Ulverston Brewing Company

The Old Auction Mart, Lightburn Road, Ulverston, LA12 0AU
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When Ulverston’s last remaining brewery, Hartley’s, closed in the late 1980s, Paul and Anita Swann saw an opportunity for a gap in the market. However, it was several years later that the couple’s dream became reality and the Ulverston Brewery created its first brew.

Today, the brewery’s beers can be found in pubs around Cumbria and the north west region, whilst visitors to Ulverston can pop in to the brewery’s bar that has an open plan view into the brewery.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01229 586 870 / Website
Seasonal Opening:
Private tours may be available on request.

About the Ulverston Brewing Company

Ulverston Brewing Company Outside

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Paul and Anita Swann originally started brewing beer in their garage following the closure of Hartley’s. They wanted to provide their friends with a real ale alternative to the mass-produced beers found in the pubs. Then in 2005 they finally took the plunge into turning what was a hobby into a business by opening up a small plant in Lindal. The names for their beers took inspiration from Ulverston’s most famous son, Stan Laurel, with beers such as “Another Fine Mess” and “Flying Elephant.”

As demand grew, the pair outgrew their Lindal premises but luckily for them in 1999 Cumbria Crystal vacated the Old Auction Mart in Ulverston and the brewery was quick to take over. Originally an indoor cattle market, today the premises creates beers that are drunk all over the north-west region and even in Wales.

Beer List

Ulverston Brewing Company Another Fine Mess Beer

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Beers produced by the Ulverston Brewing Company include:

  • Another Fine Mess – A pale full bodied beer
  • Lonesome Pine – A pale honey beer
  • Fra Diavola – A dark rich beer
  • Laughing Gravy – A light copper beer
  • Flying Elephant – A pale golden beer
  • Harvest Moon – A light golden beer

Visiting the Brewery

The brewery has an open plan set up where visitors can come into the shop / bar and see the entire factory in front of them. The bar serves up some of the brewery’s ales and there are bottles available to purchase. Private tours may be available on request. Opening times do vary as this is still very much a family run business so it’s certainly worth checking in advance of your visit.


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