Thursday, 19 January 2012

Cross Bay at NWAF

Yesterday, 18th January, some of us went down to the CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester to represent the Brewery, meet people in trade, sample some beers and soak up the atmosphere.

Nightfall, our session bitter, was primarily available for the Trade Session, with Sunset, Dusk and Winter Moon ready to follow.

From our point of view, it was great to be present at our first National Winter Ales Festival and see our name in lots of places around the room.

Some photographs from the afternoon -

Left to Right: Nick, Bill, Arthur & Jamie
As you walk into the festival, this what you see
A view of the Festival

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Run Up to Lunesdale Local CAMRA Dark & Winter Ales Festival

Another date for your diary, especially if you're local to Cross Bay Brewery in Morecambe!

Cross Bay Brewery are proud to sponsor the Lunesdale Local CAMRA's Dark & Winter Ales Festival.

25 pubs in the local area (details below) will be offering their customers the opportunity to sample and enjoy dark and winter ales.  Winter Moon is our flagship beer for this exciting local event and we are hoping that lots of the festival goers will try it, along with Sunset, Nightfall or Dusk, our main beer brands.

Our Festival Flagship Porter

Ways to Get Involved

  • Join the Festival Mailing List for updates and where to find which beer.
  • Discover Mini Pub Crawls.
  • Send your thoughts on the beers to CAMRA.
  • Nominate a Beer of the Festival

For all of this, just email

Festival Events

Opening Event, Monday 23rd of January 7.30pm:  Meet the Brewers at The Sun Hotel, Church Street, Lancaster.

Closing Event,  Sunday 5th of February 7:00pm: Full line-up of festival beers and 'Beer of the Festival' presentation.

Participating Pubs

  1. Bellflower (Nateby)
  2. Borough (Lancaster)
  3. Fleece (Dolphinholme)
  4. George & Dragon (Lancaster)
  5. Golden Ball (Snatchems)
  6. Golden Lion (Lancaster)
  7. Graduate College Bar (Lancaster University)
  8. Green Ayre (Lancaster)
  9. Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale)
  10. Merchant’s (Lancaster)
  11. Moorlands (Lancaster)
  12. New Inn (Clapham)
  13. Orange Tree (Kirkby Lonsdale)
  14. Palatine (Morecambe)
  15. Patten Arms (Winmarleigh)
  16. Penny Bank (Lancaster)
  17. Priory (Scorton)
  18. Royal (Heysham)
  19. Sir Richard Owen (Lancaster)
  20. Smuggler’s Den (Morecambe)
Find them on a Map

Up and Coming National Winter Ales Festival

The CAMRA 2012 National Winter Ales Festival hits Manchester from the 18th to the 21st of January and Cross Bay Brewery are excited to be there for the first time with the following selection of handcrafted beers:

  • Winter Moon, Dark Porter
  • Sunset, Blonde Bitter
  • Dusk, Ruby Bitter
  • Nightfall, Pale Bitter
The festival being held at the Sheridan Suite on Oldham Road, boasts over 300 beers, ciders and perries, offering attendees the challenge to find something that suits their taste.

Opening Times:

Wednesday 18th Jan: 5pm - 10.30pm
Thursday 19th of Jan: 12:00 - 10:30pm
Friday 20th of Jan: 12:00 - 10:30pm
Saturday 21st of Jan: 12:00 - 10:30pm

No advance ticket necessary, find out more about pricing here

We are sponsoring the staff transport and rest area.

We encourage you to come to Manchester for this Beer Festival and sample our beers, alongside a huge variety of other beers!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Out with Aurora, In with Winter Moon

Our popular and frequently praised, Aurora, Strikingly Amber Ale, completely sold out on Tuesday.  Making its debut a success.
Winter Moon replaces it as the seasonal dark porter for January and February time and promises big flavour for its 3.6% ABV.   You will recall we had a trial of Winter Moon in December and although it tasted really good then, we think you will agree, it tastes even better now.
“Winter Moon is a dark and rich porter. However, this is a porter with a twist; it boasts a thick, dark chocolate and caramel body, which is followed by a lemon rind and pine aftertaste.”
We encourage you try it with food and recommend the pairings of: puddings, chocolate, grilled meats and smoked fish.
Winter Moon is our flagship beer for the two Winter Ales Festivals Cross Bay is sponsoring, coming up this month; The Lunesdale CAMRA Dark & Winter Ales Festival and National Winter Ales Fesitval.
The name of the Porter is taken inspired by various wintery names for the moon in January and February around the world.  The pump clip image features the typical Cross Bay scene of the Lake District peaks as viewed from Morecambe promenade, illuminated by a mysterious, purple tinted winter moon.  As with all our pump clip designs, the taste and style of the beer is intended to be reflected in the imagery.

Winter Moon Pump Clip

 Post by Laura, Design & Marketing @Cross Bay

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Year Blue's ... not likely !!

Good Morning to all the windswept people ! Windy somewhat eh ! We are cracking the whip on the New Year already with a Sunset and a Nightfall chilling down in the F.V and a Dusk still fermenting this a.m ! Unfortunately this means washing casks ! Not so much fun !