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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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    4 days ago

    Jennings Brewery
    During tonight we will all say #GoodBye to #britishsummertime with the clocks falling back an hour.

What will you do with the extra hour?

    During tonight we will all say #goodbye to #britishsummertime with the clocks falling back an hour.

    What will you do with the extra hour?
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    Wait for jennings to bring back snecklifter!

    2 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    All hail the Cumberland Sausage and a pint of Jennings!

#sundaylunchandbeer

    All hail the Cumberland Sausage and a pint of Jennings!

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    Another vote for the return of Snecklifter please 🤗

    Whets the snecklifter?

    Shame it’s not a pint of Snecklifter! ☹️

    All hail a pint of Snecklifter,when is it coming back?

    Bring back Snecklifter for me and Cockerhoop for hubby

    #bring back snecklifter

    Can we start a petition? Bring back Sneck!!

    Bridge inn at santon bridge always had 3 Jennings beers on tap. Last time I was there only Cumberland. Bar manager was telling me he was ordering from Jennings and cannot get other beers so horrible marston stuff on former sneck lifter and cockahoop taps.

    Where is the snecklifter, we really need a winter warmer & something to get us through lock down. #bring back snecklifter #jenningsbestbeer they forget to brew

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    2 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    Cumberland - Jennings No.1 golden beer!
#humpdayvibes #cumberland

    Cumberland - Jennings No.1 golden beer!
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    Snecklifter was one of my favourite ales too, I was gutted when I found out it wasn't being made any more.

    When is Jennings No. 1 dark ale returning.... Snecklifter!?

    Deffo.... Could we please have your best beer back please!!

    Bugger golden ale, we want Snecklifter back on the shelves!! 👍

    The only Jennings beer for me is Snecklifter.

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    2 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    Night Vision! The perfect pint to end the weekend. #cheers #RealAle #amberbeer #jenningsbrewery

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    Is it Snecklifter? My fave beer.

    Sneck lifter 😍😍

    Night Vision...meh! Snecklifter is what we want.

    Hmmm..

    3 weeks ago

    Jennings Brewery
    Curry + Cumberland.
A match made in heaven if you ask us!
#nationalcurryweek

    Curry + Cumberland.
    A match made in heaven if you ask us!
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    Odd to understand the thinking at Jennings Brewery these days. No one understands the renaming, so much so that throughout Cumbria they have to have a tag on the Bitter pump saying what its old name was while lots of the vans drive around with the old range on them still. The best two beers - the legendary/award winning Sneck Lifter and Cocker Hoop are no more. Used to love a spot of Crag Rat too. We always used to head straight to Jennings pubs when walking in the Lakes now we generally don't bother as there are so many other great inventive Cumbrian breweries now and if you want to drink Cumberland you can do so anywhere in the UK, you don't have to visit Cumbria for it. It is all so so sad.

    Bring back Sneck Lifter!

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