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7th November 2023

Coffee but not as you’d expect…

Expert coffee roasters John Farrer & Co, based in Kendal, in the Lake District, have joined forces with multi-award-winning Beartown Brewery, Congleton, Cheshire to craft a beer with a twist…

Keen to experiment with different flavours head brewer Graham Nelson approached the team at the UK’s oldest coffee roaster, John Farrer & Co, to see if they would be happy to work with Beartown Brewery to create something just a little bit different.

Working with quality ingredients the two businesses came together to craft a beer designed to perfectly marry the rich, aromatic flavours of expertly roasted espresso coffee beans with the depth and complexity of a finely crafted stout and in doing so Lakeland Nightfall Coffee Stout was born.

With a name inspired by old poetic descriptions of the coming of darkness, Lakeland Nightfall fuses over 200 years of Farrer’s coffee roasting expertise with decades of brewing know -how from Beartown Brewery.

Every drop of this 4.9% ABV beer delivers a rich and complex full-bodied stout, brim full of robust coffee flavours, hints of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits including raisins and plums, all nicely rounded off with a touch of vanilla and a subtle smokiness which adds real depth of flavour.

Joseph Manning, Beartown Brewery’s Managing Director, said: ‘’Coffee is the perfect ingredient to add to a stout. It stands out and doesn’t get lost in the beer, especially if you take your time to choose the right coffee. There’s no doubt that coffee provides beer makers with some really interesting opportunities, especially if they want to craft some really interesting upfront beers for their customers. I wanted to do something different. I’d done my homework and felt that Farrer’s Classic Espresso might work well to infuse our stout with. So between us we thought let’s give it ago and get a warming beer ready for winter and Lakeland Nightfall was born.’’

Rob Baines, John Farrer & Co’s General Manager, said: ‘’I was massively invested when Beartown Brewery approached us to see if we could work together, especially as we would be combining our expert coffee knowledge with their considerable skill at crafting award-winning beers. As soon as they mentioned that they were looking to use our Classic Espresso I was on the same page. When you taste Lakeland Nightfall you quickly realise that this beautifully balanced beer showcases the depth and complexity of our hand roasted coffee, which combines perfectly with Beartown’s artisan crafted stout – just the thing for sipping and savouring on a chilly winter’s evening.’’

To place an order or to make enquiries about stocking Lakeland Nightfall Coffee Stout please visit:

Editors Notes:

Trade Prices:

Lakeland Nightfall 4.9% ABV  – 12 x 500ml Bottle Pack: £21.45

Lakeland Nightfall 4.9% ABV  – 30 litre Keg: £114.95

Lakeland Nightfall 4.9% ABV  – 9-gallon Cask: £114.95

Retail Prices:

Lakeland Nightfall 4.9% ABV  – 12 x 500ml Bottle Pack £38.00

1/ About John Farrer & Co:

The original business was established at 13 Stricklandgate, Kendal, in the heart of the ancient market town, in 1819; the year of Queen Victoria’s birth, by Liverpool based Tea Merchant, John Farrer.

John specialised in the wholesaling of coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar and spices throughout Westmorland, until 1886, when he retired transferring the business over to his sons, Joseph and Edward who continued his work.

The business moved to its present location in 1989, and in recent years the site has seen the creation of a modern commercial artisan roastery, which continues to maintain its impressive reputation for crafting high quality multi-award-winning artisan teas and coffees.

In recent months there has been a programme at the Shap Road site, which has seen the enhancement of the production, packaging and distribution facilities and the creation a state-of-the-art training suite, which is already widely acclaimed as one of the best of its kind in the UK.

For further information about John Farrer & Co, Kendal, please visit:

2/ About Beartown Brewery:

In 1632 an extraordinary thing happened; Congleton sold its bible to buy a Bear. From that day on Congleton was gifted a new name… Beartown.

Beartown Brewery, born in 1994, blossomed in a world of cask beer, the pinnacle of craft brewing, but the Brewery didn’t stand still, evolving over the years with the market, adding bottles, cans and kegs to their range.

Regardless of beer style or vessel, quality craftsmanship and flavour sits at the heart of every beer Beartown creates. Passion, skill and innovation are central to the way the team operates, which when backed up with decades of experience allows them to grow and adapt and meet changing demands, opening the door to new beer styles, and flavours, the cornerstone of this award-winning Brewery.

For further information about the Beartown Brewery, Congleton, please visit:

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