Beers & Sponsors

For all those Keswick Beer Festival fans who’d like to know one of our BIG SECRETS….

How do we go about choosing our Beers and Ciders??

The man who has this incredibly enviable task is Nigel our Chairman who not surprisingly keeps this job ALL to himself and he takes all year tasting and deciding.

So when Nigel eventually decided to interrupt his busy beer tasting schedule and give us an interview he (reluctantly) shared the following TOP SECRETS.

For beers I try create a balance of 2/3 of beers from local Cumbrian Beers and the other 1/3 from anywhere in the UK, so as to give some our our Cumbrians regulars who don’t get out much (like me) a chance to see what else is going on in the big wide world! There will always be a place for our most popular KBF favourite Cumbrian Ales such as Coniston Bluebird and Loweswater Gold (amongst others) and I also try and choose as many new local beers as possible.

Cider choices are far more difficult, I basically try and get any new ciders on the market to Keswick Beer Festival.

Of course I rigorously taste ALL the beers AND ciders and no you can’t see my tasting notes!

Thanks Nigel! Tough job but someone has to do it!


Thanks to all our sponsors for 2017

Click HERE to download a list of the Keswick Beer Festival 2017 Beers and Sponsors or see below for the complete list in a table.

The most up-to-date list of beers and their sponsors for this year.

