Monday, 23 November 2009

Jennings hit by floods

Jennings, the Cockermouth brewery, is closed as a result of the floods that have wreaked havoc in the Lake District.
Water rose to between three and four feet deep in the brewery, which is just off Main Street in Cockermouth. The brewery stands at the confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent and is always vulnerable to flooding. But important equipment and stores are on the first floor of the brewery and may have escaped serious damage.
The staff were evacuated last week as the waters rose. Stephen Oliver, managing director of Marston's Brewing Company, which owns Jennings, said brewing had ceased but there was sufficient beer in the system to supply pubs in the region. He hoped brewing could start again once the brewery had been cleared of water and debris and damage had been assessed.


Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

I remember reading the history of Harveys Brewery in Lewes. They had a flood and dirty river water got into the brewery well. The head brewer noted that they "would be brewing only dark beers for a few days."

This was many many years ago I hasten to add.

23 November 2009 at 17:46  
Blogger Roger Protz said...

There was a flood at Harvey's earlier this decade. They've left a mark on the brewery walls to show how high the waters rose.

24 November 2009 at 08:43  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Yes Roger I remember that one as "well". I used to buy my bottled beer from Harveys by the crate. I would return the empties and buy another crate. re use is far better than re cycling. It made my home beer drinking such good value. I would imaging its non return bottles now.

24 November 2009 at 14:55  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

I should add you should try Harveys if you can. Its proper beer with a traditional taste.

A trip to Lewes would be advised some good pubs and a super brewey shop. ( park for free in Tesco and walk into town along the river past the brewery)I have very good memories of the beer. Lewes is still a proper small town with lots of local shops, a castle, a brewery and a prison. What more could you want.

24 November 2009 at 15:00  
Blogger Ed said...

You would imagine wrong.

24 November 2009 at 20:38  
Blogger Barm said...

I was about to say that if there were one brewery left in the country still using returnable bottles, I'd imagine it would be Harvey's.

26 November 2009 at 21:06  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Reuse is better than recycle. So if they still are, well done to them

27 November 2009 at 22:52  

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