Try one of these.it’s the way forward 😂

    Yippee John,save one for me,we can both enjoy our own winter warmers?

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    1 month ago

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    Merry Christmas from Jennings!

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    Going down nicely. Merry Christmas😊🍺

    See you 3 months lol

    Bring back snecklifter

    Cumberland 🤢 snecklifter 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    Would be even merrier with a Sneck Lifter! 🤨

    Bring back marathon ale

    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the team at Jennings 🍺

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    1 month ago

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    A far more festive picture for Jennings Brewery. Just a pity there is no longer any proper Ale to put in it. Merry Christmas to all at the brewery & let’s hope the decision makers actually wake up soon & bring back Snecklifter rather than being Scrooge to its loyal customers.

    Dim idea by someone to bin off snecklifter, all these golden ales blend in to insignificant compared to complex ales like ‘snecky’. Shame on you Marstons!

    Snecklifter, what a beautiful drop of stuff!

    Shame we can still not place orders online

    Sorry but Nah...Cumberland ale doesn't do it. Bring back Sneck!

    SNECK! SNECK! SNECK!😑

    Why no Sneck ?? Are you serious?

    Only Christmas cheer this year would be Jennings bringing back snecklifter!!

    Please get the bitter bottled again 🙏 get your act together and do it in 2021 for us the customers without our support for your beers you can't continue to exist. Bitter, Sneck Lifter, Cock a hoop etc. Or why not push the boat out and give us them in draft cans 😊

    Sorry but it is Humbug, Cumberland is like week dishwater compared to Snecklifter but again the power of Jennings or should I say Marstons Marketing Dept. Fail their customers at Christmas.

    There best ever brew bottles of Marathon Ale, i loved it, a one off.

    Snecklifter is the only beer I get excited about, and the only Jennings ale I will drink 🍻

    Bring back Snecklifter. My fave beer.

    Bring back Sneck, nuff said!

    Wat ya on marra black seep 👂at mo

    What, no Snecklifter in Santa’s sack!! ☹️

    Alyson Fender beer from your heartland x

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