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our micro brewery at the Watermill Inn

brewing great beers under the names of The Watermill & Windermere Brewery
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Our brewery is a 5 barrel micro brewery
situated at the award winning Lakeland real ale pub,
The Watermill Inn. We are located in the Village of Ings,
2 miles east of Lake Windermere in the Lake District.
We use only the finest ingredients in our beers. 
   - Quality without compromise! -
How it all began

The dream of having our own micro-brewery, started many years ago. 1986 to be exact. My Dad ( Alan) and I, were sat at the pub 1 mile down the road from ours (it used to be traditional to drink in another Landlords pub alot!) we were planning our iminment move back home to the Lake district from Cornwood in Devon. No matter what type of pub we ended up with it had to have or have space for a brewery...................

11th May 1987 we moved into Millholme Country Hotel - a nine bedroomed guest house.
(now called The Watermill)

Three years later we gained a full licence and on the 8th December 1990 the Watermill Inn was born. We always wanted to brew on-site but sewerage drainage had always been a problem.

We campaigned for many years for mains drains for Ings village to North West Water who then became United Utilities. But they as usual, found a get out clause, we had to invest in a sixty thousand pound treatment tank to keep the pub running and of course prepare for brewing.

The final piece of the eventual jigsaw was an other extention to house the kit which I bought over the web from Atlanta Georgia USA,  I packed it into a shipping container in Toccoa Georgia and then unloaded it in November 2005 outside the pub with a lot of help.

A massive thanks to all who push pulled and got extremely wet all day.

Originally it was housed in a Hops Bar & Grill Brew Pub in Daytona Florida.

The rest as they say is history...........................

Please enjoy the photos, pump clips and tasting notes.

Collie Wobbles 3.7%

A pale gold bitter with a slight citrus taste. A good hop and malt balance gives way to a thirst quenching dry finish
A Bit'er Ruff 4.1%

A classic full-bodied golden brown best bitter, with intense hoppy bitterness in the mouth for a balanced dry finish.

Near black in colour, very light bodied mild with its flavour dominated by malt and a bitter sweet finish.
Winters Tail 4.3%
A warming ruby bitter, smooth in the mouth with a subtle hint of ginger and orange, well balanced with a hint chocolate malt, perfect for a winters night.
Dogth Vader 5.0%
“Come over to the dark side” a well-balanced stout beer with fruit, malty flavour and a dry bitter aftertaste finish. a dark, powerful may the force be with you!
Golden Retiever 4.3%
Brewed as the
Westmorland Festival Beer
CAMRA beer festival 2012
Everyone thinks its great so we will keep
brewing it
Isle of Dogs 4.5%

A golden bitter with a fresh malty aroma and a distinctive citrus fruity flavour with an intense dry after taste.
Wruff Night
A finely balanced pale bitter, with   a delicate fusion of citrus hops.  A clean dry and refreshingly smooth after taste.
Ruff Justice

An oatmeal Stout which has a hint of sweetness leading to a velvetytexture, with enhanced body and mouthfeel.

A deceptively easy drinking powerful ale
With sweetness and fruit on the tounge.
(also known as Little Dog!)

Blonde in appearance but with pure gold, maybediamonds aren't a girls best friend.
Ruby, Ruby
Ruby, Ruby
A ruby coloured bitterwith a clean malt aroma and an extrabite of hops
Orrest Head
A golden pale ale with a gentle citrus aroma and snappy bitterness
Belle Isle Bitter
Fine malts and fruity citrus hops with a lingering dryness
Wordsworth Golden
Light, bright, with a floral hop aroma and lingering bitterness
Toccoa, Georgia USA
Our container arrives
Loading the shipping container
in 90 degrees heat
Oops! the brew kit is to tall
for the new brewery building
But its worth the effort for great beer
Toccoa, South Carolina, Sea, Felixstowe
Leeds and finally Ings in 5 degrees gale!
Our container arrives at the Watermill
Ings village comes
to a standstill
One small step
for mankind
One small slip for disaster
Brew No 1
4th July 2006
Collie Wobbles 3.7%
Brewery vessels converted
to suit UK brewing style
Best Beer 2012 Overall Gold
The North of UK
Society of Independant
Brewers Association

Also 3rd best Premium Bitter in Uk 2013
Malcolm Ireland from Napthens LLP presents Gold Overall Champion of the Competition to Watermill Inn & Brewery for Isle of Dogs 4.5% — at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.
Chris Garrett from Warminster Maltings Ltd presents Gold Premium Bitters to Watermill Inn & Brewery for Isle of Dogs 4.5% — at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.
Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrisey presents  our award for 3rd Best Premium Bitter in the UK for our Isle of Dogs 2013 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield
Watermill Brewery bottles
are available individually
or in our eye catching gift pack
Please ask at the bar
Meet Collie Wobbles our Brewery mascot
Plans are passed for our new brewery at the Watermill and 8 additional guest bedrooms.
We just need the road bridge in across the river.
Real Ale + Real Food + Real Atmosphere = Real Pub
Our Collie Wobbles Ale
Wins GOLD at the Cumbria Micro Brewery Challenge 2013
12 beers of the Watermill
Latest Brewery News

Our Windermere Lager 4.2% brewed here has won a
Bronze medal at the SIBA BEER-X UK awards 2014

Great success for the Brewery at SIBA North West Finals Oct 2014
Gold - Bottled Wruff Night
Gold - Cask Blackbeard
Bronze - Cask Shih Tzu Faced
Bronze - Cask Wruff Night
& Wruff Night was Overall Champion Bottled beer of the Competition
winning us yet another Gold

Latest news - SIBA North West Finals Oct 2015
Silver - Cask Shih Tzu Faced
Bronze - Bottled Wruff Night

Our cask Shih Tzu Faced Wins Gold Medal at
Manchester Winter Beer Festival January 2016

We also brew these beers under our other label of Windermere Brewery
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