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Published on March 18th, 2021 | by Alastair Gilmour

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New Cumbrian brewery emerges from tough times

An award-winning team of four has reunited to launch Lakes Brew Co.

Co-founders Matt Clarke, Michelle Gay, Steve Ricketts and Paul Sheldon, formerly employed by Hawkshead Brewery at Staveley, will be focusing on the local and thriving independent beer scene.

Michelle says the team is looking forward to developing a progressive and sociably innovative brewery in line with their own ethos and attitudes: “This opportunity has come out of adversity. What most people would regard as a disaster – when we lost our jobs – means we can now build something fresh and new.”

The new brewery will be in the heart of Kendal on Mintsfeet Industrial Estate, housing a 16hl SSV brew kit, MicroCan CL5 canning line and a proposed pop up tap room,  providing fresh off the line beer to the craft beer scene in the Lake District. They hope to have the first beers ready in June, available in can, keg and cask.

Brewer Matt will be creating a range of modern beer styles, focusing on freshness and quality. Keen to use innovative ingredients including new hop varieties and yeast strains. Matt, who as head brewer at Hawkshead was responsible for its most popular and award-winning beers, said we really look forward to working alongside likeminded artisanal businesses in the Lake District’s food and drink scene and collaborating with other Cumbrian businesses.


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