Three Pennine-based breweries have been selected to produce and sell official Pennine Way beers.
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, The Nook Brewhouse in Holmfirth, and Hadrian and Border Brewery in Tyneside will each make a beer to be launched this summer. The ales will be available along the trail and in surrounding areas from Manchester and Sheffield to Newcastle, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders.
The maintenance of the trail will benefit from a financial contribution from each pint or bottle that is sold.
Sheila Sutton from The Nook Brewhouse said: “Our location and the provenance of our products is something we hold at the core of our business. We are brewing a traditional Pennine Light Mild that was once synonymous with the mill and farming towns of the southern Pennines. The balance of sweetness and bitter hop character will make this a very refreshing and quaffable drink.”
Stuart Taylor from Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery said: “Being keen outdoor brewers and regular walkers and mountain bikers we wanted to support the maintenance of the Pennine Way for locals and visitors to enjoy. We are brewing a thirst-quenching amber ale of 4% – perfect hydration along your Pennine adventure.”
Andy Burrows from Hadrian and Border Brewery said: “We straddle the top third of the Pennine Way and currently supply the Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm with beer for walkers completing the way. We are brewing a thirst quenching hoppy golden coloured ale with an abv of 3.8% – just right for slaking the thirst of the Pennine walker.”
Brewing is underway right now. Initially the beers will be available as cask ales to pubs, hotels and restaurants along the trail and in surrounding areas. Later in the year, bottled ales will be available to purchase online and in local stockists. An official launch date will be announced shortly.
The Pennine Way trail managers began their search for a brewery partner in February, and were delighted with the level of interest that was received. Trail Manager, Heather Procter, explained how the breweries were selected:
“As the Pennine Way is so long we decided that we would work with three smaller breweries along the length of the trail who can each supply their surrounding areas. We are really pleased to be supporting local businesses and looking forward to tasting the three new beers.”
Stockists will be listed online at www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pennine-way/plan when they have taken delivery of the official ales. The breweries would be very pleased to hear from anyone who may be interested in stocking one or more of the Official Pennine Way beers.