Our Story

About Ennerdale Brewery

It all began in the summer of 2010 in Croasdale, Cumbria, when Ennerdale Brewery was established by two like-minded individuals, with the assistance of a local brewer. Our original beers were crafted under the guidance of the late and esteemed Peter Laws of Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth. Within four years, we had outgrown our initial brewing location; the demand had surpassed our capacity in a humble barn in a hamlet, necessitating the urgent acquisition of larger brewing facilities. The premises we now occupied had previously been designed for manufacturing wooden fence panels, demanding a complete redesign to transform it into a functional home for our craft brewery and bistro. Fortunately, as a fully functional family-run business, we all pitched in, aided by the support of our friends.

The beer brewing industry is highly energy-intensive, compelling us to seek a sustainable energy source that would reduce our carbon footprint. With assistance from CLEP Cumbria, we installed 176 solar panels on the brewery’s roof, generating 65KW per hour, delivering over 400KW/h on a sunny day, and slashing our carbon footprint by an impressive 75%. We take pride in being one of the very few breweries in Cumbria to operate entirely on solar panel power. Recognising the shift towards electric vehicles, we also have plans to install a 4-berth electric vehicle charging station in our car park for the convenience of our visitors.

Fast forward seven years, Ennerdale Brewery has weathered floods, material shortages, and a global pandemic, yet we have continued to nurture our success. We have earned SIBA awards for our beers, achieved SALSA accreditation, and garnered an impressive 5-star rating for The Brewery Tap, a splendid bistro offering local homemade food and beers directly from the brewery. Our success can be attributed to hard work, camaraderie among all involved, dedicated and diligent employees, and, of course, our tight-knit family.

Brewing Beer

Our beers begin with only four ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast.

It is of utmost importance to us that our beers are brewed using ingredients that are as fresh and natural as possible:

We exclusively employ the finest malts, which are freshly kiln-dried and milled especially for us.

Our flavourful hops are whole-leaf, dried hops, and our yeast is cultivated from one of the longest-established English Ale Yeasts. Moreover, we harvest yeast from each fermentation to utilise in the subsequent brew, ensuring the preservation of those distinctive flavours.

Our beers undergo a week of fermentation, followed by a careful transfer to racking and conditioning vessels for up to six days, depending on the recipe. It’s pure natural goodness!

You have the option to enjoy our brewery tours at our modest craft brewery in Rowrah, pay us a visit at The Brewery Tap for a delicious meal and a taste of something directly from the brewery, or place an online order to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

meet The Team

Our Directors


Paul joined the brewery in 2012 alongside Emily and Jodi and has been involved in all areas of the business, from brewing beer to designing logos and anything IT or engineering related. His passion for real ale started when he brewed his first homebrew in his mams shed! He’s designed and brewed a number of beers himself since them and thankfully standards have dramatically improved. Favourite Ennerdale Ale – Marathon Man IPA


Emily joined her dad Barrie in the family business along with Paul and Jodi in 2012 and has remained more of a silent Director behind the scenes, stepping in when needed on the sales calls, assisting in the kitchen or behind the bar. Emily managed the refurb of the Brewery Tap during 2020 and assists in the recruitment of key members of the Brewery Team. Emily is mum to Sofia and when not working full time at Sellafield is usually attending horse events with keen horse rider Sofia, enjoying breaks with her friends and family or up a fell with her dog Coco.


Jodi joined the family business along with Paul and Emily in 2012. Where she worked as part of the Brewery team in the Accounts department for 10 years while the business was developing, once established Jodi passed the reins over to Andrea who is doing a fantastic job. Jodi steps in when needed, assisting in the kitchen or behind the bar to help ease the pressure on the brewery tap staff. Jodi is mum to Lewis and Elliott and when not working full time at Sellafield is running around after the boys, enjoying walks with her husband and two dogs or redecorating their house!


Barrie is the founder member of The Ennerdale Brewery which was formed in 2010 at a tiny Hamlet in Ennerdale, Cumbria. Barrie managed the relocation of the Brewery to new premises in Rowrah in 2016 which would be a more permanent home for the Brewery. Barrie took early retirement in 2020 from 40+ years in the Oil and Gas/Nuclear Industry to spend more time in the Business. Barrie is a mega Rugby Union fan, once travelling to Australia for 4 nights to watch his beloved Lions win the Rugby World Cup against their arch rivals! Barrie enjoys spending time with wife Doreen at their caravan in Staithes. When not at the caravan, you’ll catch Barrie on his laptop doing all things “business”, installing solar panels, fixing the brewing equipment or quaffing one of his favourite ales ‘Blonde’ in the Brewery Tap.

Brewery Team


Russell is our sales manager. He started at The Ennerdale Brewery in 2017 after previously working in and managing several successful bars. He knows what beer drinkers want and he is always on the road visiting our loyal customers, as well as potential clients, to give out samples and get feedback. Russ was the driving force behind our ales getting on the shelves in Morrisons and Booths. Favourite Ennerdale Ale: Seven Bridges.


Steve moved to Cumbria from Nottingham in 1999 and started working at The Brewery in summer 2016. He drives the van all around Cumbria and Lancashire on Wednesdays and Thursdays delivering our beer to our lovely customers. He is a friendly and familiar face for The Brewery and he will chat to you for as long as you let him!

Favourite Ennerdale Ale: Darkest Bitter

Tim Hughes

Head Brewer
Tim came to the Brewery in 2023 and has made quite an impact! Tim is a keen brewer and has been doing so for 13 years. In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, paddle boarding on the local lakes, climbing and swimming. Favourite Ennerdale Beer: Coastline


Sales & Matketing Assistant
Deborah is our Sales & Marketing Assistant and has been with us now for over two years. With over 15 years’ experience in sales, Deborah will be happy to help and advise you on any of our beers; an area in which Deborah excels in. Deborah has over 10 years’ experience with mobile phones so is our usual go to person with anything digital/technical. Deborah has spent many months in 2023 managing the rebrand and getting our new website up and running and is super proud of it. Well done Deborah! Favourite Ennerdale Ale: Seven Bridges


Office Admin Manager
Andrea is our Accounts Manager and has been with the Brewery for 2 years. Andrea came to the brewery with over 30 years of experience in accounts and administration and is a valued member of our team. Andrea has gained many strengths and skills throughout her career which are implemented in the smooth, efficient and precise management of everything accounting which is something she takes great pride in. Andrea provides a friendly and helpful service to all of our customers. Any queries – ask Andrea!

The Brewery Tap & Bistro Team


Doreen retired at the NHS in 2016 to take on a (more than) full time role at the Brewery to ensure the Tap/Restaurant was opened up and up to standard. Doreen decorated, sourced furniture, and kitted out a full commercial kitchen ready for opening in the summer of 2016, along with that she was the main cook in the kitchen for years until the refurb in 2020. Its thanks to Doreen’s efforts over the last 7 years that the Brewery Tap is what it is now and we can’t express enough gratitude for the blood, sweat and tears (literally) that she has put into the place. A keen baker, Doreen put the first ever menu together with her pies being a well-loved favourite at the Brewery. Doreen has removed her apron and oven gloves and has taken more of a back seat of late, overseeing the Brewery Tap, ensuring everything behind the scenes runs like clockwork. The spare time has seen Doreen travel more and given that extra time to spend with her family and friends.




Gemma joined us in 2021 and since then the Brewery Tap has gone from strength to strength. She came to us from the Kirkstile Inn where she worked for over 17 years. She's lived in Arlecdon, which is only a stone's throw away from the brewery, all her life and loves the fact that she can supply her community with locally sourced good quality food. Favourite beer - Seven Bridges
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