A new real ale, created for the Woolpack Inn, is now exclusively on sale at the pub at the foot of Hardknott Pass in the beautiful Eskdale valley.   Harter Gold is a cask conditioned lager, brewed for the Woolpack by renowned Cumbrian brewers Hesket Newmarket Brewery.

The Woolpack Inn team wanted to encourage more lager drinkers to try the fantastic range of real Cumbria ales they stock.  They were on a trip and tasting session at Hesket Newmarket Brewery, when the idea for producing Harter Gold was formed.  Harter Gold, which the Woolpack team also had the honour of naming after Eskdale Valley’s Harter Fell, is a cask conditioned real ale, brewed using traditional methods and lager hops.  The result is a pale ale, which is light, refreshing and fizz free.

Bar Manager at the Woolpack Inn, Tom Smith said:

“Harter Gold is selling really well and we’re definitely converting some established lager drinkers to the beauty of a real ale.  It’s proving to be a popular thirst pint – a great first pint for walkers who have just come in from a day on the Lake District fells.  It’s a beautiful, crisp pint with a bright taste and we’re really proud that it’s exclusively ours.”

The Woolpack Inn has also just been announced as a finalist for the Taste Cumbria Award in the competitive Cumbria Tourism Awards 2012.  Finalists have to demonstrate a commitment to using and promoting locally produced food and drink.

Several customers have acquired such a liking for Harter Gold that pub staff have even sourced takeaway casks so it can be enjoyed again at home.   Harter Gold will also be a popular choice at the annual Boot Beer Festival which takes place in June – a firm fixture in the Western Lake District’s beer lovers calendar.

Notes to Editors:
  1. The Woolpack Inn is situated at the top of the Eskdale Valley and the foot of Hardknott Pass.
  2. More information about the Woolpack Inn and the Boot Beer Festival can be found on www.woolpack.co.uk.
  3. Hesket Newmarket Brewery is in the beautiful village of Hesket Newmarket in the north of the Lake District National Park.  It was one of the first micro-breweries in Cumbria and has been in operation since 1988. It is now co-operatively owned.  The brewery produces a wide range of distinctive and full flavoured real ales, most of them named after well-loved fells in the Lake District National Park.