From the very beginning, The Lakes Distillery has sought to immerse itself in the local community. The distillery itself is housed in a exquisitely renovated 1850s Victorian building with extensive visitor facilities.
We felt a certain duty to embrace, nurture and protect the way of life in our beautiful home surroundings. As part of our drive towards sustainability, we support local charities and make a commitment to producing our spirits in an environmentally friendly way. Events and annual donations are linked to each of our family of brands in developing their charities’ objectives.
The distillery is firmly rooted in the Lake District as its home. There is no better way to support the local area than fundraising for Fix the Fells, a team of skilled volunteers who repair the mountain paths in the Lake District.
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From the rugged, wild fells to the peaceful serenity of a lakeside shore, The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is dedicated to conserving the wildlife and wild places in and around the Lake District, the home of a World UNESCO Heritage Site.
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It is hardly surprising that we are so proud of our environment and heritage and are determined to protect and preserve it. Producing our spirits in the most environmentally friendly way possible is very important to us, and we are doing everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint.
Biomass boilers (burning fuel from sustainable sources) are used for heating and hot water for the buildings and offices on the site. The distillery has its own sewerage treatment plant, which processes the treatable waste produced on site. River water is used for all our whiskymaking process, which is entirely natural, using malted barley, water and yeast. We use an oil boiler for the steam required for the distilling process.
By-products of the whisky distillation process; pot ale and spent grain (draff) are used by local farmers for soil enrichment and to feed their cattle.