BreweryBeerCustomerSponsor NameWebsite
Keswick BreweryKeswick GoldMrs R ArmstrongRuth & Jeff Armstrong
Keswick BitterSteven BallDave's 50thN/A
Thirst BlossomSimon McManusThe McManni
Thirst QuencherAlan TaylorThe Dream Team
Keswick 21stAlan TaylorThe Dream Team
KSBAlan TaylorThe Dream Team
Appleby BrewerySenior MomentAlan TaylorThe Dream Team
Vanya YamDave ScorgieScorgie Clan
Midlife CrisisChris O'ConnorChris & Nic
BarngatesCat NapEd Smith.
CrackerLesley WhiteheadGRAHAM WHITEHEAD IS 50
Brathay GoldAndrew.wustemanandrew.wusteman
Tag LagLaura SandersonDobson
Red Bull TerrierMatt HighamWorldwide Financial PlanningWebsite
BeckstonesLeatAlex HayTurkish Blonde
Black Dog FreddySimon FoxhallBlue Flame (Cornwall) LtdWebsite
Beer O'clockChris JonesChris Jones GyroplanesWebsite
Rev RobJackie FisherHere Come the Girls
Bowness BayAmazon AmberKevin ApplebyAppleby Locksmiths
Swan BlondeDavid JohnsNeil Johns and Sons
Swan BlackRitchard GrantHappy 40th Adam Grimwood
Tern IPAAlastair HerdAJay Herd PhotographyWebsite
BrewshineBillondeMike BickerstaffePrivate Sponsor
Billy Goat AlePhil MulhattonPaddock Plodders
CarlisleBest BitterPhil MulhattonPaddock Plodders
CitadelPhil MulhattonPaddock Plodders
Spun GoldJustin LawrenceCTS
Magic NumberJane YoungerThe Tree on the HillWebsite
ChadwicksMiller BridgeHannah CundallDavid AllenWebsite
KapellanMark RawcliffePMR Roofing Ltd
Castle PaleMark RawcliffePMR Roofing Ltd
ConistonBluebirdBrian dodds and Jeff HutchinsonN/a
AsraiLindsey BerryLakeSide House Trading LtdWebsite
Bluebird XBJanet EtherdenHarris EtherdenWebsite
Old ManDeborah HirstDodd & Co LimitedWebsite
CumberlandCorby Ale TamThe Necessary AngelWebsite
Lakeland SummitTimothy OrwinFive Holiday Apartments
Corby BlondeDavid W G WhippsHolmes & HillsWebsite
Corby FoxChris ShanleyStockport Outdoor Walking Group
Cumbrian Legendary AlesEsthwaite BitterJanet EtherdenDave EtherdenWebsite
LangdaleVal WarrenIggesund Paperboard (Workington) LtdWebsite
Loweswater GoldSusan PlantEden Green Guest HouseWebsite
DentFell RangerJohn RobinsonInspired by the Seainspiredbythesea@me.com
AviatorAndy HumphersonNot a business related sponsorship
Baas and StripesJohn BoltTennessee Valley HomebrewersWebsite
RamsbottomScott nicholsonBrimstone boffins
KamikazeScott nicholsonBrimstone boffins
DerwentCarlisle State BitterCraig ArmstrongArmstrong's Removals.Website
Derwent BlondeDavid TallScawroad Solutions
Hudson BayAndrew DubieniecDubieniec Digital Imagination
Tommy LegsStanley AtkinsonAtkinson Joinery Ltd
EdenFuggleJohn HarbisherHome Brew Online LtdWebsite
Best  Graeme BaldockScooby Gang
PaleDavid PatonDidsbury Old Boys
EnnerdaleBlondeDaniel RossMeYouEveryoneWebsite
EPALee PostlethwaitePosselectrical Ltd
WildRob CookMatt & Rob Win
JugglersMark SwiderBar eSWebsite
FellGhyllAmy Lea BritcherAmy & Pals 2017
Mosaic OPAAmy Lea BritcherAmy & Pals 2017
Robust PorterAmy Lea BritcherAmy & Pals 2017
Tinderbox IPAAmy Lea BritcherAmy & Pals 2017
GreenoddCitraAmy Lea BritcherAmy & Pals 2017
Slow WormMatther LardnerDickinsons SolicitorsWebsite
HardknottLux BorealisKaren MullarkeyKeswick Tourism AssociationWebsite
Rheged FjallAlice sheppardAlice SheppardWebsite
Brownian Motion Kevin ChalmersSouthend & Biggar Motorcycle Club
AzimuthKelvyn SheppardJenkin Hill InternetWebsite
HawksheadItiMark LargMP Construction & Son LTD
Red  Brian LockettWhinlatter BikesWebsite
Brodies PrimeJorrit jorritsmaMillicanWebsite
Cumbrian 5 HopJorrit jorritsmaMillicanWebsite
Helm BarVorpal BladeAnnette HoweThe Lake District FloristWebsite
Hesket NewmarketSkiddaw SpecialKate OultramThe WainwrightWebsite
Black SailMatt BrannanFirebomb MediaWebsite
Peak BaggerNicholas GillhamIndividual
Brim FellPaul BowenGB SystemsWebsite
Independent LakelandEntente CordialeLance AlexanderLittlefield GuesthouseWebsite
GoldwingGary QuigleyThe LoftWebsite
CastleriggAlan DuffDraper Fire & SecurityWebsite
Dark NightLouise WinterOglethorpe & BroatchWebsite
KendalMountain MedicineSimon HodgsonIsaac & Robin Hodgson Ltd
Kendal BlondeAngus WightmanKing's church KeswickWebsite
Kendal GoldJason NewmanNewman Electrical Services
Kirkby LonsdaleTiffin GoldJulie robsonPrivate group
StanleysJulie robsonPrivate group
RuskinsAndrew BezuszkoKeswick Post OfficeWebsite
SingletrackGeraldine EasthamUK Carline LimitedWebsite
RadicalAllyson Hirdscales farm
MonumentalAllyson Hirdscales farm
StringersPlan BDavid SeymourThe Lingholm KitchenWebsite
The NorthDavid SeymourThe Lingholm KitchenWebsite
Turbine PorterBrian RoperBrian Roper Ltd
TirrilUllswater BlondeDiane Shielddiane shield
Kirkstone GoldMike SheehanHesket Newmarket BreweryWebsite
Borrowdale BitterMartha WinnBaines Wilson LLPWebsite
WindermereIPADoug HaylerHigh Hill Automotive LimitedWebsite
