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  • 10 February 2016

    CAMRA Pub of the Year Award

    The Beer Hall has been voted Pub of The Year by Westmorland CAMRA.

    The Beer Hall was one of around 50 pubs in the running” said Bar Manager, Chris “I’m incredibly proud of our achievement, a huge thank you goes to our phenomenal team and to everyone from Westmorland CAMRA who has supported us”.

    Pubs are judged on a variety of criteria such as atmosphere, level of service, value for money and community focus, and of course the quality of their beer. An official presentation will follow in May.

  • As well as attracting almost 15,000 visitors and at the current count selling 50,000 pints the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival also hosted the regional rounds of CAMRA’s annual competition.

    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.

    Manuka, our collaboration beer brewed at Blackjack with Quantum especially for the festival was well received. The 5% Belgian style pale was brewed with numerous hops and spiced with Manuka leaf from New Zealand, Kaffir lime leaves and fermented with Belgian yeast.

  • Dry Stone Stout is Tryanuary’s featured beer for day 20.

    If you want to seek it out you’ll find it on the bar at The Beer Hall and on our brewery bar at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival. You can also pick up bottles at a number of independent bottle shops, contact us if want to know where.

    Tryanuary is an initiative to support independent businesses in the beer trade. Throughout January you’re encouraged to seek out new independent breweries, beers, bars and bottle shops, and share your discoveries on social media using the #tryanuary hashtag.

    It isn't about drinking more. It's about trying something different. Tasting something new. Experiencing something interesting.” Check out www.tryanuary.co.uk for further details.

  • Caption: Matt's collab brew mystery ingredient: Manuka Leaf
    Caption: Jay (Quantum) with his Kaffir lime leaves
    Caption: Rob (Blackjack) checks on the boil as the first hops go in

    For the third year running 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 Manchester Central 20-23 January.

    We’re one of 12 innovative northern breweries to be invited to have a bar at the festival, you can find the list of brewery bars on the festival website. In addition to the brewery bars there’ll be 3 main bars (including a 60 metre mega-bar) serving a total of over 500 beers, ciders & perries.

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

    We’re also launching a festival collab beer, brewed at Blackjack with Quantum Brew Co earlier this month. The Ready Steady Cook-style brew saw each brewer arrive with a mystery ingredient; Matt with Manuka leaf from his home country, Rob (Blackjack) Belgian yeast and Jay (Quantum) Kaffir lime leaves. You’ll find the collab beer on our brewery bar from Wednesday 20th, for trade enquiries and pre-orders please contact Blackjack.

  • 04 January 2016

    A Look Back at 2015

    New beers in 2015
    Caption: New beers in 2015
    Caption: Matt & Chad (Crooked Stave) brew Key Lime Tau for the 2016 Rainbow Project
    Caption: We were at events in The Lakes, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham & Norway
    Caption: Olympian City Christmas Markets in Hong Kong
    Caption: Matt accepting silver at the International Brewing Awards for Brodie's Prime Export
    Caption: Chuckleberry Sour, one of 2015's limited edition beers returning in 2016

    NEW BEERS

    2015 saw us release 14 new beers; starting with Hop Black in January, Jester in March and more recently three versions of Oat Wine. In the spring we brewed our first sour, a style popular on the continent for years and increasingly so in the UK. Our journey into the world of sours didn’t stop with Solar Sour; we aged some on damsons, created a barrel aged raspberry version, brewed Chuckleberry Sour and used the same kettle souring technique with our Rainbow Project collab Key Lime Tau (2π).

    COLLABORATION BREWS

    2015 saw us working with 5 breweries, both at home in Staveley and further afield. With Marble we created Beer Matts; with Tapped Brew Co in Leeds there was Rhubarb Saison; while in New Zealand Matt brewed with fellow Kiwi Kelly Ryan at Fork & Brewer to produce Parallel Importer; Chad from Crooked Stave joined us to brew this year’s Rainbow Project beer and with Tiny Rebel we crafted White IPA. This winter also saw the release of 3 versions of Oat Wine, our collab with Wild Beer Co brewed in June 2014.

    OUT ‘N’ ABOUT

    Our own summer beer festival in July was our most successful to date but it wasn’t the only festival to include Hawkshead beer – we had bars at festivals across the country; Manchester CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival, Grasmere Guzzler, Leeds International Beer Festival, Indy Man Beer Con, Craft Beer Calling and Norwegian festival What’s Brewing. We also took over the taps of some of our customers; North Bar in Leeds, Brewdog in both Leeds and Birmingham and most recently Port Street Beer House in Manchester, often showcasing rare or exclusive beers.

    HAWKSHEAD HEADS EAST

    The increasing demand for British beer overseas means we continue to grow our export sales. This year we have established new relationships with importers in both France and Hong Kong. We’ve also continued and developed our trade to Italy and Sweden, so if you’re on holiday around the Venice and/or Stockholm area you may just stumble upon a bar with Hawkshead beer on draught.

    AWARDS

    We’re delighted and humbled to be rewarded not only for the quality of our beers but for the business as a whole – in March, SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) named us Brewery Business of the Year. Brodie’s Prime Export won awards in both bottle (Silver at the International Brewing Awards) and in keg (Bronze at SIBA North). Cask IPA won a double award at SIBA taking both Gold in it’s category and Bronze overall. And Cumbrian Five Hop won another award, this one from CAMRA, a silver medal in it’s category at the Champion Beer of Britain NW region competition and to top it all we had 3 beers in the CBOB finals in London this year.

    THE NEW YEAR

    The coming year will be our 10th in Staveley, in July we’ll celebrate our 10th summer beer festival so expect something special. Our spring festival is 18-20 March and summer 21-23 July. 2016 will see the return of a couple of our most popular limited edition beers from this year – Chuckleberry Sour and Chocolate & Tonka Bean Imperial Porter. We’re looking forward once again to taking part in the International Rainbow Project, we've been paired with Yeastie Boys and have the colour green, the launch for this international collaborative project is expected to be in September. We’re hoping to join with some friends for more special collabs in the New Year, watch this space.

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