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  • Three of our beers have been crowned Champion Beers of Cumbria 2011 by CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale).

    Hawkshead’s Lakeland Gold won the Best Bitter category for the third year running, Brodie’s Prime the best Porter for the second year and Bitter won the Bitter category, in the annual awards for Cumbrian beers, announced at the Beer Lovers Dinner at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal on Friday 11th November.

    We won the top prize in 3 out of the 10 cask beer categories, voted on by CAMRA branches in the North West region. Windermere Pale was also shortlisted in the Bitter category but was beaten to the gold medal by Hawkshead Bitter.

    These awards follow our recent success two weeks ago in Manchester where Windermere Pale was awarded Overall Champion at the SIBA North Beer Competition.

    Our Sales Manager, Anne Jones said “Hawkshead Bitter is at the centre of everything we do so it’s always good to have our hard work recognised by CAMRA members”.

  • It won DOUBLE GOLD - as champion in the biggest category, Standard Bitters & Pale Ales and as overall champion of the competition, which was contested by 80 northern breweries who entered 254 cask beers.

    Judging was by blind tasting.

    Windermere Pale now goes to the SIBA National competition, contested by the category winners from all 7 regions of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA.)

    The North region is the largest region.

    Windermere Pale at 3.5% abv is hoppy and refreshing, pale gold in colour with a long bitter finish with hints of grapefruit, the fruity hop flavours come from a medley of traditional and modern hops. Earlier this year it won a silver medal in the Brewing Industry International Awards.

    Managing Director of Hawkshead Brewery, Alex Brodie says:

    “Windermere Pale is a very popular beer, it has a lot of fans. It has become the best selling beer in The Beer Hall at the brewery. It is one of those beers that is winning converts to real ale. I’m so glad competition judges like it too.”


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