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  • Hawkshead Bitter was a finalist in the Champion Beer of Britain competition – also known as CBOB.

    CBOB is judged at the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) in August, which this year was held at Earls Court, London. GBBF is Britain’s biggest beer festival bringing together a wide range of real ales, ciders, perries and international beers.

    The nomination process for CBOB is almost an on-going task; the finalists are chosen on a regional basis via local tasting panels and regional beer judging competitions. Hawkshead Bitter was named CAMRA’s Champion Beer in the North West earlier this year and therefore qualified as a finalist for CBOB. This was our second North West champion in 2011 - Brodie's Prime was named North West Champion Porter at the National Winter Ales Festival in January.

  • Beer lovers beat a path to Hawkshead Brewery to get the first taste of its latest ground- breaking beer.

    NZPA (New Zealand Pale Ale) was launched at the opening of the brewery’s 5th annual summer beer festival. The ale was well received with 630 pints sold.

    The NZPA Hawkshead Brewery beer is made by a New Zealander - Brewing Manager Matt Clarke - with four specially imported highly flavoured Kiwi hops.

    Clarke said: “We have been experimenting with some of the biggest flavoured hops in the world. NZPA is the fourth beer in our ‘huge hop’ range and it’s probably the fruitiest and most flavoursome one of all.

    “I know I am biased but I think New Zealand has some of the best hops and I believe this beer will prove it.”

    NZPA is just one of the hoppy, modern, flavourful beers in Hawkshead’s ‘huge hop beers’ range. Others include; Lakeland Gold, Windermere Pale and Cumbrian 5 Hop. The beers were all exhibited at the Beer Festival along with 64 other beers from new breweries around the country.

    It was hailed a success by Graeme Durrant of real ale pub and wine bar, Arcadia Ale in Leeds. He commented: “I wanted more as soon as I tasted it.”

    “NZPA is a complex, modern pale ale that can suit any palate, I believe Hawkshead Brewery is at the forefront of developing high quality ales and I’m delighted the team are doing such a wonderful job.”

    The annual beer festival took place at the Brewery, Mill Yard, Staveley. This year, beer lovers were also able to enjoy a sample of the new beer tapas menu, created by renowned chef, Steven Doherty and resident chef, Kester Marsh.

    Hawkshead Brewery has recently undergone an expansion after a £250,000 investment into expanding its brewery and the creation of its Beer Hall. The expansion enables Hawkshead Brewery to produce 180 barrels, or over 50,000 pints per week meaning this year’s festival was bigger than ever. – three bars were in operation all fed from chilled cellars and 64 hand pulls!


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