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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.
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.
We're proud to have featured again with This Morning, showcasing with the best advent calendars you can buy for Advent this year!
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.
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.
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!
We love a good pun, almost as much as a good beer. This Beer Hawk collaboration with Scotland’s Tempest Brew Co is both.Tempest Brew Co is a new brewery based in Tweedbank, on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. It’s a beautiful part of the country, one full of rushing rivers and sprightly springs. It’s the perfect place for a brewery, and Tempest is a brewery that has excelled in a short space of time, winning Scottish Brewery of the Year in 2016, and entering RateBeer’s Top 100 Breweries in the World in 2017… an incredible achievement. After tasting the beers ourselves, we knew that we wanted to be involved with them. And quickly. Beer Buyer Paul Marshall was the one who made the first contact. He said: “We have only been working together for a short while, but the standard of brewing and beers such as their ‘All The Leaves are Brown’ (Brown Ale, 10.5%) and ‘Mexicake’ (Imperial Stout, 11%) caught my attention instantly.”So when we wanted to create a beer for Oktoberfest, Tempest Brew Co was the first brewery we asked. “This was very much an ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’ situation,” Paul said. “I decided to ask them if they would be willing to collaborate with us to create something special for Oktoberfest, and the answer we received was much more than I expected! Not only were we granted access to help determine the recipe, we were allowed to design the label and come up with a name for the beer also!”And so here is the genesis of the name too. Another ‘Oktoberfest style pun had been done to death, so working back from the word ‘prost’, the German word for ‘cheers’ that is shouted over wooden benches in Munich’s Oktoberfest, they came up with ‘A Touch of Prost’. A great pun, and a loving nod to one of the best comedians the UK has ever produced, David Jason. The star, of course, of the TV detective drama, A Touch of Frost. See what we did?
So what of the beer? It’s Festbier, the type of Marzen that is brewed especially for Oktoberfest, but with a slight difference. It’s a light pale version, brewed with oats and wheat to give it a swishy, foamy head on top of a lightly sweet, effervescent body. The hops offer notes of pine on the nose, and there’s a light sourness to it, adding the final part of the jigsaw that makes this beer supremely drinkable. Prost indeed!