1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. Join us for free (amazing) beer tastings at GBBF

    Join us for free (amazing) beer tastings at GBBF

    Beer Hawk will be bringing our beer garden and Crafty Camper at this year’s Great British Beer Festival. Join us for free tastings, great competitions, sneak peeks at our stunning new homebrew gear and pick up a copy of Hoptical, our free beer magazine.

    We’ll be holding four tasting every day of the festival (1pm, 4,pm, 7pm and 9.30pm) – and wow do we have some brilliant beer to try: Rodenbach Grand Cru, Wild Beer Co’s Sleeping Lemons, Orval, Augustiner Helles, Wicked Weed’s Brettaberry and many more.

    You’ll also be in with a chance to win free beer for a year with our Beer Club, or perhaps a homebrew starter kit worth £100. Every entry will get a £5 discount off the official Champion Bottled Beer of Britain case.

    Our very own

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  6. Calling all Manchester area beer drinkers!

    Calling all Manchester area beer drinkers!

    If any of you fancy some free beer, Patrick (Beer Hawk’s Beer Sherpa and Content Guy) is hosting a tasting at the Manchester House of Fraser from noon to 4pm on Sunday the 18th of June, yup on Father’s Day. Bring your Dad down to the store for a bit of free beer and some fun beerducation.

    Patrick will be giving you the rundown on a few different beer styles, how they came about and what the main flavour contributing ingredients are.

    As an added bonus, the 'ticket' for your session also happens to be a £5 gift voucher for your next shop on


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  7. Three unmissable beery events in February

    Three unmissable beery events in February

    With Craft Beer Rising, the National Winter Ales Festival and Liverpool Beer Festival, February 2017 is shaping up to be a brilliantly beery month.


    Liverpool Beer Festival / Feb 15-18

    The amazing Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Brownlow Hill, is the location for this CAMRA festival in what is becoming a superb beer city.

    National Winter Ales Festival / Feb 21-25

    More than 18,000 people attended last year’s amazing festival. Expect even more this year. As well as beers at the festival site, there will be special pub venues nearby in the city to sample a few more festival beers  and experience the great Norwich pub culture. It's called The Fringe and will run from Saturday 18th February to Saturday 25th. (Logo by Caz Jones)


    Craft Beer Rising / Feb 23-25


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  8. Steel City Beer Festival returns to Kelham Island

    For the third year in a row, the Steel City Beer & Cider festival will take over Kelham Island Museum for four days in October. From Wednesday 19th through to Saturday 22nd, real ales fans will descend on the iconic building on Alma Street, Sheffield.

    Over 300 real ales and ciders will be available, with a particular emphasis on Sheffield 's own breweries. An additional room has increased capacity and will feature the festival's first Craft Keg bar, as well as an international bottle bar.


    Festival Organiser Louise Singleton said: "The Festival has found its spiritual home in Sheffield's 'Valley of Beer' and this year's extra capacity will enable even more visitors to see what a fantastic event this is."

    Live music features on three of the evenings, with soul band The Basement on Thursday, rock n roll locals Vegas 6 on Friday, finishing with rockabilly band The Slingshots

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  9. Beer Diary: October

    Just because winter is coming doesn't mean that the beer calendar slows down. In fact, it's a great chance to try some of the winter ales that breweries are releasing. Here are some of the best events, both CAMRA and independent, and events where we'll be. Let us know about your events by emailing


    Oct 12-15 / Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival. The much loved festival returns to Nottingham Castle.


    Oct 14-15 / Cambridge Octoberfest. The 10th Cambridge CAMRA festival features all the Munich Oktoberfest beers.


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  10. Having a Beer with Cloudwater Brew Co.'s Paul Jones

    Meet-the-Brewer: Cloudwater Brew Co.

    Last night a few of us Hawkers made our way over to Harrogate's Major Tom's Social to greet the super friendly--and Beard Champion of the Year™--Paul Jones, Co-Founder, of Cloudwater Brew Co. This Q&A MTB was a great time not only to try six of their current beers but also dig a little deeper into the mind of Mr. Jones, Cloudwater Brew Co.'s ethos and Major Tom's delicious pizza. We'd just like to share some of the evening's best quotes so you, too, can see what they're all about. And for those keeping score: our favourite beer of the evening was the White IPA.

    Top Insights into Cloudwater Brew Co.

    "It feels good to have our customers drink our beer as fresh as possible."

    --On the silver lining to not having enough stock to meet demand.

    "If we find someone who is making the best IPA out there, that [beer] i
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  11. The Celt Experience at Friends of Ham

    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 I've got a good 10 weeks with the chillest, happiest baby ever under my belt, Mama's ready to leave the boy with Daddy and go back on the bottle.

    Even though there's a little festival called the Great British Beer Festival going on down in London this week, I managed to only hop on a train to Leeds. Baby steps, you know? Yet, fortunately, one of the UK's most interesting breweries--The Celt Experience--made their way up to the always-fabulous Friends of Ham for an exciting evening of sour beer and cheese matching.

    I've always been impressed with the wide variety of beers produced by the Caerphilly, Wales-based Celt Experience brewery; whether it was their superb Ogham range or a fantastic beer

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