Beer Hawk Blog

  1. How to Match Food & Beer: A Primer

    Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
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  2. Behind the Barrel: Wood-Aged Craft Beer

    Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive.  Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood

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  3. How to Detect Off Flavours In Your Beer

    While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.

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  4. Top 7 Father's Day Beer Gifts ideas

    Father’s Day, 20th June 2021, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer-loving Dad, then check out our top 7 Father’s Day beer gifts.
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  5. The Pros & Cons of Canned Beer in 2021

    Another can spins off the line at Stone Brewing’s new brewery in Berlin. The speed of the whole process is astonishing, a matter of seconds from empty can to filled and sealed. Those amazing hop aromas that Stone Brewing’s IPA is known for are locked in, only to escape as you release the swirling lemon, pine, grapefruit aromas in one of the world’s best IPAs. Cans are the perfect container for this beer. And here’s why.
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  6. Style Feature: British Beers

    As we know, beer has had an impact on cultures around the world for thousands of years. While the importance of our favourite beverage has shifted in some societies over time, today we're going to discuss British beers! The United Kingdom is one of the most prominent beer nations in the world, so here's a deep dive into some of their most historic or well-known styles.
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  7. Relax and Have a Beer

    For eons, beer, like food, has been at the centre of the table connecting people. Friendships solidified over a common pint. Is this not enough? Our beer sommelier, Maggie Cubbler, shares her concerns about how beer is starting to take itself way too seriously.

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  8. BHU: How to Pour & Serve Beer

    We've been discussing how to taste beer but this week at Beer Hawk University we'll be going over how a great taproom properly serves a beer so that we can get the most of its fantastic flavour. Serving temperature, glassware and even the pour itself counts!

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  9. Porter vs. Stout: What's the Difference?

    Ah, the age-old battle between porters and stouts. Both are dark, craft beer styles...but how are the two different from each other? If you were looking at the two side by side, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the stout from the porter, but if you give them a careful whiff and a swig, there's certain differences you *might* be able to taste and smell (or should be able to taste/smell depending on which beer nerd you talk to). But the biggest differences between the two styles are historical.
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  10. 2021 Beer Hawk Easter Beer Gift Box - 5 Beers, a glass, and chocolate tokens

    A Beery Easter Basket

    Our Beer Sommelier, Maggie Cubbler, discusses some of her favourite beers that will be fantastic along with--or instead of--your Easter chocolates. Your move, Easter Bunny.

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  11. Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Wooden Table Filled with Beer and Wine and Flowers in the Background

    Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    Mother's Day is on the horizon, Sunday 14th March to be precise! It's the perfect time to say "cheers" for everything she's done for you throughout the years. This year's Mother's day is going to be a little different, with most of us unable to go round and visit some of those mums, step-mums, grandparents or best motherly influences in our lives. We know shopping for a gift can be a tricky task, so we've pulled together a couple of cracking presents to make life a little easier!
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  12. What Is Craft Beer - Small Stein of Beer with Beer Bottle and Bread in the Background

    What Is Craft Beer?

    Craft beer is a common term used to describe many of the beers we drink today, but what, exactly, is craft beer? When did the term become popular, and what does the future of craft beer look like for the UK and across the globe?
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  13. Pilsner Beer Style Feature - 3 Beer Bottles - Budweiser, Modelo, Stella Artois

    Style Feature: Pilsner

    This Style Feature will walk you through all things Pilsner. The Pilsner, a lager style beer, has a rich history that's been carried across the world. Learn about where pilsners come from, what they taste like and how the style is defined, and our recommended Pilsners to order online and get in your fridge today.
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  14. PerfectDraft Keg Stock Update - 15 February, 2021

    An Update on PerfectDraft Keg Stock

    Update 16:00 15/02/21:

    We have received confirmation that 100% of the expected deliveries are due to arrive tonight (15 February, 2021). This will help us replenish with stock of Stella, Lowenbrau, Thornbridge, Ginette and more. We are also expecting more deliveries tomorrow and every day this week.

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  15. Calories In A Beer | Beer Hawk Blog Header

    How Many Calories Are In a Beer?

    Whether you're trying to stick to your New Year's Resolution or hoping to shed some weight put on during lockdown, understanding the calories in beer can be a helpful first step to getting you back on track. Trying to figure out how many calories are in your beer can be a daunting task, so here's a few tips to help you understand your beer calorie consumption.
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  16. Best Valentine's Day Beer Gifts

    Best Valentine's Day Beer Gifts

    Struggling to find the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Look no further; we've got you covered with the best beer for Cupid's holiday. Whether you're looking for a romantic mixed case or a case of your special someone's favourite style, nothing says "I Love You" quite like craft beer.
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  17. How Beer Is Made

    How Beer Is Made

    Sweet, sweet beer. The magical drink that makes the world go 'round. If you're like many beer drinkers, you just head to your bottle shop or buy beer online and don't think twice about how the beautiful golden liquid came to be. But if your curiosity is begging you to learn more, here's the secret process to creating beer at home from just a few perfect ingredients: water, grains, yeast, and hops.
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  18. Style Feature- Lagers vs Ales - Lager Mixed Case Beer Cans and Bottles

