A delicious companion for a walk on the Fells

Fancy A Pint? The retirement project to sample a beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in the United Kingdom.

IMGP5921County: Lancashire

What’s it called? Wainwright

Who made it? Daniel Thwaites, Blackburn (though it has been brewed under contract by Marston’s since that company bought most of Thwaites’s beer business in 2011).

What is it? A golden ale

Alc Vol: 4.1%

What it says on the label: “Inspired by Alfred Wainwright, famous for his Lakeland Fells guide books. This refreshing golden ale has been brewed with the same loving care that Alfred Wainwright put into creating his inspirational, hand drawn walking guides. In keeping with a walk on the Fells, this beautiful balanced beer is a ‘breath of fresh ale’. ”

Food combination: None suggested. I drank a bottle with corned beef and tomato sandwiches.

Retired Bloke verdict: Perhaps the craft beers still being produced by Thwaites in its own ‘Crafty Dan’ craft brewery would be a more philosophical fit with Wainwright’s hand drawn books, than this mass produced ale, but there is no denying that this is a delicious pint. Mrs F said she could imagine drinking it sat on a riverbank on a summer’s evening, which would probably gladden old Alfred’s heart to hear.

Fancy another? Yes please.

It’s not about the beer: Blackburn became the first town to undertake the mass finger printing of people following the murder of a three-year-old child who was abducted from the local hospital in May 1948. More than 40,000 men were finger printed. A match was found, and the murderer confessed and was subsequently hanged.

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