Black Sheep Ale

“Beers for bottling are drawn from brewery conditioning tanks and transported by road tanker to our bottlers. There they are chilled, stored for ten days, then filtered and bottled. At the end of the bottling process, the bottles are pasteurised, labelled and packed.”

“Brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops, it is full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose. The bittersweet malty taste is followed by an uncompromising long, dry and bitter finish. This beer was the first, most successful, of all of our bottled beers.”

Schwaben Bräu Weihnachtsbier

Golden with a foamy but short lived white head. Cereal aroma, flavour is initially metallic giving way to malty sweetness

Cross Bay Sunset

An exceptionally finely balanced ale. Bitter and fruity with a spicy finish.

Robinsons Trooper

Trooper is a premium British beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character. Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.


Robinsons Unicorn

Brewed since 1890, Unicorn is almost as old as the Brewery and is named after the Unicorn pub which was owned by William Robinson from 1838. Our brewery now stands over the inn plot, with our Unicorn proudly positioned on our brewery tower overlooking Stockport.

Unicorn is a magnificent pale tart, thirst quenching ale with superb mouth feel of rich malt, hops and complex aromas of Golding hops, malt and tart fruit. It has a long dry finish with citrus fruit notes.

Hartleys Cumbria Way

Cumbria Way joined XB in 2001. Our former Head Brewer, Chris Helin invited tenants from our finest Cumbrian houses to select a new beer from a range of trial ales. The response was overwhelming Cumbria Way!

Cumbria Way takes its name from the 112km footpath which passes through the heart of the Lake District National Park and links the two historic Cumbrian towns of Ulverston and Carlise.

Hartleys Cumbria Way is a full bodied bitter beer with superb mouth feel of rich malt and hops complemented by complex aromas of spicy hop, malt and tart fruit. It has a long dry finish with citrus fruit notes Long dry finish with citrus fruit notes.

Robinsons Dizzy Blonde

Dizzy Blonde started life as a limited edition seasonal ale.

The success of this Blonde ale has reached dizzy heights and is now our second largest volume brand which sells more in the Lake District than all our other brands.

Bowness Bay Swan Blonde

Immerse your taste buds in the compellingly crisp, deliciously dry hoppishness of Swan Blonde and sail away on a journey of gorgeously pale Windermere water freshness. Made with light malts, Pioneer, Aurora and Citra hops.


Crankshaft Sumner’s Steam

A light, carbonated honey 30% honey ale. A well balanced Braggot, hopped enough to allow the right amount of sweetness, with a dry Pils taste from the malt.