    Style Feature: Lagers vs. Ales

    Most beer that's been brewed can be classified as one of two beer types: either a lager or an ale. But how can you tell the difference? What makes a lager a lager, and an ale an ale? Keep reading to learn more about how they're made, and what types of flavours, aromas, and appearances you can expect from either beer type. By the time you're done, you'll know how to talk about beer like a pro!
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  19. Beer of the Month Club - Live Tasting Video With Beer Cans in Front of Laptop

    Beer of the Month Club

    Looking for an easy way to try out new craft beer without putting in any effort? The BeerBods Beer of the Month Club is the easiest, most affordable way to do just that! “The unexpected beers from BeerBods send you on a journey of discovery. I wouldn’t have tried half of the beers I have if they hadn’t come from BeerBods.” --Iain, BeerBods Subscriber

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  20. Style Feature - IPA Blog Post with Beer Hawk Flute Glass and CLWB Tropica Beer Can

    Style Feature: IPA Beer

    Ode to the IPA: the beer style that’s loved by craft beer drinkers across the world. It seems as though every brewery, no matter how big or small, has a flagship IPA in their lineup. But what exactly makes a beer an IPA? Where did it start, what does the style look like today, and where can you buy the best IPAs online? Keep reading to find out.
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  21. Cheers to Dry January - Tips, Tricks, and Best Alcohol Free Beers

    Dry January? Try these alcohol-free beers

    Planning to partake in Dry January this year? Good news! Low alcohol and alcohol free beer has evolved into a wide selection of beers with outstanding flavour profiles. So sit back, crack open an NA beer, and reset your body for the year to come!

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  22. Beer Hawk Christmas Gift Guide 2020

    The Ultimate Guide to 2020 Beer Hawk Christmas Gifts and Mixed Cases

    Every year, Beer Hawk releases a lineup of limited edition craft beer mixed cases for the holiday season. Christmas in 2020 may look a little different due to, you know, a global pandemic, so the team at Beer Hawk have put together the best Christmas beer gifts to put a smile on everyone’s face this year.

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  23. Top 5 Secret Santa Gifts for 2020

    Best Secret Santa Beer Gifts 2020

    Secret Santa gift exchanges have gone virtual in 2020, so we’re here to make sure you deliver the best gift possible…beer! While you can never go wrong when gifting some craft beverages, we’ve put together a couple of gifts that will help you win Christmas this year without breaking the bank.
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  24. Fight Prostate Cancer with (Alcohol Free) Beer

    Throughout the entire month of November, Beer Hawk will be donating £10 for every £25 case of the Prostate Cancer UK Low & No Alcohol Mixed Case! Alcohol-free beers have been all the rage recently, and this mixed case does not disappoint. Drink beer while fighting a good cause; this is a win-win for everyone!
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  25. 8 Things You Need To Know About Low and No-Alcohol Beers

    Non-alcoholic beer ranges from 0.0% to 0.5% alcohol, and are gaining popularity as more people are seeking alcohol free alternative beverages for a variety of reasons. From Pilsners to Stouts and everything in between, low and no-alcohol beers are available from breweries around the world, and they are 100% worth celebrating. Here's what you should know about these alcohol-free beers, as well as a few favourites offered online at Beer Hawk:
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  26. Hoppy Christmas, the Craft Beer Advent Calendar is Back!

    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 doors were always a bit rubbish. How would you like to recapture that childhood magic, but with bottles of delicious beer instead of powdery chocolate? Sounds amazing, right? In that case, you need to get your hands on our Craft Beer Advent Calendar.
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  27. Spooktacular Halloween Beer

    Want an article full of terrible puns? No? How about these fangtatsic beers? Here's a list of the top beers for Halloween and the best scary movies to pair with them for the spookiest day of the year!

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  28. Oktoberfest 101 Recipes

    Oktoberfest 101: Recipes

    We don’t want you drinking on an empty stomach, so we have popped together recipes for two absolute staples from Oktoberfest, pretzels and roast chicken! Enjoy!
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  29. Ein Prosit Oktoberfest Blog Header

    Ein Prosit! A German Toast to Oktoberfest

    That time is upon us again--it's Oktoberfest! A festival that started in 1810--initially as a celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig's wedding but had morphed over the years to include horse-racing and an autumn festival--has ultimately found its identity as a place to drink liters upon liters of deliciously drinkable Oktoberfest beer while being enchanted by smells of grilled meat, pretzels, and roughly six million people all trying to use the same toilets. Although in-person festivals won’t be happening in 2020 due to the global pandemic crisis, we can still all toast ein prosit! with each other from a distance.

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  30. How to Have Oktoberfest At Home

    Unfortunately, Munich's famed Oktoberfest, and Oktoberfest celebrations all over the world aren’t happening this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. And while it's impossible to duplicate the atmosphere (do you really want to pour beer all over your floor?) here are some ways to have your own Oktoberfest at home. And then go sleep in your own bed.

