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  • 26 October 2016

    We've Got Cans

    On sale from Thursday 27th October, our first two beers in can are both highly hopped pale ales, one strong and one session strength:

    IPA - our 7% American-style India Pale Ale hopped with a powerful blend of American and New Zealand hops.

    Iti - a 3.5% Session New Zealand Pale Ale, brewed with, you guessed it, several varieties of hops from New Zealand.

    Both beers have been chill conditioned and canned unfiltered & unpasteurised for maximum flavour.

    Get them first at The Beer Hall, online and at Craft Beer Calling (27th-29th October in Newcastle). From Monday 31st October they'll be available further afield, check your local bar or bottle shop.

  • Caption: Head Brewer Matt & his team
    The team, with SIBA Chairman Guy Sheppard, accepting our awards
    Caption: Accepting our awards with SIBA Chairman Guy Sheppard

    We won four Golds, a Silver and a Bronze at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North West Region Beer Competition last week.

    Tonka beat 81 other small pack (bottle and can) beers to be declared overall champion. Windermere Pale scooped the overall Silver medal, both beers having won gold medals in their respective categories (Speciality and Standard Bitters & Pale Ales).

    Lakeland Lager also won Gold in Bottle Premium Lager & Pilsners and IPA Bronze in Premium Strong Beers.

    260 beers from 50 breweries were blind tasted at the annual competition held at the Macron Stadium, Bolton. Beers are tasted in several rounds and are judged by a panel of approximately 100 independent craft brewers, beer industry representatives and experienced beer drinkers.

    It's been a busy year and to come away with these awards is brilliant, I'm particularly pleased that Tonka not only won its category, but took overall champion” said Head Brewer Matt, “Tonka and Windermere Pale couldn’t be more different and we’re delighted the judges appreciated both the complex, dark, rich flavours of Tonka and those of Windermere Pale –a low strength hoppy pale ale”.

    Tonka, Windermere Pale and Lakeland Lager will now all be entered into the SIBA National Finals which take place at BeerX in Sheffield (16-19th March 2017).

  • Head Brewer Matt successfully defended his under 90 kilo title at the British Masters Judo Championships at Edinburgh on Saturday 8th October.

    Matt, watched on by his family (including his parents who were visiting from New Zealand), fought his way through rounds to reach the final, claiming victory over his opponent and winning the gold medal.

    It might be hard to believe but Matt’s first love was judo, rather than beer… he began taking lessons at the age of eight in his native home-town Wanganui in New Zealand.

    I won it last year as well so I was defending it. I’m quite pleased with it in terms of holding down a job and still being able to train so it’s a big achievement” said Matt.

  • After their witty creations for Chuckleberry Sour, Northern Imperial Stout, Wild Wheat, Sundown & Hop Black, our Graphic Designer, Will and our illustrator, Cal have re-designed the Lakeland range of Hawkshead beers. New pump badges for Windermere Pale, Bitter, Red, Lakeland Gold and Brodie's Prime are coming out to pubs now.

    Our logo has also been re-drawn.

    Original illustrations now run through the whole Hawkshead range.

  • 11,426 miles between brewers didn't stop this year’s International Rainbow Project bringing some of the most talked about and in demand collab beers of the year to the U.K:

    Red | Beavertown & Parrotdog | Universal Mind | 10.5% | Adambier aged in marsala barrels
    Orange | Burning Sky & Liberty Brewing | Descent into the Maelstrom | 6.66% | Eclectic borderless beer
    Yellow | Magic Rock & Fork Brewing | The Upside Down | 6% | Sour tropical fruit witbier hybrid
    Green | Hawkshead & Yeastie Boys | Kai Moana Gose | 6% | Seafood & green gooseberry gose
    Blue | Wild Beer Co. & 8 Wired | Black & Blue | 5% | Raw + charred + barrel aged sour
    Indigo | Siren & Garage Project | Blacklight Banana | 9.2% |Stout with banana, molasses, barrel aged coffee
    Violet | Partizan |Royal Ale | 8.5% | Barley wine with riesling grape juice

    The ticketed launch parties at Siren and Beavertown breweries sold out well in advance and lines formed outside at both The Beer Hall and Magic Rock’s tap room (the non-ticketed events) prior to opening. Mixed cases were sold online by retailer Honest Brew and getting hold of one was described as the beer equivalent of Glasto tickets.

    Here’s some of the comments we received about Kai Moana Gose:
    "Salty, gooseberry. Refreshing and smooth. You can taste the effort put into this one"
    "Superb! Salty, smooth sweet all rolled into one. I get the fruity notes as well. Great start to my Rainbow Project 2016 box"
    "Great sharp, citrus taste. A slightly salty finish. Entirely refreshing and moreish. Give me another"
    "Smooth silky (oyster) finish with a salty gooseberry hit!"
    "Heavenly Gose from the Rainbow Project. Fresh, salty, hoppy and utterly drinkable"

    Bottles and t-shirts of Kai Moana Gose are available delivered to your door from our webshop.

    Let's see what next year will bring for the Rainbow Project!


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