Brewers chosen to make Pennine Way beer

16th May 2017

Three Pennine-based breweries have been selected to produce and sell official Pennine Way beers. The three beers will be launched this summer along the trail and in surrounding areas from Manchester and Sheffield up 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.

The successful breweries are as follows:

The Nook Brewhouse, Holmfirth (

Sheila Sutton from the Nook Brewhouse says: “Our location and the provenance of our products is something we hold at the core of our business. We are based in Holmfirth in the heart of the southern Pennines and we brand our beers as ‘ales with Yorkshire character’.

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.”


Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery (

Stuart Taylor from Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery said: “Being keen outdoor brewers and regular walkers and mountain bikers we are eager 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!”


Hadrian & Border Brewery, Tyneside (

Andy Burrows from Hadrian and Border Brewery said: “The Pennines is, essentially, our delivery area. We straddle the top third of the Pennine Way and currently supply the Border Hotel, 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.”


The 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, explains 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!”


Brewing is underway right now, and the three complementary real ales are due to be available soon. Initially they 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!


Stockists will be listed online at when we know 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.

A gift pack containing a bottle of each beer is available from Northumbrian Gifts.

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Sheila Sutton from the Nook Brewhouse - The Nook Brewhouse
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