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Cheers! Make mine a double as brewery opens new bar

L-R: Tom McNally and Jocky Sanderson (both Keswick Mountain Rescue Team), Sue Jefferson (Keswick Brewery), Keswick mayor Cllr David Burn and Keswick mayoress Elaine Burn

A Cumbrian brewery is celebrating a double success after opening its new bar today (TUES OCT 15).

Keswick Brewing Company won four regional accolades at the Independent Beer Awards in Bolton, including a Gold for its cask KSB – Keswick Special Bitter.

And now all four award-winning beers are available to the public direct from Keswick Brewery where The Fox Tap has opened.

“It was perfect timing to come back with four awards and be able to proudly put them straight up on display in our lovely new bar,” said brewery owner Sue Jefferson, speaking at the official launch today.

Tom McNally (left) and Jocky Sanderson pull the first pint at The Fox Tap, watched by Keswick Brewery owner Sue Jefferson

Jocky Sanderson and Tom McNally, from Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, had the honour of pulling the first pint of a specially-brewed new beer called Fox Pale. “Sue has been a great supporter of the mountain rescue team and it is much appreciated as we need £65,000-£70,000 a year just to keep it going,” said Jocky.

The brewery’s other award-winning beers – Keswick Bitter and KSB (both silver for bottled) and Dark Horse (bronze for cask) are also now available at The Fox Tap. Their success came at the Society of Independent Brewers’ North West awards last Thursday.

The guests at the opening included the mayor of Keswick Cllr David Burn, who said: “We are hugely privileged to have our own award-winning brewery here in Keswick – and now The Fox Tap will become a great asset for the town.” The event was also attended by members of CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale – and the brewery’s customers who sell its beers at bars, pubs, hotels and restaurants across Cumbria.

The brewery has invested a substantial six-figure sum in opening The Fox Tap, which has doubled the size of its base in Brewery Lane. The brewery tap will serve a range of beers all brewed on site, as well as locally-produced spirits. It will be open to the public Tuesday to Saturday every week from noon-5pm.

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