Hawkshead Brewery announces expansion plan

Hawkshead Brewery in the Lake District has agreed a £3 million deal with German company Krones to build a new ‘state-of-the-art’ brewery.

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At a site near the existing brewery in south Cumbria, Krones will install a turn-key 40 barrel (6,500 litre) rapid-batch brewhouse which will operate alongside the existing 7,000 barrel (11,500 hectolitre) site.

Head brewer, Matt Clarke, said: “Our current 20 barrel plant is the perfect size for innovation and experimentation. But we also need more volume. By adding the new Krones-Steinecker brew house, the best in the business, we will free up space at Staveley for more small-batch projects, including our barrel-ageing programme.

“For the first time, we will have space, space to breathe and to grow.”

Funding for the expansion has been provided by Hawkshead’s parent company, Halewood International. CEO Stewart Hainsworth said: “Hawkshead make great beers and cannot keep up with demand. We are investing both in a new brewery and in the existing one – to grow Hawkshead but also to protect and develop its wide portfolio of innovative limited edition beers.”

For Krones, a leading supplier of packaging machinery and brewhouses, this is the first such commission in the UK and the UK sales director, Mark Heath, said it was an “important and innovative Project” for the company.

He continued: “It will be a showcase for us, demonstrating how rapid-batch brewing can future-proof a modern small brewery, giving it volume without the need to install a huge brew-house.”

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