Beer from The Lakes
Based in the heart of the English Lake District, brewers of bold, innovative beers since 2002, our beer range is eclectic and includes thirst quenching session beers, big hopped pale ales, deep dark stouts and sours. With a range of core beers, available in Cask, Keg, Bottle and Can.
At Hawkshead Brewery we make the sort of beer we like to drink - distinctive, full of flavour, handmade, and perfectly crafted.
We are small enough to know most of our customers, not to care about the mass market, be able to brew lots of different beers, experiment and innovate. We are big enough to employ a team of five brewers, make around 140 barrels (23,000 litres) of beer a week, deliver direct throughout The North, and our Tap at our Staveley site is open every day.
Hawkshead Brewery began in 2002, in a barn just outside the village of Hawkshead in the English Lake District. Brewing on a 7 barrel second hand kit. Creating highly hopped (for the time) cask beers, in an unsaturated craft beer scene.
In 2006 relocated to the Mill Yard, beside the River Kent at Staveley, brewing on a new 20 barrel brewhouse and built a brewery tap - The Beer Hall. Currently now brewing at full capacity, producing 6,700 barrels (1.1 million litres) per year.
65% of what we produce is “real ale” which is cask conditioned beer, a peculiarly British speciality. It is Britain's craft. We think this is the best way to appreciate low gravity sesion ale. And we know that the best way to serve our cask conditioned beer is in the northern manner, through a tight sparkler to create a creamy head. We also produce a wide range of keg beers. Some beers are better with a little artificial carbonation and keg beer can go places cask beer cannot. The battle to save cask beer from the crazed marketeers of the sixties, who nearly killed it, has been won. Today’s beer lovers, rightly, are more concerned with the quality of the beer than the method of dispense. So what is proper beer? You know it when you drink it.
Hawkshead Brewery has been variously described as: micro-brewery, local brewery, beer factory, small independent, small regional, new wave brewery, craft brewery, artisan brewery. We are certainly hands on and labour intensive. We have very little automation. The brewers do keep fit - lifting and shifting and digging out. Every day we handle, taste and smell our raw materials - malt and hops. We hunt for hops all over the world. We have visited hop farmers in the UK, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, USA and New Zealand. We are always learning and improving. We brew what we would like to drink. We never design a beer by cost. So what is a craft brewery? You know it when you see it.