Beer Hawk Blog

  1. 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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  2. The Complete 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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  3. Spooktacular Halloween Beer

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. How to Have Oktoberfest At Home

    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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  7. PerfectDraft - The true cost of a pint

    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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  8. Top 10 Father's Day Beer Gifts ideas

    Top 10 Father's Day Beer Gifts ideas

    Father’s Day, 21st June 2020, 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 10 Father’s Day craft beer gifts.
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  9. Going NOLO

    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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  10. Belgian Beers – what’s the fuss all about?

    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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  11. Lagers from across the world

    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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  12. Announcing the Save The Pubs Campaign

    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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  13. Our Craft Beer Advent Calendar as seen on This Morning

    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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  14. An Interview with Salt Beer Factory

    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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  15. Is the Future of Beer Non-Alcoholic?

    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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  16. How to host a successful beer tasting night on a budget

    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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  17. Gordon Brown - UK Craft Beer Revolution Hero?

    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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  18. Introducing Tynt Meadow

    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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  19. We’re joining forces with BeerBods

    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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  20. 10 of the best Fruit Beers you should try

    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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  21. Learn everything you need to know about PerfectDraft

    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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  22. Learn why is Belgian beer so damn good

    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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  23. 8 Most Romantic Craft Beers for Valentines

    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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  24. Homebrew essentials #3: Mashing in

    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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  25. Camden's 2018 barrel-aged lager released

    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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  26. What is RateBeer and why should you care?

    What is RateBeer and why should you care?

    What is RateBeer and why should you care? 

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  27. How to make amazing IPA in 8 easy steps

    How to make amazing IPA in 8 easy steps

    Homebrewing is much easier than you think. Here's how to make an amazing IPA in 8 simple steps.

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  28. What we are drinking #2: Anthony

    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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  29. A Touch of Prost is here!

    A Touch of Prost is here!

    A Touch of Prost is our exclusive Oktoberfest collaboration with Tempest Brew Co, one of the country's best new breweries. Pick it up now!

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  30. What we are drinking #1: Ellie

    What we are drinking #1: Ellie

    Welcome to the first in a new series featuring the current favourite beers of Beer Hawk staff. First up is Ellie who chooses Magic Rock's High Wire Grapefruit


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  31. Beer Hawk's Advent Calendar is back... and WOW!

    Beer Hawk's Advent Calendar is back... and WOW!

    Beer Hawk's Craft Beer Advent Calendar is better than ever. 24 incredible beers including 9 exclusive to Beer Hawk. Plus a free tasting kit (worth £20) plus incredible prizes (think all-expenses-paid trips to the USA) and loads more 

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  32. 8 things you need to know about low and no alcohol beers

    8 things you need to know about low and no alcohol beers

    8 things you need to know about low alcohol and no alcohol beers 

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  33. Homebrew essentials #2: Heating water

    Homebrew essentials #2: Heating water

    The brewday continues in part two of, frankly many parts. It is, is all about heating water. 'Easy' you say? Well, in true homebrew style, we've managed to overcomplicate it, and put in a formula.
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  34. Classic food pairing: Steak Tartare

    Classic food pairing: Steak Tartare

    Known as a Filet Américain in Belgium, the steak tartare is one of the great dishes. But what to pair with it? Our Beer Sommelier Maggie Cubbler picks out a classic

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  35. BHU: Let's Do This!

    BHU: Let's Do This!

    This week at Beer Hawk University we're going to get prepped to homebrew last week's recipe for the Mosaic golden ale. The time has come!

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  36. INTERVIEW: Siren Craft Beer

    INTERVIEW: Siren Craft Beer

    Siren Craft Brew is one of the country's most innovative breweries. We chat to founder Darron Anley and Head Brewer Kyle Larsen to find out why

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  37. INTERVIEW: Dave Stone of Wylam Brewery

    INTERVIEW: Dave Stone of Wylam Brewery

    As well as probably having the country's most beautiful brewery, Wylam is also making some of the country's most interesting beers. We caught up with director Dave Stone
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  38. Homebrew: electric kettle or burner?

    Homebrew: electric kettle or burner?

