Beer Guides

  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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Best Valentine's Day Beer Gifts

    The 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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? 

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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. INTERVIEW: Sierra Nevada's Steve Grossman

    Peak brewing

    We speak to Sierra Nevada's beer ambassador Steve Grossman about Sierra Nevada's amazing past and what the future holds for the brewery

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  30. The History of Beer - Part 3 - by Pete Brown

    The History of Beer – Part 2 – Commercial Brewing

    The third part in an exclusive series of articles about the history of beer by one of the world's best beer writers

    For most of our history, beer has been drunk on the same premises it was made: in homes, monasteries, inns, taverns and alehouses.

    But naturally, some people are better at making beer than others, and from the Middle Ages onwards

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  31. Beer jargon buster

    Beer jargon buster

    There’s a lot of jargon, buzzwords and terminology floating around the beery world. Beer Hawk is here to help make sense of it all

    BEER
    Admittedly, not jargon, but we know it is the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drink in the world. Brewed using cereal grains and fermented.

    MALT
    Think of malt as the base of beer. It provides the sugar for alcohol, but also impacts on the colour and flavour.

    HOPS
    Hops are responsible for preservative qualities, imparting bitterness and giving flavour and aroma.

    YEAST
    A group of organisms that ferment sugars to alcohol and carbon dioxide. It also can add flavours to a beer.

    BOTTLE-CONDITIONED
    Naturally carbonated in the the bottle because of an additional fermentation from sugar added in packaging.

    ABV
    This is the measurement of alcohol in a solution described as ‘alcohol by volume’, in percentage terms.

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  32. VIDEO: The story of Founder's remarkable CBS

    CBS is here! This is the 'Canadian' version of KBS, one of the most sought after beers in the world. Watch the Founder's film about it's world-beating barrel ageing programme

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  33. The History of Beer - Part 2 - by Pete Brown

    The History of Beer – Part 2 – From ale to beer

    The second part in an exclusive series of articles by one of the world's best beer writers

    Wherever humans settle, they have always managed to ferment the local vegetation into booze. Depending where on Earth they are, some plants grow better than others. And while the climate has changed quite a bit over the centuries, grapes have always grown well in southern Europe, while grain has fared better in the north.

    So when the wine-loving Romans arrived in northern Europe, they were distinctly sniffy about the local beverage. The Emperor Julian is reputed to have written an ode to ‘wine made from barley’:

    Who made you and from what?
    By the true Bacchus I know you not.
    He smells of nectar
    But you smell of goat.

    Given the early recorded origins of beer in the Middle East, many have speculated how it made its way from there to northern Europe,

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  34. Tryanuary: Delve into the dark side

    Delve into the dark side

    If it is a dark, winter ale that you’re pining for...

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  35. What was your gateway beer?

    Beer Writer of the Year Adrian Tierney-Jones writes about the importance of the first beer that opened your eyes

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  36. PROFILE: Founders Brewing Co

    If there’s someone who doesn’t love at least one of Founders Brewing Co’s beers, we’re yet to find them. Maggie Cubbler visited Grand Rapids, Michigan, to find the secret of its adoration

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  37. Twas the beer before Christmas

    Christmas beers are more than just modern marketing, dating back at least into the 1600s  

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  38. Diary of a Christmas beer collaboration

    Diary of a Christmas collaboration

    Christmas CRCKR is a new collaboration between Beer Hawk, Fourpure and North Brewing Co. But why are collabs so important for the beer industry? Daniel Neilson finds out on brew day

    It’s 10am in Bermondsey, South London, and North Bar and North Brewing Co’s co-director John Gyngell and North Brewing Co’s Head Brewer, Seb Brink, are on their second cup of coffee in the Fourpure taproom. Meanwhile, James Johnson, our snapper, is getting in the way of the brewers mashing in. Bags and bags of malts – Belgian, German and British – are being thrown into the huge stainless steel tun. The grist, as the blend of malts is called, is about to be mashed. Brew day is here.

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  39. The best beers we tried this week

    Best beers we tried this week

    Amazing  beers have landed in the warehouse from De Molen, Fyne Ales, Brewski, Oud Beersel and Mondo Brewing. Here are our tasting notes

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  40. VIDEO: The best beers of the week

    Best beers of the week

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  41. Best new beers: Lost & Grounded, De Molen, Founders

    Best new beers of the week

    Beer Hawk's Beer Sherpa Patrick Gengler picks out his favourite new beers of the week including Lost & Grounded, De Molen, Founders, Haandbryggeriet and To Øl

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  42. VIDEO: The best new beers June 30

    Best new beers of the week

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  43. Brewgooder: Drink Beer, Give Water

    Brewgooder is a beer label that donates 100% of its profits to clean water projects around the world. We speak to co-founder Alan Mahon about this remarkable story.
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  44. Guest blog: Magic Rock’s taproom

    Following on from last week’s Beer Hawk University: Navigating the taproom, our Beer Sherpa Patrick Gengler visits Magic Rock’s Huddersfield taproom, and with it, gets a little taste from home.

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  45. Best new beers: Cloudwater, Rooster's, Thornbridge & Buxton

    Best new beers of the week

    This week, we've seen some amazing deliveries to the warehouse, including these delights from Cloudwater, Thornbridge, Buxton, Rooster's and Arbor. Not bad eh?

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  46. Best beers this week 19th May 2017

    Five best beers this week

    Dip into this eclectic global selection from Ireland, United States, Belgium, and Berkshire.

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  47. Malt of the Earth

    In celebration of BrewDog's stunning Semi-Skimmed Occultist launch, we look at what makes dark beers so complex and delicious

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  48. BrewDog's Born To Die 13.5.17: The verdict

    BrewDog's Born To Die is back. BrewDog's 'Terminally hopped' beer comes out every few months, and is defined by its drink by date. Here's some opinions from us... and you

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  49. What exactly is a saison?

    Beer Hawk's Beer Sommelier, Maggie Cubbler delves into the history of the saison

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  50. Founders KBS 2017: Our verdict

    KBS (Kentucky Bourbon Stout) from Founders is one of the most sought after beers in the world… It’s a remarkable barrel-aged stout that always gets 100 on RateBeer, and we’ve managed to get our hands on some. Cue much excitement in Beer Hawk HQ and a scramble to taste 2017’s offering. Here’s what we thought…
     

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