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Drinkers enjoying the festival outside
Serving the finest beers from independent breweries
Festival goers enjoying the atmosphere

NORTHERN CRAFT BEER FESTS 2017

24 - 26 March 2017
20 - 22 July 2017

Our beer festivals are brilliant, especially when the sun shines.

We have been doing them twice a year since 2007. The first one was put on to showcase the revolution in British brewing. And that’s what we have been celebrating every year since, as the revolution continues to gather pace. There has never been a better time for British beer.... more breweries, more beer styles, more innovation, more flavours, more crazy and exciting ideas. Our beer festivals celebrate that.

Many of the pioneers of the new wave of craft brewing are here in the North of Britain. Northern Craft Beer Fest is a showcase for them. We choose our breweries and let them show 3 or 4, sometimes more of their beers. It’s not about cramming in as many different beers as possible. It’s about showcasing the breweries, and getting the brewers along. It’s mostly cask. But there’s a fair amount of keg too.

We do something new every time. In July 2016 we took collaborations to a new level and brewed a mass collab beer in celebration of our 10th summer festival. Head Brewer Matt was joined by 12 other craft brewers from around the country and brewed on the Friday of the festival for all to watch.

The first festival is in late March and the second one in late July. They take over the whole brewery. We have plenty of cellars and cold room, so all the beer is properly cold and served from at least 3 bars. In summer we cover a fair bit of the Mill Yard with a marquee and get a bar in there.

It’s a family affair... kids, dogs, babes in arms, great grandmas, weird brewers all welcome.

Food all day, live music, great beer, good craic and no tickets – we are a pub, we don’t charge entry.

Want to see more photos? Check out the gallery from Northern Craft July 2016.

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  • Getting here

    Hawkshead Brewery is in the village of Staveley, half way between Kendal and Windermere, off the A591.

    You can get to us:

    By Train
    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    By Bus
    www.stagecoachbus.com

    By Car
    Map and directions here

  • Accommodation

    B&Bs, hotels, pubs and self-catering accommodation can be found in Staveley, nearby Ings and the towns of Kendal and Windermere.

    Contact Cumbria Tourism 01539 822222 www.golakes.co.uk

    Alternatively try the accommodation and tourist guide website www.lakedistrict-stay.co.uk

    Camping and caravanning sites - there are many nearby but none in the village of Staveley. The nearest are; Hill Top Camping , Ings, 1.7 miles away, Ashes Lane Camping & Caravanning Club Site, 1.8 miles away and Pound Farm, Crook, 2.5 miles away.

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    Northern Craft July 2016
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