Tractor ShedMowdy Pale AleSteve ClarkThe Kingfisher
Clocker StoutMike AtkinsonLow Briery Holiday ParkWebsite
UlverstonLaughing GravyCarl MaloneyThe Oddfellows ArmsWebsite
Lonesome PineChris EdwardsAcorn HouseWebsite
Fra DiavoloGraham WilsonWilson's Plant & Haulage
WatermillCollie WobblesMike FellMike Fell Building Contractor Ltd
A Bit'er RuffDavid Robinson
Isle of DogsMr D RobinsonDavies TaxisWebsite
W'ruff NightAngelaKeswick Holiday HomesWebsite
WestmorlandCopper YanDavid JacksonCastlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping ParkWebsite
Wild BoarBlonde BoarZoe GreenF&W Green Funeral DirectorsWebsite
Mad PigSarah HogarthGreta Motor Body Works LtdWebsite
Winster ValleyChaserAngela ClarkeThe ChaletWebsite
YatesBitterPeter HarperPodgy PawsWebsite
Golden AleLeah RobinsoneS Bar, KeswickWebsite
Sun GoddessLinda lambBurns Farm Campsite and Caravan ParkWebsite
Bank Top BreweryLions Double GoldDebbie BurrowsLake Road InnWebsite
Port O'CallEddie BurrowsLake Road InnWebsite
Blue Bee, SheffieldHillfoot BestNeels FerreiraSkiddaw HotelWebsite
Reet PaleLisa Youngn/a
Blue Monkey, NottinghamB G SipsAlbert Ludlowkeswick park hotelWebsite
InfinityBridget PartingtonLakeland LeatherWebsite
Camerons, TeesideRoots FriutsChris GreenhowHowdens JoineryWebsite
A-Hop-Alypse NowNorman TonkinFloorchoice Ltd
Motorhead Road CrewPaul JannBay Area Mashtronauts Homebrew Club
Dancing Duck, DerbyGinger NinjaPatrick GavinNumber 10 Bed & Breakfast
DCUKSarah FlynnSarah Flynn at Maysons
Fuzzy Duck, Poulton le FyldeGolden CascadeIan & Karen FinnCrow Park HotelWebsite
Cunning StuntHugh PriceTynemouth Lodge HotelWebsite
Fyne Ales, ArgyllMaverickEmily StilesKE Adventure TravelWebsite
HighlanderStuart TaylorKirkby Lonsdale BreweryWebsite
Great Newsome, HullSleck DustStephen HughesS HUGHES (KESWICK) LTD - STEPHEN HUGHES JOINER
Ploughman's PrideKat HaleKat's KitchenWebsite
Frothingham BestKen TaylorCrosthwaite Garage
Hanlons, ExeterYellow HammerJohn DaviesNj Davies and sons building contractor
StormstayGraeme MitchellTractor Shed BrewingWebsite
The Hop Studio, YorkGoldJane Grave/David BranthwaiteThe Keswick ReminderWebsite
Extra Special AleJane Grave/David BranthwaiteMcKanes PrintersWebsite
Joules, Market DarytonPale AleChristine BarrassPheasant Inn
Slumbering MonkRoss McDonaldLakeland PCWebsite
Mallinsons, HuddersfieldBrambling CrossSean OrourkeKeswick ExtremeWebsite
MosaicJonathan CraghillTemple SportsWebsite
Milestone, NewarkLions PrideTim FosterFSC Blencathra CentreWebsite
CrusaderWayne CartmellW Cartmell LtdWebsite
Mordue, North ShieldsNorthumberland BlondeToni BruceBar MetroWebsite
Workie TicketGarry PriceKings Arms HotelWebsite
Northern Monk, LeedsEternalNigel HaleNo businessWebsite
HelvellynDavid GreenwellShortridge LtdWebsite
Partners, W YorksBlondeJohn YoungJohn Young FurnishingsWebsite
American Craft AleGraham StephensonCN Newsprint (Cumbrian Newspapers Ltd)Website
Phoenix, ManchesterNavvyDavid ThomasLakeland Rowing ClubWebsite
West Coast IPAJoseph DunnJoseph Dunn Building Contractors Ltd
Ran Ales, Stoke on TrentRanniversaryKevin PepperKeswick Windows
Coppa FlyerShawn Cooper
Salopian, ShrewsburyDarwin's OriginalDouglas HodgsonKeswick LaunchWebsite
Golden ThreadKatie KiplingLakes & Dales Co-operativeWebsite
Seven Bro7hers, SalfordSession Lee PostlethwaitePosselectrical Ltd
IPATrevor KeoughMomentum World CICWebsite
Sonnet 43, DurhamSeraphim
Aurora Pale
St Andrews, FifeCrail Ale
80 Bob
St Austell, CornwallTrelawny
Southport, LancsHSD
Golden Sands
Natterjack
Southwark, LondonLondon Pale Ale
Southwark Gold
Tiny Rebel, South WalesCwtch
Juicy
Tyne Bank, NewcastleMonument
Silver Dollar
Weal Ales, StaffsSqweal
Wealy Hopper
Worsthorne, BurnleyHop on the Mayflower
Old Trout
York, YorkOtherside IPA
Centurions Ghost
Aspalls, SuffolkWaddlegoose
Temple Moon
Broadoak, SomersetPerry
Duddas Tun, KentCherry
Original
Gwynt y Ddraig, S WalesHappy Daze 
Black Dragon
Kentish Pip, KentCraftsman
Vintage Pip
Lilleys, SomersetLemon and Lime
Mango
Pear and Raspberry
Strawberry
Newton Court, HerefordGasping Goose
Once upon a Tree, HerefordThrown Hat
Original Cider, SomersetBristol Portway
Perry
Ross on Wye, HerefordMedium
Seacider, SussexMedium Sussex
Medium Dry
Sheppys, SomersetBlackberry & Elderflower
Raspberry
Snails Bank, HerefordElderflower and G&T
Pineapple & Pink Grapefruit
Rhubarb
Tumbledown Medium
Thistly Cross, ScotlandWhisky Cask
Twisted, DorsetMisty
Wild Orchard
Worleys,SomersetRed Hen
Thatchers, SomersetGold
Tractor ShedJinny Howelt Helles
Whistling Pig Pilsner
Heifer Hefe Weissbeer

Thanks to all our sponsors for last year – 2016

Click HERE to download a list of the Keswick Beer Festival 2016 Beers and Sponsors or see below for the complete list in a table.