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  • August's Cask Session Series Brew is XPA - a style first brewed in March, this time with the addition of Mosaic hops.

    XPA/extra pale ale refers to the use of low colour malts which create a really clean pale base beer, the perfect platform to showcase the hops. A small amount of malted oats lend a nice mouthfeel and more palate fullness to the beer.

    It's hopped with a combination of Jester, Citra and Mosaic. Jester is the UK variety that exhibits big fruit flavours akin to the Americans and has come from the Charles Faram hop breeding programme.

    Malts: Low colour Maris Otter and malted oats
    Hops : Jester (UK), Citra (USA), Mosaic (USA)

  • We'll be pouring our beers at Norway's oldest craft beer festival, Grünerløkka Mikrobryggerifestival, which is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year.

    Held at Grunerløkka Brygghus in Oslo we're one of two British breweries to be invited, alongside our friends at Wild Beer Co. There are 20 attending breweries in all including; Lervig, Nøgne Ø, Lindheim Ølkompani, Ballast Point and Toccalmatto.

    Our brewery bar will be serving Hawkshead beers in keg and will be staffed by a member of the Hawkshead team. Over the weekend we'll be pouring; Chuckleberry Sour, Session IPA, Iti, NZPA, Cherry Weisse and Tiramisu Imperial Stout.

  • Launching exclusively at The Beer Hall, Friday 4th August.

    Passionfruit Gose 4.5% - Tart and fruity with a hint of salt, a highly refreshing beer made with a blend of lager and wheat malt. Think sweet, sour and salty with an overriding flavour of fresh passionfruit. The Gose has been kettle soured to add acidity, then Himalayan rock salt added to the boil and after fermentation aged on passionfruit.

    Currently available in keg and limited cask. Please check your local craft beer bar or our social media feeds for where to find it.

  • Throughout the three days of our festival 120 beers from 34 different breweries were drunk at a rate of a pint every 9 seconds.

    As well as beers rarely seen in Cumbria (from the likes of Beavertown, Pressure Drop and Siren) festival goers could also sample cask cider from Scotland’s Thistly Cross and prosecco from Fabulous Flutes plus for the first time a can bar, with rare beers from the likes of Marble, Cloudwater, Tiny Rebel & Magic Rock.

    Bringing the street food vibe were Ambleside's Earthworm Kitchen with their vegan and vegetarian options, Kendal's Pappy's Texas Barbeque with their authentic smoke house cooking and Newcastle's best pizza producers Scream for Pizza. The Beer Hall kitchen also served an extensive menu including beer battered deep fried ice cream.

    The beer fest is hard work and needs a lot of preparation” said PR Manager Michelle “We love the fact people travel miles to attend and that we get to showcase some of the UK's craft beer scene which we are proud to be part of. Rotating the breweries attending as much as possible keeps the beer list fresh and vibrant”.

    On Saturday we were presented with our award for Cumbrian Five Hop - CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain NW region Gold (Golden Ale category), by Caroline O’Donnell of Greater Manchester CAMRA.

  • Northern Craft Beer Fest 20-22 July – a three day event celebrating British beer.

    Featuring 100 beers on cask and keg, from 32 craft breweries, served across 4 bars.

    We’ll be showcasing beers from; Almasty, Arbor, Atom, Bad Seed, Beavertown, Blackjack, Bristol Beer Factory, Clouded Minds, Cloudwater, Fyne Ales, Great Heck, Kirkby Lonsdale, Magic Rock, Mallinsons, Marble, Moor, North Riding, Northern Monk, Pilot, Pressure Drop, Redemption, Roosters, Runaway, Salopian, Siren, Swannay, Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel, Vibrant Forest, Wild Beer Co & Wylam.

    You will of course find a range of Hawkshead beers on the bar including some rare limited edition specials.

    A full beer list (including tasting notes and which bar you'll find the beers on) is available to download.

    Thistly Cross will be bringing their cider bar down from Scotland for the duration of the festival and on Thursday and Friday Fabulous Flutes prosecco van will be serving draught sparkling wine all day. The Hawkshead shop will be open selling merchandise and ice cold cans from start to finish.

    Opening Times:
    Thursday-Saturday 12-11pm

    Our kitchen will be serving a special festival menu for all sessions and there will also be a range of fantastic street food stalls from Earthworm Kitchen, Pappy's Texas BBQ and Scream for Pizza.

    Live music & acoustic performances from local acts are scheduled throughout the festival. Check the What’s On page for details.

    No ticket is necessary, we don’t charge an entrance fee to customers.


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