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Published on December 8th, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour

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New beers develop from oat cuisine

Lake District-based Hawkshead Brewery is continuing its programme of new releases and collaborations with other like-minded beer producers. 

The fifth beer in its numbered oak aged series has just been unveiled – No5 (8.5% abv) is a matured version of Hawkshead’s Brodie’s Prime Export, aged for nine months in oak casks previously filled with red wine from Burgundy.

And three versions of Oat Wine – a collaboration brew with Wild Beer Co of Somerset – are a take on classic British barley wine but dominated by oats, not barley. The three are: Cask Aged (9.0%  abv), Cider Brandy Barrel Aged (9.0% abv) and Bourbon Barrel Aged (9.0% abv) – all richly fruity and spicy.

Other news from Hawkshead includes its annual festive brew Jingle Fells, now accompanied by a rather fetching t-shirt, while the draw has been made for the Rainbow Project 2016 which next year involves seven breweries from New Zealand.

Hawkshead has been paired with the legendary Yeastie Boys for the competition that has involved UK, international and US brewers collaborating to produce a beer loosely conceived around the colours of the rainbow. Hawkshead and Yeastie Boys have been given the colour green to play around with. Head brewer Matt Clarke is a Kiwi, so there’s bound to be a bit of an edge to his effort.


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