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  • Caption: Head Brewer Matt Clarke (right) and SIBA Chairman Buster Grant

    Bottled Lakeland Lager won Gold at the national Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) beer awards last week.

    Having won the North West final in October it was judged alongside other regional bottle & can winners and was declared National Champion in its category of Small Pack Premium Lager & Pilsners.

    Windermere Pale also picked up a bronze at the awards in the Champion Small Pack Standard Bitters & Pale Ales category.

  • 20 March 2017

    New Beer - XPA

    The next brew in our cask session series.

    This is Head Brewer Matt Clarke's take on the style XPA/extra pale ale which refers to the use of low colour malts creating 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 Citra and Jester. 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)
    Aroma: Tropical fruits
    Flavour: Citrus and slight herbal notes from the Jester

    XPA is available in cask and is out for delivery to pubs and bars across the country from Monday 20th March onwards. It will feature on the bar at Northern Craft Beer Fest this weekend.

  • 07 March 2017

    Northern Craft Beer Fest

    Northern Craft Beer Fest 24th-26th March – a three day event celebrating British beer.

    Featuring 75 beers on cask and keg, from 25 craft breweries, served across 3 bars.

    We’ll be showcasing beers from; Allendale, Alphabet, Atom, Blackjack, Cloudwater, Fallen, Fell, Fierce, Fyne Ales, Ilkley, Magic Rock, Mallinsons, Marble, Neptune, North, Pilot, Roosters, Runaway, Salopian, Tempest, Thornbridge, Torrside, Track and 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.

    Opening Times:
    Friday & Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 12-8pm

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

    Check the events page for further updates.

  • 01 March 2017

    Investment Deal

    We’ve signed a far-reaching investment deal with the UK’s largest independent drinks company, Halewood Wines & Spirits.

    Under the deal, we’ll build a new brewery, expand production & gain new routes to market, and Halewood will enter the UK brewing industry.

    Brewery founder Alex Brodie said: “Demand for our beers exceeds our ability to supply. We have gone about as far as we can on our own. This partnership with Halewood will allow us to grow and fulfil our potential.”

    I am convinced that Halewood share our values,” he said. “We have had a long negotiation and I believe that this deal gives Hawkshead a way of getting significant investment without being absorbed into ‘big beer.’ Halewood sees small, craft and premium as the future. And they are Northern. I like that.”

    This is Halewood’s first entry into British brewing and they will take a controlling interest in us. Specific terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

    Halewood’s CEO Stewart Hainsworth said: “Hawkshead Brewery will continue to operate independently of the Halewood Group, under Alex’s leadership, with Halewood as its main distributor and investor. Hawkshead brews great beers. We are delighted to help them carry on doing what they are so passionate about.”

    Alex will continue as Managing Director, and our existing team will carry on running the brewery as a stand-alone business, within a small group of North West craft drinks-makers, under the Halewood umbrella. The group includes another Lakeland company, mineral water producer - Willow Water, Liverpool Gin distillery and North Wales whisky distillery, Aber Falls, which is due to open later this year.

  • 17 February 2017

    New Beer - Jantar

    Our latest Cask Session Series brew - Jantar - is a Polish amber ale at 4% ABV.

    Developed by brewer Mark the recipe incorporates two Polish hops - Junga and Marynka as well as some Bramling Cross, a British variety, for bittering. Junga adds grapefruit, spicy & blackcurrant aromas and flavours to the beer while Marynka, used for dry-hopping, adds very floral, herby & resinous notes. Amber malt gives good body and a light biscuit flavour to the beer.

    Named after the Polish word for ‘amber’ Jantar is available in cask and is out for delivery to pubs and bars across the country from Friday 17th onwards. It will feature on the bar at the brewery tap, The Beer Hall from week commencing 20th February. 

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