Dent Brewery, Cumbria, U.K
Dent Brewery is set in the some of the most stunning countryside the United Kingdom has to offer. The Yorkshire Dales National Park, which at this Western edge is actually part of Cumbria, covers almost 700 square miles and is mostly contained within North Yorkshire.
To the beer then and Dent Brewery is an iconic name in this part of the world and the village itself is popular destination for tourists, hikers, cyclists and the like. Dent Brewery has not been around long in comparison with other micro-breweries. It was started in 1990 by Martin Stafford as a way of supplying the local Sun Inn with real ale. Ownership and brewing management changed hands in the mid-2000s and the operation is currently run by Paul and Judith Beeley but methods and techniques have remained largely the same.
The brewery purchased the George and Dragon Inn in Dent in 2006 as a natural progression of the business and this now acts as a type of brewpub. It serves not only Dent Brewery beers but also a guest selection of other quality real ales and is a magnet for visiting beer drinkers.
So to the beers then and a brief word about one or two. The cask ales are what this brewery is best known for. Because of the nature of the land and the historic work done on the countryside, many of the beers have sheep related names – Golden Fleece, Rambrau, Ramsbottom – but the most well known does not, and that is Aviator.
Aviator is often on sale a long, long way from Dent in the most unlikely places and its popularity is justifiable. It’s a moderate 4% ABV and the brewery describes it as an:
“….amber coloured ale with strong hints of citrus and a hoppy full flavour [which] develops into an enjoyable bitter finish.”
Another big seller and a personal favourite is the 5% ABV Kamikaze which the brewery describes as a:
“…..full-bodied, gold-coloured, strong bitter with a pleasant dryness and a hint of citrus and honey in the finish, leading to a bitter after taste.”
Dent Brewery also produces a range of bottled beers and and special ales, as well as line of clothing with the Dent logo. If you’re in the area pay them a visit, the countryside and the beer won’t disappoint.