Cumbria brewery reopens to visitors after December floods

A Cumbria brewery based in the riverside town of Cockermouth has reopened its doors to visitors after being devastated by the December floods of 2015.

Jennings Brewery was under several feet of water in many places after floods swept through villages, towns and cities in the north of England. Fortunately, the owners managed to get the brewery side of the business back up and running within a few weeks, but it took several months to reopen the shop, offices and tours to the public.

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The riverside brewery in Cockermouth has been making beer on the same site since as far back as 1828, but it was severely damaged by the floods late last year. It had previously experienced flood damage in 2009, after which the owners decided to move some of the equipment upstairs.

Jeremy Pettman, the head brewer at Jennings Brewery, spoke to the News and Star about the most recent flooding: “It looked like everything had gone through a washing machine. It was a complete mess and quite soul destroying to see all the work that had gone into the run up to Christmas in ruins. Santa’s grotto and all the decorations were wrecked.

“It looked like a tsunami had gone through the downstairs offices. All the computer equipment and files were scattered everywhere. Cleaning up all the silt was a long process. It was everywhere and seemed a lot thicker and stickier than the last time.”