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  • We brewed more than a million litres of beer in 2016.

    We clocked up a total of 10,169 hectolitres (1,016,900 litres) - an increase of 8% over 2015, made possible by a £175,000 investment in extra fermentation capacity, in spring last year.

    65% of our 2016 production was cask conditioned beer. “Cask led the British brewing revolution. It is unique to Britain. Cask is this country’s craft” said owner Alex Brodie, “we believe in cask and we are investing in it”.

    As part of our 'Cask Session Series' we’re planning a new cask beer a month throughout 2017, starting with January’s 'Session IPA' at 4.7%, which builds on the beer of the same name brewed in collaboration with a dozen craft brewers at our July beer festival – Northern Craft.

    We put on Northern Craft twice a year, in March and July, at The Beer Hall – to celebrate innovative craft brewing in the north of Britain.

  • 30 December 2016

    A Look Back at 2016

    New Beers
    2016 saw us release 15 new beers; our first cans (Iti & IPA), three bottled beers previously only on limited edition draught (Solar Sour, Tonka & Chuckleberry Sour) plus Bourbon Barrel Aged Northern Imperial Stout, Tiramisu, Lime Wood Wild, Kai Moana Gose, Session IPA Mass Collab Brew, Orbit Pale Ale, Northern Imperial Stout, Vienna Lager, Dry Hopped Citra Sour and Earl Grey & Seville Orange Sour.

    In the Spring we completed an expansion project allowing us to increase capacity. We extended our fermentation room, added new vessels and built a new cold-conditioning room. Having been brewing at capacity for a year it means we’ll be able to increase production up to 14,000 hectolitres (that’s about 2.5 million pints) a year.

    International Rainbow Project
    It was green again for us at the Kiwi edition of this epic collab project. The sea surrounding both island nations was the inspiration for our Yeastie Boys collab Kai Moana Gose. Yet again the project produced some of the most talked about and in demand collab beers of the year. The draw for 2017 has been made and we’re heading back to the USA. Our partnering brewery is Modern Times and we get to brew with them not once but twice - the second brew will be barrel aged for an extra special release in 2018.

    We won industry awards not just for our beers this year but also for our tap, The Beer Hall, which was voted Pub of The Year by Westmorland CAMRA. We picked up four Golds, a Silver and a Bronze at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North West Region Beer Competition, Tonka taking the top title of Overall Champion Bottled Beer. Windermere Pale and Lakeland Lager in bottle also won Golds plus IPA in cask Bronze. We had two beers in the final of CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition and both won medals - NZPA took silver and Hawkshead Bitter bronze (in their categories).

    Northern Craft Beer Festival
    This year we celebrated our 10th summer beer festival and to mark the occasion we did a mass collaboration brew - Head Brewer Matt was joined by 12 other craft brewers to create Session IPA. Brewers from Magic Rock, Thornbridge, Cloudwater, Marble, Quantum, Siren, Buxton, Fyne, Runaway, Pivovar, Ashover, and Roosters pitched in to brew the 4.7% fruit-bomb of a beer.
    243 casks and kegs, of 106 different beers from 29 breweries were drunk dry during the three day festival.

    Collaboration Brews
    This year we worked with 18 breweries, 12 of which descended upon Staveley in July for our Northern Craft Mass Collab Brew. Most recently we brewed Tiramisu with Wayne Wambles from Cigar City, with the Indy Man Beer Con team there was Lime Wood Wild, for the Rainbow Project with Yeastie Boys there was Kai Moana Gose. For Manchester Beer Week Matt brewed at Runaway to produce Manchester Tart, at Stewart in Edinburgh – Margarita Gose and back in January he got together with Blackjack & Quantum to brew Manuka.

    Dates for your diary 2017

    • Tap Take Over & Meet the Brewer at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh: 14 January
    • Manchester Beer & Cider Festival: 19-21 January
    • Thornbridge Taps Guest Beer Festival, Tap Take Over & Meet the Brewer at The Greystones Sheffield: 28 January
    • Craft Beer Rising, London: 23-25 February
    • Northern Craft Beer Festivals: 24-26 March and 20-22 July
    • Tap Take Over at Dead Crafty Beer Co, Liverpool: 15 June
  • It's here...Tiramisu our collab with Cigar City Brewing. A hugely layered dessert beer.

    Inspired by the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu, this is a strong stout, made with coffee beans (blended and roasted by Mr Duffin’s Coffee of Staveley) and 8 varieties of malt.

    A pre-release 4.5 gallon cask will be on at Tap and Bottles Southport Beer Street (25-27 November).

    From the 2nd December find it at: our Brewery Tap -The Beer Hall (in both bottle and on keg), Heaton Hops, Friends of Ham, North Bar, The Dead Crafty Beer Company, The Tap House Lancaster, Raynville Superstore, Little Leeds Beer House, Beers of Davenport, The Grove, Kirkland News & Tweedies Bar. 

    Then from 3rd December at Port Street Beer House, Cafe Beermoth, The Smithfield Tavern, Salt Horse, The Beerhouses - The Sportsman.

    More to be announced, keep an eye on our social media pages.

  • 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).


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