Remember the childhood excitement of opening a new door on your advent calendar every day in the run up to Christmas? It gave each day a little sparkle of festive magic, even though those tiny chocolates behind the
Gather ‘round kids! Grab a toffee apple and get ready for the fireworks—it’s time to burn a man in effigy! Yayyy!!!
Four years ago this week, my husband and I landed here in the UK to begin our lives in this beautiful country. It just so happened to be none other
What drives the beer world’s most important ambassadors? Hoptical met with Steve Hindy, president of Brooklyn Brewery, one of the best and most influential breweries in the world
Why did the time feel right to start Brooklyn Brewery back in 1988?
It’s the big one – the competition that every brewer of real ale wants to win. Every year at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain is announced.
The winner this year is one of the most interesting beers we’ve ever had: Harvey’s Imperial Double Stout, a
The temperature’s dropping and the season’s dreary clouds are rolling in. It feels like it’s that time again. No, I’m not talking about the Great British Summer. It’s Oktoberfest!
Indeed, the beery world’s eyes have now shifted to the gorgeous city of Munich. If you’re sad that you’ve got no good
You might be beginning to suspect that we have a bit of an unsubtle crush on Manchester considering the amount we mention it, but the fact is that there are just so many fantastic breweries popping up there it’d be selfish of us not to share them with you! I’m
London Beer City is one of the highlights of my beery calendar, and I always plan my week around a visit to the Great British Beer Festival. This year I went down a day early to help judge the final
Well, what a July it’s been so far… I hope you all managed to enjoy the heatwave before the lightning storms hit! In keeping with the extremes of weather, this month’s Beer Club includes a beer which we think is a fitting juxtaposition of dark and light – yes, it’s
Up here in Yorkshire the weather has been absolutely beautiful this week–spring has truly sprung. Between the blooming daffodils, baby lambs and perfect temperatures we’ve had a hard time staying in the office. Indeed, the other day our director Mark sat outside in a lounger all day wearing the most
We’ve been doing a lot of work “researching” new beers lately (terribly tough life we lead here) and we’ve got a ton of exciting new stuff coming into Beer Hawk HQ at the end of this month. I’m super pumped about the new lines we’re getting as well as further
Whether you participated in
the ridiculous Dry January or just resolved to continue supporting the beer industry, we’ve got a fantastic February Beer Club that celebrates great beer. After many conversations, hints, and arm-wrestling tournaments with my bosses, I couldn’t be more excited that we’re finally stocking CANSSSSSSSSS! That’s
You must’ve been extra good this year because you’re getting some exciting stuff in our December’s Beer Club. In our last Beer Club for 2014, we are saying “Thank You” in the best way we know how: by stuffing this box full of some of our favorites. I’m too stoked
*Phew. I’m back. And partially recovered.
I’ve been to a lot of beer festivals but the Great American Beer Festival is world class. If you’ve never had the chance to go and want to experience the quintessential celebration of beer, then start booking your flights to Denver, Colorado. There truly isn’t
It’s always something of a mad rush in September as we try to cram in orders with the last of our target breweries before we turn our minds to our minds Christmas and all the beery fun that entails. It’s just round the corner folks, but lets close our eyes
Leeds International Beer Festival is quickly becoming one of my favorite beer fests around. Having gone through the whole airplane/hotel/time-zone-change thing for beer festivals in the past, I love Leeds for its proximity to my house. Once again having the best boss in the world, I did a little
There’s a distinctly British theme to this month’s beer club as we are featuring some of the finalists we discovered when we recently judged CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition. Marble Brewery’s Chocolate Marble was crowned Champion and in a total coincidence we’d already featured it in our July Beer
I have the best bosses in the world. Nope–the UNIVERSE. Not only did they send me down to London to “network” at Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), but they also gave me the opportunity that a lot of people would give their left arm for: I got to be a
We’re just about to finish our first full week based out of the new Beer Hawk HQ’s. It’s been a rather massive project that included expanding the office space, painting, installing flooring, building new-and-improved-and-super-huge racking for the beer, buying a new fork lift (Chris’ favourite part) and moving. Oh, and
Ok, I’ll admit it: up until now the only beer mix I’ve ever had came in Irish Car Bomb form (you know, Guinness and Bailey’s à la Jagerbomb.) So, suffice it to say that this month’s Beer Blogging Friday topic of
Considering we’re a beer
So recently we got into a barney with one of our suppliers…that word supplier rather than brewery is important here as we’ve no quibble with the brewery it’s just that they aren’t the supplier of their own product. Instead they have chosen to grant sole import rights to one company
Having ticked off most of the beers I came down to try yesterday, randomness is going to be the strategy today. I don’t know what I’m going to go for, so the criteria for which beer I try is going to depend very much on where there’s a gap at
It’s certainly not every day that you get the chance to judge CAMRA’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition. There was no extra snooze for me when my morning alarm went off today. Like an excited schoolboy who wakes up and realises that
Brewdog’s founders James Watt & Martin Dickie on the future of craft beer and their all-time picks
So, you’ve not done bad for yourself. A TV show, a new brewery in the US, a huge bar and restaurant expansion. Are you still craft? What
Tendrils of fog creep through the dark streets, curling round the ankles of figures in masks and robes as they stomp through flurries of fallen leaves calling out “Trick or treat!” Yes, Halloween is just around the corner, and you can bet that
That Germany is a great beer country is indisputable. This is the country of Pilsners and Kellerbiers, Kolschs and Weissebiers. It’s where beer is served in foaming steins at tables of thirsty drinkers. The cornerstone of brewing is the Reinheitsgebot, a Purity law that celebrates its 500th birthday in 2016.
