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  • Caption: Managing Director Alex Brodie with award sponsor BFBi Chairman Patrick Redman and SIBA Managing Director Mike Benner

    We've been named as overall Best Brewery Business of the Year at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) National Business Awards 2015!

    Also on the night we were awarded: Best Customer Support for our trade sales app and keg swatch and Best Business Development for The Beer Hall in Staveley.

    Celebrations are in full swing following our triple success at the awards. The awards which took place at SIBA's BeerX celebration of British beer, in Sheffield on Thursday 19th March, are one of the industry’s top awards.

    Mike Benner, SIBA Managing Director, who was presenting the awards said, “Our Business Awards recognise a raft of business skills and it is a credit to the talent of our members that so many of them submitted strong, compelling entries this year. What SIBA brewers may lack in size, they more than make up for with entrepreneurial flair, professionalism and dedication to their business.

    Anne Jones, Sales Manager at Hawkshead Brewery said, “I am delighted by the recognition of our hard work and innovation. We are proud of the whole team at the Brewery and The Beer Hall.”

  • 17 March 2015

    Parallel Importer

    Caption: Kelly and Matt at Fork & Brewer
    Caption: Spent grain used as a crispy coating for the brew-pub's spicy chicken wings

    While on holiday in his native New Zealand earlier this year Head Brewer Matt was invited to do a collaborative brew at Fork & Brewer in Wellington, the craft beer capital of the country, by fellow Head Brewer Kelly Ryan.

    Matt and Kelly first met as expats in the British brewing industry. Kelly is held in high esteem internationally having brewed at both Fyne Ales and Thornbridge Brewery in the UK as well as brewing for some of the best breweries in New Zealand (Good George, Epic).

    Matt and Kelly’s creation is a Kiwi rendition of Brodie’s Prime named Parallel Importer, brewed using New Zealand Cascade and Motueka hops. “The result is this deliciously balanced hoppy brown porter” said Kelly, “NZ hops have been liberally dosed into this wonderful Kiwi malt-driven beauty. Enough chocolaty malt to tickle the tonsils of the dark beer lovers & a cornucopia of juicy berry hop notes to please the hop fans. It finishes smooth with a hint of sweetness.” Matt added “In a sea of pale and hoppy beers it was great to produce something malt-led which still entertains the hop-heads”.

    Parallel Importer is being launched tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) at Fork & Brewer and in several other craft beer bars in Wellington; The Rogue & Vagabond, Hashigo Zake, Kelburn Village Pub, Malthouse, LBQ, Basque and The Third Eye.

    Unfortunately all 1100 litres of the beer are to remain in New Zealand so we can only dream of how it will taste.

  • 16 March 2015

    Employer of the Year

    Ben and Louise accepting the award

    We won 'Employer of the Year' at Lancaster & Morecambe College's Apprentice Awards.

    We were shortlisted in two categories; Best Team Player (for Customer Service apprentice Louise Jennings) and Employer of the Year.

    Lancaster and Morecambe College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in the local area and earlier this year both apprentices and their employers were invited to submit nominations for the Apprentice Awards.

    Having been shortlisted from the nominated businesses we were presented with the award at a ceremony held at the college on Thursday 12th March.

    We saw taking on an apprentice as an opportunity to offer career based training to a young person,” said Sales Manager Anne Jones “Building on this success we're planning on offering more apprenticeships in the future.”

  • P&Os new cruise liner Britannia
    Bottles of Brodie's Prime

    Ever fancied a Brodie's Prime while in the Mediterranean or Caribbean? Well if you're lucky enough to be taking a cruise on P&O’s new cruise ship 'Britannia' you can enjoy a bottle.

    We were first approached by P&O in the summer of 2014 to supply the cruise liner with bottles of Brodie’s Prime 4.9% and following the official naming by the Queen on Tuesday the ship is ready for it's maiden voyage on Saturday 14th March.

    We're one of only 7 breweries to represent the North West in what is the largest selection of beers at sea.

    Sales Manager Anne said “We’re very proud to be part of such a wide ranging beer offering. It’s great that P&O have looked to smaller craft breweries like ourselves as well as to the big national brewers to supply them”.

  • Finalists certificates

    We're delighted to have been nominated as finalists in two categories at this year's Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards: Best Large Producer and The Marketing Innovation Award.

    As a finalist in the Marketing Innovation category we were praised for our creativity and innovative use of marketing channels. Awards host and TV presenter Helen Skelton congratulated us on developing the first brewery sales app in the country.

    Our congratulations go to all the worthy winners.

    It was great to see so many customers of the brewery in the list of finalists; The Wheatsheaf - Brigsteer, The Sun Inn - Kirkby Lonsdale, Pig & Whistle - Cartmel, The Drunken Duck - Ambleside, George & Dragon - Clifton who all take Hawkshead beers in either cask or keg form, Ginger Bakers - Kendal who use Brodie's Prime in their chocolate cake, Baba Ganoush - Kendal, Linthwaite House - Windermere and Old Stamp House - Ambleside all stock our bottled beers.

    The awards, now in their fourth year, really are a celebration of the strength and diversity of Cumbria's food and drink offering and we're very proud to be a part of it.


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