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    Sign up to courses run by the Beer Academy at Hawkshead Brewery....

    The next one – a one day foundation course – is Monday 20th October.

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  • 04 September 2014

    National Brew Pub Finalist

    Good Pub Guide logo
    The Beer Hall bar

    Every year The Good Pub Guide present a number of national awards to pubs which the editors consider the best in the country. The awards range from the prestigious 'Pub of the Year' through a range of other categories.

    Our brewery tap, The Beer Hall, which features in the guide, was shortlisted as a finalist in 'Own Brew Pub of the Year'.

    Finalists are described as "demonstrating an excellence above and beyond even the other entries in the Good Pub Guide itself" so we're delighted to have been selected.

  • Bottles of Green Juniper & Hemp Double IPA
    Selecting hops for the brew
    Mike from Lervig pitching yeast into the wort

    In collaboration with Lervig Brewery of Norway we have brewed a special one-off beer as part of The International Rainbow Project 2014 which is now in its second year (some of you may remember last year’s Parma Violet IPA).

    This year’s project sees 7 UK breweries, each paired with a different European brewery, randomly assigned a colour of the rainbow and together challenged to create a beer inspired by that colour, whether it be abstract or not.

    Breweries & their colours:
    Magic Rock + Evil Twin (Denmark) - Red
    Beavertown + Naparbier (Spain) – Orange
    Buxton + Omnipollo (Sweden) – Yellow
    Hawkshead + Lervig (Norway) - Green
    Partizan + Mikeller (Denmark) – Blue
    Wild Beer Co + Toccalmatto (Italy) – Indigo
    Siren + De Molen (The Netherlands) – Violet

    In July, Mike Murphy, Head Brewer at Lervig, joined us to brew the green inspired beer. The brewday actually took place on the Saturday of our Summer Beer Festival, giving drinkers the opportunity to watch the brewers at work.

    Juniper berries, hemp seed and a shed load of hops were amongst the ingredients used. The result - a 7.5% double IPA with mouth smacking bitterness and aromas of pine. Heavy hopping from American varieties Simcoe and Mosaic mean the beer’s bitterness units reach 100 IBUs, traditional for this style of beer. (IBU = International Bittering Units, a measure of the actual bitterness of a beer as contributed by the alpha acid from hops).

    The limited edition beer will be available in cask, keg and bottle and will go on sale following the official launch of all 7 rainbow beers at Beavertown Brewery on Saturday 13th September. Subsequent launches are being held at: The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh - Sunday 14th September from 7pm and North Bar, Leeds - Thursday 18th September from 6pm.

  • Cumbrian Five Hop cask badge on handpull

    Cumbrian Five Hop won silver in the Golden Ales category at CBOB - Camra's Champion Beer of Britain competition held during GBBF at Olympia.

    So that's another big gong for Five Hop. It was already the reigning Champion Golden Ale of the North West and overall Champion Beer of the NW - that's how it got to the national final.

    It's a big flavoured, American style IPA, with 3 English and 2 American hop varieties and we are really pleased that the CAMRA judges appreciated such a thoroughly modern beer, which goes down well in the craft beer market. (It came second behind Oakham's Citra - a worthy winner & another highly hopped beer. )

    Also our Hawkshead Bitter was a CAMRA beer of the year, having made it to the final.

    We'll be brewing a bit more Cumbrian Five Hop than usual in the next few weeks. In addition the bottled version of Cumbrian Five Hop is currently on offer online and at The Beer Hall.

  • 15 August 2014

    NZPA Flies Home

    The exterior of The Malthouse in New Zealand
    Beervana promotional poster
    Cumbrian Five Hop on the bar in The Malthouse
    NZPA font with keg badge

    We’ve sent NZPA – our 6% New Zealand hopped pale ale back to New Zealand, for the locals to taste, test and hopefully approve, at a prestigious beer festival, down under.

    It’s a big risk for Head Brewer, Matt Clarke, who is a New Zealander. “I am actually very nervous about this,” he said. ” If NZPA arrives on the other side of the world in anything less than a perfect state, I’ll not live it down.”

    To try to spare Kiwi Matt getting a hard time from his home town, Wanganui, on North Island, the NZ importers, Beertique, agreed to send the draught beers by plane. The bottled beers are following, at a more leisurely pace, by sea.

    The flying kegs of NZPA and another prize-winning beer, Cumbrian Five Hop, were checked onto an Air New Zealand flight (what else!) They are headed for the 21st birthday celebration of the renowned Wellington bar, The Malthouse, part of the annual NZ beer festival, Beervana. Matt anxiously awaits a quality report from kiwi drinkers.

    New Zealand hops – varieties like Motueka, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin -- are among the most aromatic, flavoursome and expensive in the world. They are highly sought after and in short supply.

    They came to beer lovers’ notice relatively recently, when a few craft breweries, largely in the UK and USA, started experimenting with them.

    Sending the finished product back to New Zealand isn’t so much “coals to Newcastle” as brewers’ hands across the world. Spurred on by the internet and social media, craft brewing is spreading fast globally, even in previously lager stricken New Zealand. Until recently the New Zealand brewing industry did not appreciate what it had got – disease free, hugely flavoured hops.

    “I am keen on Matt developing this brewing relationship with his home country,” said director and owner, Alex Brodie. “As NZ hops catch on, and supplies get short, it helps ensure we get the hops we need.”


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