Lancaster Brewery Co

The large steel structures are malt silos.

The large steel structures are malt silos.

Lancaster Brewery Company Limited
Lancaster Leisure Park
Wyresdale Road
Lancaster
LA1 3LA

Lancaster Brewery is a subsidiary of C2 Investments, a small pubco. They have four pubs: the Duke of Edinburgh (Barrow-in-Furness), the Mill (Ulverston), the Palatine (Morecambe) and the Sun (Lancaster). The brewer is Will Pammenter.

Their beers are on permanently in their tied houses; more often than not in the three local Wetherspoons pubs and the White Cross and Borough (Lancaster); and occasionally in the few true free houses around here.

The current beer range is:

  • Amber ABV 3.7%.
  • Black ABV 4.6%. Based on Dark Side of the Lune.
  • Blonde ABV 4.1%. The same as before.
  • Red ABV 4.9%. Re-named Flaming Nora.
  • Slate ABV 4.2%. Apparently a blend of Amber and Black. Made on request.
  • Dark ABV 3.5%. Has not actually appeared yet: a mild.
  • Redder ABV 5.9%. Brewed for Christmas.

News

09 September: Lancaster Brewery has decided to reduce the ABV by 0.1% on all 4 main beers and reduce production to 7,000 hectoitres. This level of production will cover bottling requirements and all orders which come through the door. With no discounted beer to wholesalers or contract brewing and a reduced duty to pay the brewery is making more profit and can concentrate on quality.

C2i got going in 2002, taking a lease on the Water Witch (Lancaster). In 2003, the Sun was acquired: the following year, Sante (Lancaster) — now Bar Eleven — joined the fold, but this only lasted a year. The lease on the Water Witch was sold to Mitchells in 2006. The Duke of Edinburgh (Barrow-in-Furness) opened as a C2i hotel in 2007, the Palatine (Morecambe) in 2008 and the Mill (Ulverston) in 2009.

Lancaster started brewing in July 2005 with a 12 barrel brewplant previously at Otter Brewery. Most micro-breweries are begun by brewers going into business, but this one was started by three businessmen going into brewing: Mike Smith of the wholesalers MWS, who provided the premises, Keith Bott of Titanic Brewery who provided the expertise and Matt Jackson of C2i, who provided outlets. In late 2007, C2i took complete control and the beer range and brewery were re-vamped. Beers and business improved.

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