During the summer we were contacted by Italian importers Ferro Distribuzione who were interested in our beers. Initially established as a wine producer Ferro Distribuzione has evolved and during the last 7 years have developed a project focused on the distribution of high quality craft beer in Italy.
Following a visit to the brewery in September by Beer Specialist Mauro Gobbo and Director Giovanni Ferro who tasted the full Hawkshead range we dispatched our first order in October – a mixture of keg and bottled products including Iti, IPA and NZPA.
In November we were invited to Ferro’s launch of their new shop in Castelfranco Veneto, an hour from Venice. The 2 day event was open to Ferro’s best customers and allowed us, amongst other suppliers (including other British brewers Fyne Ales, Magic Rock and Thornbridge), to showcase our products.
Sales Manager Anne was there to represent Hawkshead and on return to her hotel in Venice after the first day, found the city under water! (Due to high tide flooding, common at this time of year apparently). Since Anne’s return we’ve had a subsequent order for beer, which was dispatched last week, so if you’re visiting Italy you may just find Hawkshead beers on a bar near you.