Well hi there! It’s been awhile since I’ve written but it truly isn’t you, it’s me. Or, well, my new baby boy. 10 weeks ago today the newest Beer Hawk legacy was born and his name is Jack. And now that
Beer Hawk is looking to take its online presence to the next level, and is therefore recruiting for a front-end web developer to rapidly accelerate development in this area. In a nutshell, we are looking for a highly motivated individual who is willing to develop their knowledge and experience to
After many afternoons tasting new beers all in the name of range analysis and overhaul we’ve decided it’s time to say goodbye to some of our stock in order to make room for the exciting new listings to the Beer Hawk range. We’ve included more selections from breweries we already
After the better part of a year working on my bosses trying to convince them of the virtues of canned beer, it appears as though they’ve finally accepted the truth: canned beer is great!
Cans for beer have come a long way since the 70’s and the 80’s–those terrible decades when
I’m glad that we’ve chosen the newly-minted And Union for our brewery of the month for February. For starters, since they’ve recently undergone a brand overhaul, it gives us the opportunity to bid adieu to “Brewers and Union” and welcome the tremendously simplified And Union. Secondly I must admit
It’s that time again–those who gazed wistfully out to sea from our western shores finally have their patience rewarded: the great Stone ship has steamed into port carrying delicious gifts from the new world! Sadly, the ship was a little smaller this time carrying with it just a few beauties
I’m pretty sure that the following words have never been said in this order “Hmmm, those Mikeller beers, you know, I can take just them or leave them”…IT’S IMPOSSIBLE AS THEY ARE JUST AMAZING!
If you’ve not come across Mikeller before then the synopsis of the story is that in 2006, Mikkel
On this, the opening of the Great American Beer Festival, I want to tell you about something really exciting that is happening in my hometown area. Transforming itself from a sleepy region where hearty Michiganders partake in hunting, water sports, and shoveling snow for six months out of the year,
A good few years ago (hence why I look so young and vibrant) I made one of the ultimate beer-pilgrimages: Munich’s Oktoberfest. So each year when the air starts getting crisp and the leaves start to change, I find myself reliving the memories of our trip to Germany. I crave
Veni, vidi, vici. Oh yes, Beer Hawk came, saw, and conquered this year’s Great British Beer Festival with gusto! Once again we were proud to be the sponsor of the Champion Bottled Beers of Britain bottle bar and found ourselves surrounded by not only the best bottled beer in the
Today it has come: today is Northern Monk Brew Co.’s first brew day in their new brewery site.
And it truly has been a long time in the works. I had my first contact with the nascent Northern Monk Brew Co. way back in early 2013 when it was still
Clearly, all beers have a description (otherwise you’ve had too many.) On the most basic level a beer can be described as light or dark, bitter or not, strong or weak. But how do you categorize a beer that’s amber coloured?
As Munich’s annual Oktoberfest grows in popularity, it seems that “Beer Price Inflation” is growing at an alarming rate. The average festival beer cost almost €10 this year, that’s up 3.6% on 2012, and nearly 2.5 times what they were in the early nineties (Source: UniCredit).
So although I had a few on the first day of GBBF, I was rushed off my feet chatting to assorted industry bods and apart from occasionally exclaiming “THIS IS AWESOME” I didn’t scribble down everything I tried. Happily though I’d assigned the Wednesday to be my tasting day and
Well this is exciting! It’s less than a week now until the annual beery shindig at London Olympia that is CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival. It’s the largest festival in Britain with over 50,000 beer-lovers expected to rock up