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Ales well at K-L

Alan Stephenson, Jane Barnes and Stuart Taylor at the Water Witch (photo: Tom Sherlock)

The economy may be in trouble, but for one local firm the future’s bright

“We have plans to expand, bringing more of our beers to even more people.” This was the optimistic message from the men of Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery at a special event held at Lancaster’s Waterwitch pub.

The audience, which included brewery staff, trade representatives, members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and pub regulars, heard Head Brewer Stuart Taylor talk about the beers and the company’s future plans and had the opportunity to savour hops and malts used in the brews.

“We’re committed to producing top quality hand-crafted real ales using the finest ingredients and brewed to a consistent standard,” said Stuart. “Judging by sales this goes down well with drinkers, and it’s great to have an opportunity to meet some of them tonight and get their views.” The 6 barrel plant is currently brewing three times a week, with more fermenters due to be installed.

Jane Barnes, pub manager and event organiser said, “Here at the Waterwitch we are committed to showcasing quality local and regional breweries, of which Kirkby Lonsdale is a fine example. This event has brought together producers and consumers in an informal atmosphere, with an opportunity to try a range of K-L beers.”

Star of the night was thought by many to be Tiffin Gold, a light-bodied ale with a lasting bitter finish. Three other K-L beers were on handpump — Jubilee Stout, Cherkeby (a wheat beer), and Crusader (a red ale) — with Ruskin’s and Monumental coming next week.