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  • 03 March 2015

    Spring Beer Festival

    We're gearing up for our 8th Spring Beer Festival this weekend, 6th-8th March, the beer list has now been confirmed and we have a total of 74 different beers on offer; 18 Hawkshead beers (including Beer Matts' - our collab with Marble, Damson Stout, new brew Hop Black and a cask of our Rainbow Project collab with Lervig - Green Juniper & Hemp DIPA) and 56 guest beers from 16 different breweries.

    The full beer list is available to download as a PDF, you can find the link at the bottom of the event page.

    On Friday & Saturday from 12pm the kitchen will be serving a special beer festival menu including Hot-Links hotdogs (from Pappys Texan BBQ in Windermere), steak sandwiches & Higginsons pie. On Sunday the normal menu including beer tapas and Sunday Roast will be served from 12-6pm.

    Entertainment this year will come from Room Full of Mirrors on Friday evening, The Lonesome Three (a reduced acoustic version of The Curragh Sons) on Saturday and on Sunday there'll be the usual Sunday Session from 5pm.

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    Jester hops
    Box of Jester hops

    A new beer brewed with a new hop, Jester, touted as the closest to powerful American aroma hops ever grown in Britain, is our answer to a challenge by pub chain JD Wetherspoon, to showcase British not foreign hops.

    The beer which we’re brewing for Wetherspoon’s Spring Beer Festival, is named “Jester,” the same as the hop, which is in its first year of commercial production.

    It is a low strength (3.7%) pale beer, the better to appreciate the fruity hop flavours which Hop Merchant Charles Faram hope Jester will show.

    Jester was grown as part of Faram’s hop breeding programme, to try to find a British equivalent of the big flavoured American and New Zealand hops which have found such favour among craft brewers.

    Paul Corbett of Farams said they named the hop Jester because they assumed the grower was joking when he told them it was English. They thought it was American because of its big aroma. He hopes Jester will be the most successful new English variety they have so far developed.

    We secured a supply of Jester, grown at Town End Farm, Bosbury, Herefordshire, in answer to the Wetherspoons challenge to brewers to supply only English hopped beers. Jester is a limited edition beer, we’ll be brewing only 100 barrels (16,400 litres). It will be available nationally during Wetherspoons 13th – 29th March beer festival and will be previewed at our own Spring Beer Festival from 6th to 8th March.

  • 09 February 2015

    New Beer - Hop Black

    New beer Hop Black, part of our limited edition range, is out and drinking in cask and will soon be available in keg and bottle too. The 5.6% beer could be described as a Black IPA, a contradiction in terms - it is dark in colour but surprisingly light and refreshing on the palate. Brewed using specialist malts and big flavoured American hops (Chinook, Citra and Simcoe) the beer delivers aromas of tropical fruit and resinous pine. Check back at the end of February when you’ll be able to buy a case of 6 or 12 bottles through our beershop online.

  • Festival Organiser Graham Donning presenting the award for Cumbrian Five Hop
    Caption: Festival Organiser Graham Donning presenting the award for Cumbrian Five Hop to Hawkshead's Gemma Greenbank.
    Marble collab beer

    As well as selling 60,000 pints of beer during the four-day event, the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival also hosted CAMRA’s North West regional competitions.

    Three of our beers were finalists in CAMRA’s North West Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition, Brodie’s Prime, Dry Stone Stout and Brodie’s Prime Export.

    Cumbrian Five Hop won yet another award by taking Silver in the competition for Overall Champion Beer of the North West 2015 having won Gold in its category late last year.

    We had a great response to our collaboration beer, Beer Matts’, brewed with Marble specially for the festival. Our head brewer Matt Clarke joined Marble's head brewer Matt Howgate to brew the 5% beer which combines the core of Marble’s Lagonda IPA - Centennial, Simcoe & Citra, with Cumbrian Five Hop’s Bramling Cross & Amarillo, producing one heck of a hoppy beer.

  • Hawkshead Brewery bar at Manchester Beer Festival
    Beer festival at the velodrome

    We’ve got a bar at one of the North’s biggest beer events later this month - the CAMRA organised Manchester Beer and Cider Festival held at the Velodrome 21-24 January.

    We’re one of 10 innovative northern breweries to be invited to have a bar at the festival, others include Manchester’s own Blackjack and West Yorkshire’s Ilkley brewery (the full list can be found on the festival website). There will be 19 bars spread across the floor in the middle of the track and on the concourse level, featuring over 500 beers in all.

    On our bar we’ll have Windermere Pale, Bitter, Dry Stone Stout, Sundown, Brodie’s Prime, Lakeland Lager, Cumbrian Five Hop, NZPA and Brodie’s Prime Export. Brewery staff will be on hand to chat to drinkers and answer any questions.

    We’ll also be launching a collaboration beer, brewed with Marble. This is just one of a number of special brews on offer, organised by the festival between selected breweries and designed to showcase the new boundaries of British beer.
    Our head brewer Matt and fellow Hawkshead brewer Mark will be joining the Marble team today, Tuesday 6th January, to brew the festival special - a mash up of Cumbrian Five Hop and Lagonda IPA. For trade enquiries and pre-orders please contact Marble.


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