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  • Throughout the three days of our festival 120 beers from 34 different breweries were drunk at a rate of a pint every 9 seconds.

    As well as beers rarely seen in Cumbria (from the likes of Beavertown, Pressure Drop and Siren) festival goers could also sample cask cider from Scotland’s Thistly Cross and prosecco from Fabulous Flutes plus for the first time a can bar, with rare beers from the likes of Marble, Cloudwater, Tiny Rebel & Magic Rock.

    Bringing the street food vibe were Ambleside's Earthworm Kitchen with their vegan and vegetarian options, Kendal's Pappy's Texas Barbeque with their authentic smoke house cooking and Newcastle's best pizza producers Scream for Pizza. The Beer Hall kitchen also served an extensive menu including beer battered deep fried ice cream.

    The beer fest is hard work and needs a lot of preparation” said PR Manager Michelle “We love the fact people travel miles to attend and that we get to showcase some of the UK's craft beer scene which we are proud to be part of. Rotating the breweries attending as much as possible keeps the beer list fresh and vibrant”.

    On Saturday we were presented with our award for Cumbrian Five Hop - CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain NW region Gold (Golden Ale category), by Caroline O’Donnell of Greater Manchester CAMRA.

  • Northern Craft Beer Fest 20-22 July – a three day event celebrating British beer.

    Featuring 100 beers on cask and keg, from 32 craft breweries, served across 4 bars.

    We’ll be showcasing beers from; Almasty, Arbor, Atom, Bad Seed, Beavertown, Blackjack, Bristol Beer Factory, Clouded Minds, Cloudwater, Fyne Ales, Great Heck, Kirkby Lonsdale, Magic Rock, Mallinsons, Marble, Moor, North Riding, Northern Monk, Pilot, Pressure Drop, Redemption, Roosters, Runaway, Salopian, Siren, Swannay, Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel, Vibrant Forest, Wild Beer Co & Wylam.

    You will of course find a range of Hawkshead beers on the bar including some rare limited edition specials.

    A full beer list (including tasting notes and which bar you'll find the beers on) is available to download.

    Thistly Cross will be bringing their cider bar down from Scotland for the duration of the festival and on Thursday and Friday Fabulous Flutes prosecco van will be serving draught sparkling wine all day. The Hawkshead shop will be open selling merchandise and ice cold cans from start to finish.

    Opening Times:
    Thursday-Saturday 12-11pm

    Our kitchen will be serving a special festival menu for all sessions and there will also be a range of fantastic street food stalls from Earthworm Kitchen, Pappy's Texas BBQ and Scream for Pizza.

    Live music & acoustic performances from local acts are scheduled throughout the festival. Check the What’s On page for details.

    No ticket is necessary, we don’t charge an entrance fee to customers.


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