Brewery of the Year

10 April 2014

We're very proud to be Cumbria Life's Brewery of the Year.

We were one of 48 finalists shortlisted for the 2014 Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards which sees businesses judged in 13 categories.

The announcement was made at a ceremony held at Kendal College on 3rd April. Pictured are Director Anne Brodie, Sales Manager Anne Jones and a representative from the award sponsor, Enterprise Answers.

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Now you can have dinner at The Beer Hall as well as lunch

9 April 2014


Some sample dishes to whet your appetite:

6oz local venison burger in a soft white roll with smoked cheddar, damson chutney & salad. Served with chips £12.50

Pan-fried Grey Mullet fillet with saffron potatoes, wilted spinach, roasted peppers, crispy leeks & bouillabaisse sauce £12.50

Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallows & honeycomb toffee £4.50




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Spring Beer Festival 2014

19 March 2014

We saw record crowds at our 7th Spring Beer Festival, at the weekend. It was the biggest yet.

More than 100 casks and 25 kegs of beer (amounting to 8,000 pints) were sold over the 3 days (Friday to Sunday) at a rate of four and a half pints a minute.

People came from all over the North West, but also further afield. After 7 years of putting on our festivals, they have a reputation which has put The Lakes on the map for beer lovers.

Dates for our next festival in the summer are: Thursday 17 - Sunday 20 July 2014.

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Award Wins

19 March 2014

Windermere Pale in bottle has won another award, this time silver at the SIBA(Society of Independent Brewers) National Beer Competition, held in Sheffield last week. The beer was judged in the Bottled Bitters (up to 4.9%) category and was put through to the national competition after winning Overall Champion in the North West region competition in October 2013.

New product, Lakeland Gold in keg, also won an award in the national competition, winning a bronze medal in the Bitters, Pales & Golden Ales’ category.


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The Illusionist

19 March 2014


New beer The Illusionist is being distributed to pubs and bars this week following it’s launch at our Spring Beer Festival on Friday 14th March.

The 3.5% abv beer, brewed in collaboration with Yorkshire brewers Magic Rock, is not what it seems; it’s dark in colour yet drinks light and hoppy.

The limited edition brew is available in cask and keg, look out for it at a bar near you.

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New Cask Beer - El Dorado

19 March 2014

El Dorado, our first ever single hopped beer, commissioned by JD Wetherspoon for their national spring beer festival, is a 5% abv beer brewed with 100% El Dorado hops from the American west. This dual purpose hop delivers a balance of bitterness leading to intense flavours of tropical fruits and aromas of pears, watermelon and stone fruit.

JD Wetherspoon spring beer festival runs from 18 March – 13 April.




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New Festival Collaboration Beer

28 February 2014

New to our festivals will be a beer brewed specially for the event in collaboration with another British brewer. An exclusive beer, the style of which will stay under wraps until the day of the festival.

This Spring we’re kicking off the new project in style with a collaborative brew with Yorkshire brewers Magic Rock. As you may expect of the brewers involved the recipe is likely to involve lots of hops!

Head Brewer at Hawkshead, Matt Clarke said “Collaborating with another brewery is a great way of sharing ideas and new techniques. There’s a lot of mutual respect between Magic Rock and ourselves. It’s great to be able to brew good beer with good friends.”

The beer, which was brewed on 25th February, will be unveiled on the first day of the festival, Friday 14th March.

Are you ready for The Illusionist?!

For more information on our Spring Beer Festival and a beer list, visit our festival page here>>


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Best Beer in the North West

24 January 2014

Cumbrian Five Hop is Champion Beer of the North West.

It won Gold in its category and was judged alongside 9 other category winners to be declared Supreme Winner at the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) competition which was held at the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival on Wednesday 22nd January.

It is a thoroughly modern beer and we’re pleased to see that the judges appreciate it” said Anne Jones, Sales Manager for Hawkshead Brewery, “It is made, as is our way, with a blend of traditional English and modern American hops, five varieties in all.”

Pictured centre is Festival Organiser Graham Donning with Sales Manager Anne Jones and MD Alex Brodie.

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New Bottled Beers

6 December 2013

A Stout, a strong Porter, both bottle conditioned and an un-filtered American style IPA, with a twist, are the latest beers to roll off our new micro bottling plant.

Limited edition bottlings of Dry Stone Stout 4.5%, Brodie's Prime Export 8.5% and IPA 7% join the very limited edition annual whisky aged "No1 Jack" & "No2 Jim" in our line up of bottled beers for Christmas.

The 7% IPA is our latest contribution to the current craze for big hopped American IPAs, but the hops are American and New Zealand, as would be expected of Kiwi head brewer Matt Clarke.

The IPA joins NZPA, Cumbrian Five Hop, Windermere Pale and Lakeland Gold in our portfolio of modern hop forward beers.


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2013 Whisky Aged Beers

27 November 2013

Introducing No 1 Jack and No 2 Jim – limited edition oak aged beers.

For the last 12 months two Bourbon casks (one previously containing Jack Daniels & the other Jim Beam) both filled with export strength Brodie’s Prime have been maturing in our cellar. They are both strong, dark, rich, complex ales, aged for one year.

The beer was brewed on 26th October 2012, put into cask on 13th November 2012 and then bottled on 15th November 2013.

Now bottled the beers are ready to drink, they come in 330ml bottles at 8.5% abv, the style of beer means that they will also benefit from further ageing, Head Brewer Matt also suggests blending the two…

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