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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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    23 hours ago

    Jennings Brewery
    JUST FOR FUN!

Can anyone guess the names of these two rivers?

Hint: They’re near our brewery!

    JUST FOR FUN!

    Can anyone guess the names of these two rivers?

    Hint: They’re near our brewery!
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    It’s not sneck lifter then ???

    Derwent and Cocker

    Cocker and Derwent.

    "Bringback" & "Snecklifter" 😑

    Which one is which

    Sneck & Lifter

    Derwent and Cocker

    Cocker and Derwent

    Bill and Ben

    Cocker and mouth 🤔

    Bill and Ted?

    Cocker and Derwent

    The Rivers Derwent and Cocker 👍

    Cocker and Derwent

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    5 days ago

    Jennings Brewery
    This is what Saturday’s are made for.

#saturdayvibes #saturdaystroll #theresmoretothelakes

    This is what Saturday’s are made for.

    #saturdayvibes #saturdaystroll #theresmoretothelakes
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    Saturdays (and any day) are made for SNECK LIFTER!!

    He's lugged it all the way up there?I wudda supped it already🤔

    1 week ago

    Jennings Brewery
    Brew with a view

#theresmoretothelakes

    Brew with a view

    #theresmoretothelakes
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    Comment on Facebook

    The best view would be a hand pulled glass of Sneck.

    Whens snecklifter coming back? Xx

    2 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    Lined up ready for the weekend!

#TheresMoreToTheLakes

    Lined up ready for the weekend!

    #theresmoretothelakes
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    Comment on Facebook

    Enjoy! 😁

    I would be if I could buy some Sneck Lifter!!! ☹️

    Computer switched off, its Friday🍺👍

    Where’s The Snecklifter winter warmer you promised. Need a nice dark ale to warm the cockles of one’s heart.

    The only Jennings beer I will ever buy is Sneck Lifter ☹️

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    3 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    Enjoy the weekend with a Jennings beer. 🍺

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    Comment on Facebook

    Well.... if you insist 😀

    Ok, give me a Sneck Lifter.

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