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  31. PerfectDraft - The true cost of a pint

    Did you know the price of a pint on PerfectDraft starts from just £2.34? Let me show you how.
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  32. Going NOLO

    I’m going to take you back into the not-so distant past - let’s say 2012. You’re out with friends/family/a loved one (or two, no judgment here) and you find yourself at the bar. Unfortunately for you, you are ‘dezzy’ (aka designated driver)/have to be up early in the morning with a clear head/doing dry January/are pregnant - whatever the reason, not a drop of alcohol can pass your lips that evening. Well, your choices as you stand in front of this wonderfully carved oak bar are tap water or something chock full of enamel rotting sugar that can shine up a 2 pence piece just by looking at it. From a drinks perspective, this is not a great night… and you may have to book a dentist appointment soon.
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  33. Belgian Beers – what’s the fuss all about?

    Belgium might be a small country, but it’s one that’s home to arguably the world’s most influential breweries, which have given us a huge catalogue of epically interesting beer styles.
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  34. Lagers from across the world

    From Germany to Brazil, Czech Republic to the UK, Australia to the USA, Mexico to South Africa - lager is brewed all over the world and it is the world’s best-selling beer style. Why? Quite frankly, because it is epic! Easy drinking, thirst-quenching and a great accompaniment to food. Not bad for a style that started out in the cold, dark caves of the Bavaria region in Germany back in the day.
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  35. Announcing the Save The Pubs Campaign

    Today we’re launching the Hospitality Support Alliance. Along with our friends at Master of Malt, we’ll be donating £1 for every order placed on our websites over the next month to support hospitality workers who are struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19 crisis.
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  36. Our Craft Beer Advent Calendar as seen on This Morning

    We're proud to have featured again with This Morning, showcasing with the best advent calendars you can buy for Advent this year!
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  37. An Interview with Salt Beer Factory

    This week we launch the range of Salt Beer Factory beers on the site and what better way to introduce a new brewery to our beer hunters than to have a good 'ole fashioned interview with Nadir Zairi, Director of the Yorkshire based brewery in Saltaire.
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  38. Is the Future of Beer Non-Alcoholic?

    There are signs that Non-Alcoholic beer is hitting the mainstream and is poised to hit the big time, but just how popular will it become? In this article I’ll look at some of the signs that show ‘NOLO’ (non or low alcoholic) beer is becoming a serious player in our industry, and how its development might progress in the UK.
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  39. How to host a successful beer tasting night on a budget

    After trying out our very own World Beers mixed case for a beer tasting party, Christie Day, Brand Expert at money-saving website Savoo shares her tips for hosting a top beer tasting night on a budget.

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  40. Gordon Brown - UK Craft Beer Revolution Hero?

    Ask someone down the pub for the reasons behind Britain’s recent Beer revival, and you’re guaranteed all sorts of different explanations. In 2017 the number of UK breweries passed the 2000 mark, which puts us well ahead of European neighbours. Most will have a reasonable argument for why, but you can bet your double-dry hopped DIPA that very few of them would mention Gordon Brown, ex-PM and former Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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  41. Introducing Tynt Meadow

    The UK's first Trappist brewery has launched with the delicious Tynt Meadow. Read the amazing story behind it here.

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  42. We’re joining forces with BeerBods

    We’ll be working with BeerBods to help build the UK’s leading retailer of craft beer.
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  43. 10 of the best Fruit Beers you should try

    Our top ranked and reviewed fruit beers by our customers plus a few of our favourites, including a collab between To Øl and Pohjala. Tantalise your tastebuds this Summer with these punchy fruit beers.

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  44. Learn everything you need to know about PerfectDraft

    If you find yourself reading this, it’s probably for one of two reasons. Either you’ve made the sound decision and invested in a Phillips PerfectDraft Machine and want to learn more about it; or it could be that you’re still on the fence and are asking yourself “Should I buy a PerfectDraft?”. Hopefully this nifty little guide will put your mind at ease and quell any doubts or concerns you have.
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  45. Learn why is Belgian beer so damn good

    If you’re not already into craft beer then hopefully you’re thinking about it but may not know where to start, so if that’s the case then I’ve got a suggestion: start with Belgian beer as that’s exactly where my adventure began.

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  46. 8 Most Romantic Craft Beers for Valentines

    In case you missed the explosion of teddy bears and chocolate roses love is apparently in the air. And while you’ve been trying to decide on the perfect Valentine gift for other half this year, we've been busy scouring the shelves for the most tenuous Valentine’s Day-related beers we could find. Enjoy.
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  47. Homebrew essentials #3: Mashing in

    Mashing in is the process that extracts all the fermentable sugars from the malt. It's one of the most important steps for all-grain brewing and here's how to do it.  

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  48. Camden's 2018 barrel-aged lager released

    Camden Town Brewery’s Beer 2018 is inspired by a classic German Pilsner and the Old Fashioned cocktail. And it's stunning.
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  49. What is RateBeer and why should you care?

    What is RateBeer and why should you care? 

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  50. What we are drinking #2: Anthony

    It's the second in a new series featuring the favourite beers of Beer Hawk staff. Up now is Anthony who is loving the German classic, Flensburger Gold

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