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  • Caption: Our existing site at Staveley
    Caption: Head Brewer Matt Clarke

    Following our investment deal earlier this year we’re ready to announce news of our expansion…

    We have agreed a deal with the global German manufacturer, Krones, to build a state-of-the-art new brewery, part of a £3 million two-site brewery expansion scheme.

    Krones will install a turn-key 40 barrel (6,500 litre) rapid-batch brewhouse, capable of multiple brews per day, on a site near the existing brewery in South Cumbria.

    Our existing brewery at Staveley will continue production, concentrating on small batch specialist and limited edition beers. It currently produces 7,000 barrels (11,500 Hectolitres) per year.

    Head Brewer Matt Clarke said: “Our current 20 barrel plant is the perfect size for innovation and experimentation. But we also need more volume. By adding the new Krones-Steinecker brew house, the best in the business, we will free up space at Staveley for more small-batch projects, including our barrel ageing programme. For the first time, we will have space, space to breathe and to grow.”

    The new brewery will be built on a site owned by our parent company, Halewood International, whose CEO Stewart Hainsworth, said “Hawkshead make great beers and cannot keep up with demand. We are investing both in a new brewery and in the existing one – to grow Hawkshead but also to protect and develop its wide portfolio of innovative limited edition beers. Hawkshead is the real thing - an authentic modern craft brewery. We want to keep it that way, as it expands.”

    Founder and Managing Director, Alex Brodie said: “The brewery is 15 years old and it has been straining at the leash for years. Halewood’s backing allows us to go to the next level.”

    Hawkshead is known for its commitment to cask ale, which is 65% of current output,” said Brodie. “We will be expanding production of keg, can and bottle, but we will also grow cask. Cask ale is Britain’s craft. We believe in it and, more to the point, so do most beer lovers, especially here in the North.”

    Mark Heath, Sales Director of Krones UK, said: “This is an important and innovative project for us. It’s our first 40 barrel MicroCube system in the UK. It will be a showcase for us, demonstrating how rapid-batch brewing can future-proof a modern small brewery, giving it volume without the need to install a huge brew-house. We are delighted to have won the contract to help grow Hawkshead’s impressive range of flavoursome beers.”

  • 24 November 2017

    New Beers

    The latest cask session series brew is Jester & Galaxy Pale Ale. A 4% pale hopped with Aussie Galaxy and British Jester & Bramling Cross.Available in cask only.

    December's edition of Session IPA has been brewed with Mosaic, Citra & Centennial hops and the following malt grist: Maris Otter, Carapils, Oats & Munich. Available in cask and keg.

  • 14 November 2017

    Birthday Beer Fest

    If, when we opened in 2002, we had wanted to put on a festival of outstanding modern beers there would have been a handful to choose from. Marble, Dark Star, Roosters and Oakham would have been obvious choices for their game changing hop-forward beers, as would local real ale heavyweights like Coniston and Barngates. We might have also picked something flashy from a brand new outfit like Wylam as well as a guaranteed crowd pleaser like Hop Back Summer Lightning.

    Fifteen years later there has been a craft beer revolution. We’ve brewed juniper beers with Norwegians, 10% imperial stouts with Floridians and sour IPAs with Californians. We’ve watched hundreds of breweries open and invited the ones we like the best to collaborate with us on beers that would have been inconceivable when we started out.

    So we’d like to wish ourselves Happy Birthday by inviting you to come and drink our beers, beers from our collaborators and beers from the Class of 2002.

    Brewery List:
    Lervig, Modern Times Beer, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Yeastie Boys, Cigar City Brewing, Wild Beer Co., Oakham Ales, Rooster's Brewing Co., Wylam Brewery, Marble Beers, Drink Moor Beer, Hop Back Brewery, Salopian Brewery, Coniston Brewing Company, Dark Star Brewing Co, Ashover Brewery, Barngates Brewery, Buxton Brewery Company, Northern Monk Brew Co., Magic Rock Brewing, Thornbridge Brewery, Blackjack Beers, Tiny Rebel Brewing Co., Tapped Leeds, Siren Craft Brew, Fyne Ales, The Runaway Brewery, Cloudwater Brew Co.

    Opening Times:
    Friday - Saturday 12-11pm

    Live Music:
    Friday afternoon - Harvey Brittain
    Friday evening - The Seals
    Saturday afternoon - Molly Warburton
    Saturday evening - The Groove Cutters

    Beer List:
    A full beer list is available to download below.

  • 06 November 2017

    Wylam Collab

    Back in October brewers Mark and Martin joined our friends at Wylam to brew a massive collab that had it's first pour at Dark City Beer Festival in Leeds.

    Pleasures in the Darkness - an 11 % Imperial Stout, brewed with 9 base malts for huge depth of flavour, lactose in the kettle for extra body and further conditioned on cold brewed coffee, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.


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