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  • We had two beers in the final of the Campaign for Real Ale's Champion Beer of Britain competition, at London's Olympia last night and both won medals.

    NZPA (New Zealand Pale Ale) took silver and Hawkshead Bitter bronze, in their categories.

    "With more than 1500 breweries in the country now, the odds of getting to the final are long, to get a medal is the icing on the cake , to get two medals is a triumph for our brilliant brewing team, who are at the top of their game" said owner Alex Brodie, “what I’m most happy about is the consistent high level they achieve”.

    We've had beers in the final every year for the past 6 years “it’s one thing to brew a cracking beer once, the trick is to do it all the time” said Alex.

    To reach the finals, beers go through several rounds over the course of a year; they’re judged at local tasting panels and regional heats before the final judging at the Great British Beer Festival.

    Bitter 3.7% is the beer that built the brewery, first brewed in 2002. NZPA 6%, created by Head Brewer Matt, is a highly hopped pale ale brewed with four New Zealand hop varieties.

  • Taking collaborations to a new level - Session IPA - the result of our unprecedented brew day at Northern Craft.

    In celebration of our 10th summer beer festival, Northern Craft, Head Brewer Matt and 12 other craft brewers joined together to create one mass collab brew on Friday 22nd July.

    Given the breweries involved (Hawkshead, Runaway, Magic Rock, Fyne Ales, Cloudwater, Quantum, Thornbridge, Buxton, Marble, Roosters, Siren, Ashover & Pivovar) it’s not surprising to hear that this beer has been described as “a fruit-bomb of a beer”.

    Coming in at 4.7% Session IPA was brewed with a blend of malts and is loaded with big fruity American hops; Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Centennial.

    Being a one-off, casks & kegs are very limited, but have been distributed all over the north west and to further afield. You'll of course find Session IPA on the bar at The Beer Hall - while stocks last.

  • Caption: THE FACE OF CRAFT BREWING. Pictured (left to right) brewers from: Runaway, Pivovar, Pivovar, Cloudwater, Hawkshead, Quantum, Ashover, Marble. Front row: Siren, Magic Rock, Thornbridge. Out of picture: Roosters, Buxton, Fyne.

    Brewers from thirteen top craft breweries got together to brew a special beer on Friday 22nd July to mark “Northern Craft” - our 10th summer beer festival.

    Head Brewer Matt called in his generation of craft brewers to come and pool ideas. Brewers from Magic Rock, Thornbridge, Pivovar, Ashover, Cloudwater, Marble, Quantum, Siren, Buxton, Fyne, Runaway and Roosters collaborated.

    Beer lovers attending the festival were able to watch the beer being brewed, a highly hopped session IPA, which will be on sale in a few weeks.

    Throughout the three days of Northern Craft 8 and a half pints of beer a minute (or a pint every 7 seconds) were sold. During 33 hours of opening from noon on Thursday to 11pm on Saturday, 243 casks and kegs, of 106 different beers from 29 breweries were drunk dry.

  • Orbit Pale Ale 3.5% is the first one-off beer in our cask session series.

    It's an all New Zealand hopped pale ale brewed with Wai-iti and Orbit.

    Wai-iti hops provide wonderfully fruity characteristics of citrus and stone fruit such as fresh peach and ripe apricot.

    Orbit is the name of a blend of hops specially selected from the New Zealand “Hops with a Difference” breeding program. These hops are selected on their unique aroma and flavour characteristics as well as their brewing quality. The hops may be grown in very small plots at the New Zealand Plant and Food Research Centre in Riwaka or in larger selected trial gardens across the region. No two years are the same and we'll never get this blend of hops again.

  • Our festival Northern Craft is a unique collection and celebration of craft brewing in Northern Britain.

    We’ve gathered together some of the most exciting & innovative independent breweries to show off their beer over a three day festival from 21st – 23rd July.

    On Friday 22nd there’ll be a mass collaboration brew to mark our 10th summer beer festival. Head Brewer Matt will be joined by friends from pioneering breweries of the British craft beer scene. Drinkers will be able to watch brewers from Ashover, Cloudwater, Magic Rock, Marble, Pivovar, Quantum, Roosters, Runaway, Siren and Thornbridge create one epic brew.

    The beer list is eclectic and as part of our own offering we’ll be launching a couple of limited edition specials not on general release; Earl Grey & Seville Orange Sour 3.3% and Dry Hopped Citra Sour 3.3%.

    There’ll be cask and keg bars throughout the brewery. Cask ales will all be served on hand pull, from properly chilled cellars.

    As well as serving food from our own kitchen we’re hosting street food stalls from Pappy's Texas BBQ, Doi Intanon (authentic Thai cuisine) and Scream for Pizza. There’ll also be live music.

    There’ll be over 80 beers on cask and keg, showcasing 24 British breweries. No ticket is necessary, we don’t charge an entrance fee to customers.

    Check Twitter and Facebook for exhibiting brewery and beer list announcements.


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