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Rock Warriors

Boot Beer Festival is fast approaching, the band is booked for the Thursday night, come and rock out with Rock Warriors from 9pm, Curry served from 6pm, Bar open at 9am

We have a couple of rooms still available for Thursday night.

No voting, no politics, just beer!

Ok so we cant avoid knowing when the general election is, as they have hijacked the start of our festival!

So get your voting done early and get to Boot for 4 days of fantastic beer, live music and great food.

Same format as usual with curry and the Roosters kicking things off at Brook House Inn on Thursday evening, but dont forget that at least 30 beers will be available from lunchtime on Thursday at all 3 venues

The Cukes

Cockermouth Ukelele band will be playing at Brook House Inn on Sunday afternoon (12th June 2016) from approx 1pm Come and have a listen along with your Sunday roast, to mop up the last of the festival beers.

2015 Beer Festival

2015 Beer Festival

Yet another great beer festival, if a little wet and chilly at times.

My Favorite at Brook House Inn was probably Arbor motueka, but I missed a few!

Harry at the Woolpack commented "Far and above the best brewery for the Woolpack Inn was Mallinsons from Huddersfield. Lady brewsters and oh my god do they know how to brew beer. Simply stunningly top-tastic..."

Spicy Pizza

Spicy Pizza

The Woolpack now has 2 Pizza ovens, so plenty of pizzas with your beer this year

More Curries, Great Taste

More Curries, Great Taste

Thursday 9th June start of the festival.

Curry Night with live music from the Roosters at Brook House Inn


Platter of Indian starters  or  spicy tomato soup


Chicken Madras   Hot
Our standard Brook House curry, a bit hotter than some people expect

Chicken Korma   Mild
Sweet, creamy curry with coconut and almonds

Butter Chicken   Mild
Marinated chicken in a spiced creamy tomato sauce

Lamb Rogan Josh Medium
Yoghurt and tomato based aromatic curry

Pork Dopiaza Medium
Onion based curry with fenugreek

Stuffed Baby Aubergine Medium
with dahl and a chilli tomato sauce

A small selection of other meals will also be available.

Sizzling Summer Sandwiches

Sizzling Summer Sandwiches

Looking forward to a sunny beer festival this year

BBQ in the garden at the Boot Inn lots of lovely pork

2014 Beer Festival

2014 Beer Festival

2014 Review

This was our most successful festival yet, ok so I keep saying that, but the beer keeps getting drunk even though we order more each year. Quality of the beers this year was very good, but parhaps without anything really standing out and towering above the croud.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday saw a good turnout, with some local coaches arriving and plenty of people on the trains, some beers lasted only a little over 1hr, including both barrels of Iti NZPA from Hawkshead. Biased though I may be, the local Cumbrian beers seem to be hard to beat! Although Bad Kitty packed a chocolatey punch at 5.5% and the Sarah Hughes beers were both tasty. As has become the norm the light/golden and pale ales were the fastest sellers, but we surged through some stong ones as well.

It was great to have support from local CAMRA members, groups from further afield and also from the Morris Dancers.

Not quite Wall to wall sunshine this year, a bit wet on the Saturday I am told ( I spent the day either in the cellar or kitchen). We have had plenty of new customers this year, but so many have been coming for the past 14 years, it is great to see so many old friends.