Hawkshead Launch Windermere Pale in a Bottle

Hawkshead Brewery is to launch a new beer, Windermere Pale, at the same time as it goes on sale in Sainsbury’s.

Preview bottles which were released ahead of the launch next Tuesday have already won a 2-star Great Taste award from the Guild of Fine Food, and have reached the national final of the Great British Beer Hunt, going on sale in 300 Sainsbury’s stores.

The beer is the bottled version of the highly successful cask beer, a thoroughly modern beer first brewed in the summer of 2009 to fulfil public demand for a low-ABV, highly flavoured, modern hoppy beer. The bottled version of Windermere Pale, which at 4%ABV is slightly stronger than in cask, has been created in response to continuous demand for the draught beer to be available in bottle.

It is brewed with soft Lakeland water, Maris Otter malted barley and full flower hops — three traditional varieties plus American Citra — to produce a highly refreshing, very pale ale, bursting with hop character and a fruity aroma.

Hawkshead Brewery is Cumbria’s largest independent brewery, having grown rapidly since its foundation in 2002. It is one of the new wave of independent breweries which have revitalised British Craft beer.

The family owned and run brewery now located next to the River Kent in Staveley brews “traditional beers with a modern twist” using the finest whole cone hops and best malted barley.