Beer connoisseur and passionate pub campaigner, Mark gives us his decision on the tastiest beer he has sampled in the last seven days.

Mark has been highlighting the values of Britain’s favourite drink for many years. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. Follow @realaleupnorth on Twitter.


This week’s selection comes courtesy of South Lakeland brewer, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery. Established in 2009, they have forged an excellent reputation for their range of cask conditioned ales. 

One of their most popular beers is the long established and award-winning, Jubilee stout. A quite strong ale for the style, at 5.5% ABV.

It presents itself as black as a vicar’s cassock, with a beige, creamy head. The stout having a pleasant aroma of chocolate, liquorice and a hint of earthy hops. 

The palate is rich, creamy smooth and rather complex: chocolate, winey fruit, liquorice and light, peppery spice balancing beautifully in the mouth. 

The drying finish has long, lingering flavours of smooth chocolate, lightly roasted malt, vinous fruit and a hint of liquorice. 

Jubilee stout is an outstanding beer. One of my longtime favourite stouts. Rich, robust and highly flavoursome. A Cumbrian cracker that is thoroughly recommended.