Since re-introducing real ale in February 2002, The Kings Head has given customers the chance to taste over 400 different cask ales from around the British Isles. Now in the Good Beer Guide for the 6th consecutive year, local afficianados of cask beer at last have somewhere in Carlisle to meet their need for quality ale.
Local Cumbrian brewer, Yates, have supplied The Kings Head since April 2002. Based in Westnewton near Aspatria, and run by Graeme and Caroline Baxter, the brewery was housed in the outbuildings of a farm, but due to the popularity of their beers, and a lack of capacity, a new building has been erected to the rear of the original barn. The brew plant in this building has now also proved to be short of required capacity, and as of June 2010 has been replaced by much larger, purpose built kit, which only just fitted through the doors. I’ve inserted an image to prove this to be the case.
Apart from their standard bitter, The Kings Head has actually stocked every beer that Graeme has brewed since April 2002 including the one off ‘Temporarily Unavailable’ which was brewed especially for Bobby (Ken Hom on the gallery page) as the 1000th different beer he had drank. Most people think he’s a sad git for keeping count!
Other local breweries that have had beer available at The Kings Head include Barngates, Geltsdale, Hesket Newmarket, Bitter End, Hawkshead, Coniston, Corby and Cumbria Legendary Ales.
For a list of all the Real Ales we have stocked so far, click HERE. So far it’s over 500!!