    Both the propane burner and electric kettle have their advantages, but for reliability and speed, the burner is our preference

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  39. Brewery interview: Inside BrewDog

    Brewery interview: Inside BrewDog

    John Allen is a man with a big responsibility as the BrewDog’s Brewing Manager. In this interview, he talks about BrewDog’s ethos, how it became so successful and some of the beer he’s loving right now.  
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  40. Homebrew essentials #1: Preparation

    Homebrew essentials #1: Preparation

    In the first of our (virtual) cut-out-and-keep homebrewing course, we're looking at preparation – it'll make your brewday go much more smoothly

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  41. PerfectDraft Con 2018 tickets are NOW LIVE!

    PerfectDraft Con 2018 tickets are NOW LIVE!

    On the day we'll have a food van selling tasty treats, as well as bottled beers and soft drinks at our paid beer bar.
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  42. INTERVIEW: Northern Monk Brewing Co

    INTERVIEW: Northern Monk Brewing Co

    Northern Monk Brewing Co amazing rise continues in a new brewery. We catch up with Head Brewer Brian Dickson who charts its rise and learn about his favourite beers

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  43. Homebrew recipe: Dry Irish Stout

    Homebrew recipe: Dry Irish Stout

    Bold, dry, rich and delicious, here's our easy homebrew recipe for a classic: the Dry Irish Stout. A noticeable roasted character with a rather high hop bitterness.

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  44. Hops: Pellets vs whole cone

    Hops: Pellets vs whole cone

    We only answer the important questions here at Beer Hawk and this week it is: should you be using pelletised (real word!) hops or whole cone

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  45. Crossing borders

    Crossing borders

    English vs US IPAs, Bohemian Pilsner vs German Pils, Belgian Witbier vs German Weissbier. How exactly do the same beer styles differ in different countries?

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  46. Goose Island brew course and tasting, including Bourbon County Stout

    Goose Island brew course and tasting

    Join Goose Island brewer Austin Niestrom to taste and make beers at UBrew in London

    Goose Island Beer Company, the brewery who brought Bourbon County Stout into the world back in 1992, want to teach you how they brew dark beer. Goose Island Brewer Austin Niestrom is flying in from Chicago to hold an exclusive brew course at Ubrew, where you'll brew a recipe that was inspired by one of the brewery's exclusive Fulton & Wood series. It’s a sweet porter recipe inspired by a beer called Real Nice Surprise which was released in 2015. Once your beer's fermented and bottled, you'll be able to swing by and collect roughly 15 bottles to take home.

    In the downtime between boiling, mashing and pitching Austin will be taking you through an in-depth tasting of both rare and unreleased b

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  47. BHU: Perfecting the Recipe

    BHU: Perfecting the Recipe

    This week at Beer Hawk University, we're going to take a closer look at the BeerSmith software. This software is vital in creating a fantastic homebrew recipe.

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  48. Beer Hawk Uni: Brew Day!

    Beer Hawk Uni: Brew Day!

    Now that we know what basic ingredients and kit we need to make a beer, it's now onto the fun stuff! Since most of the brewers we've "met" along this trip probably started as homebrewers, it makes sense that we plan our first homebrewing recipe. It's almost brew day!

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  49. Is this the ultimate beer shed?

    Is this the ultimate beer shed?

    When we put a shout-out for the best beer sheds on the Perfect Draft Facebook group, we didn't expect this

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  50. Do you need a hot liquor tank?

    Do you need a hot liquor tank?

    Why a hot liquor tank will make your brewday go quicker

    There are several methods for heating water depending on your set up. Our chosen method is to use a hot liquor tank (HLT). This is an essential part of a large scale brewery, but it is optional when homebrewing. This separate insulated vessel is useful for several reasons.

    The HLT is used in the first instance just before mashing. Once the water for the mash is heated to the right temperature, it is then decanted into the HLT. The water from the HLT is then used during the mash. By moving the water from the kettle to the HLT, you can then immediately fill up the kettle and heat it up for the sparge water. Without an HLT you'll find yourself waiting for the sparge water once you've freed it up. We've also found the HLT much easier to physically move around if you need that a scolding hot kettle. It keeps the heat brilliantly.

    One of most useful

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