In the wake of the announcement of the closure of Jennings Brewery, a duo are hoping to bring a new era of brewing to Cockermouth, in Cumbria.
Phil Scholey and Alan Fitton-Crellin (pictured above) already have Crooked River Brewing Co up and running. Now they are crowdfunding to get new kit and set up a taproom.
Their mission is to:
- nurture a thriving craft beer scene in West Cumbria by opening a new brewery and brewery tap in Cockermouth;
- introduce a reputable brand of beer that Cockermouth can be recognised for;
- help keep Cockermouth on the map as a thriving town with a reputable brewery;
- stimulate trade and tourism with brewery tours, classes, talks and events;
- create community events, with regular monthly brewery tap days, local food, live music, market stalls and more.
In their Crowdfunder pitch, the duo say: “We recently launched our business at Taste Cumbria with an overwhelming sell-out and success. Our beers are sold exclusively to local businesses to help stimulate further trade and support, but we are already outgrowing our demand and cannot sustain the production volume for long without upscaling our business.
“Our intention is not to be the next Jennings-sized brewery, nor do we wish to replace what they have done for the town or move into their property.
“Instead, we hope to give the town a fresh start and a chance for continuation of its already established brewing history with a brewery for the community.”
• Find out more about the crowdfunding campaign and the rewards available here.