I have been gradually ticking off the Wainwrights over the years (The Lakeland peaks not the beer) and Black Fell was next on the list. It was opportune that one way of ascending begins from The Drunken Duck. I have been aware of the Drunken Duck for years but somehow have never visited so this seemed like too good a chance to miss.
After a quick climb to the summit, I settled down outside the Duck and watched the world go by for a little while.
I was introduced to John who brews at the attached Barngates Brewery and immediately got brewery envy. He was just about to start digging out the mash tun so was glad of the chance for a chat. He was really generous with his time and I learnt a lot.
5 Barngate facts:
- John has been brewing about 20 years and began on a 100 litre kit. A little like us. We have some way to go!
- He regularly brews 6 cask ales and 3 keg. You can get then all on the bar at the Drunken Duck.
- John had just got back from the Great British Beer festival where The Red Bull Terrier had just won Silver. Top job.
- The success of the Goodhew Stout (very good) has meant that the Guinness has now been removed from bar.
- The Drunken Duck is a good place to begin the walk up Black Fell. You can get a bit of guidance from the bar. Head down the Skelwith road for 6 minutes and turn left at the gate.