Published on December 6, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour


New brewery sweeps in

Lake District brewery Hawkshead has agreed a deal with the global German manufacturer Krones to build a new state-of-the-art brewery as part of a £3m two-site expansion scheme.

Krones will install a turnkey 40-barrel (6,500-litre) rapid-batch brewhouse capable of multiple brews per day on a site in south Cumbria, near the existing brewery which is in Staveley, near Kendal.

As mentioned in our feature on pages 22-23, Hawkshead’s existing brewery will continue to concentrate on small batch specialist and limited-edition beers. It currently produces 7,000 barrels (11,500 hectolitres) per year.

Head brewer Matt Clarke said: “Our current 20-barrel plant is the perfect size for innovation and experimentation, but we also need more volume. By adding the new Krones-Steinecker brewhouse – the best in the business – we will free up space at Staveley for more small-batch projects, including our barrel-ageing programme. For the first time, we will have space to breathe and space to grow.”

The new brewery will be built on a site owned by Hawkshead’s new parent company, Halewood International.

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