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  • FIRST 100 TAPROOM VISITORS ON SATURDAY GET A FREE CAN OF GRAFF!

    FIRST 100 TAPROOM VISITORS ON SATURDAY GET A FREE CAN OF GRAFF!

    Saturday 24th Feb 2018

    11am-11pm

    We can't wait to unleash our new Graff in the Taproom this Saturday 24th Feb! To celebrate, we're giving away a free can to the first 100 Hawkers who join us on Saturday.

    Come on down! In the meantime, here's something to whet your appetite with our launch film...

  • THE WORLDS OF BEER AND CIDER COLLIDE TO CREATE ‘GRAFF’, THE UK’S FIRST FERMENTED HYBRID

    THE WORLDS OF BEER AND CIDER COLLIDE TO CREATE ‘GRAFF’, THE UK’S FIRST FERMENTED HYBRID

    Monday 19th February, 2018

    The world of cider is changing forever this week, as we launch Graff, the UK’s first ever co- fermented hybrid of beer and cider to be made by cidermakers.

    When it comes to cider, we feel it is high time to stop playing by the rules that leaves cider lagging behind others categories. So, 2018 is going to be the year that we stand up as the saviours of the cider industry.  Graff is an embodiment of just that, a unique, improbable marriage of beer and cider that defies all conventions and parameters.

    Check our launch film here!

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    Made on-site in our London cidery, this new addition to our core range has been skilfully created to push our own understanding of cider, moving it into new and exciting places. Braeburn and Bramley apples are fermented with a caramelised and malty beer wort, with American Ale and Sauvignon Blanc yeasts added to create the complexity in the liquid.

    Graff will be officially unveiled to the trade and drinkers on Thursday 22nd February at Craft Beer Rising.  We will also be launching at our Taproom on Saturday, 24th where we will be offering free cans to the first 100 customers  

    Announced today after more than six months of concept and development, Graff was inspired by our Stateside visits to cider maker and brewer friends. We’ve made it a reality thanks to a combination of our unique approach and passion for cider making, alongside our Chief Cider Maker’s brewing heritage and artistry.

    Graff is also set to feature in our exciting upcoming collaboration range, as we work with leading UK and global craft brewers in a series of special one-off partnerships in Graff style.

    The liquid is currently available in our Taproom both on draft and in our 330ml can,  whilst customers can also purchase it online at www.wearehawkes.com/shop. Drinkers will also be able to sample the Graff in the leading edge Barworks sites .

    Simon Wright, Chief Hawker, Hawkes says:

    “I’m extremely proud to unveil our Graff today, the latest addition to our family. I believe this is a landmark day for cider, and proof of what the industry can achieve when we push ourselves to innovate. The Graff defines the very purpose of Hawkes which is to challenge ourselves to create industry leading liquids , then take it to the masses, defining a new genre of cidermaker . 2018 is going to be a hugely exciting year for the whole team at Hawkes, and this is the first step of our mission to save the UK cider market from itself.” 

    About Graff:

    -         Style:                    Co-Fermented hybrid of cider & beer

    -         Apples:                 Braeburn and Bramley

    -         Hops:                   Amarillo and Cascade

    -         Yeast:                    American Ale and Sauvignon Blanc X5

    -         Size:                      330ml can and keg

    -         ABV:                     5.4%

    -         Price:                     £10 for case of four

    Graff is the latest exciting to our range of craft ciders, made on-site in our unique urban cidery. It joins our hero Urban Orchard, available in both Apple and Mixed Berry, Elephants on Ice Winter Cider, and our single variety special, Soul Trader.  The range also includes our eponymous Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

    Tasting Notes, provided by Roberto Basilico, Chief Cider Maker, Hawkes:

     “The blend of hops gently opens the nose to the aroma of crusty bread. Combining the maltiness of grains with the sharpness of fruit, it delivers an intense mouthfeel evoking memories of continental beer, against the subtle sweetness of pure apple juice.”

  • Cheese and Cider Pairing!

    Cheese and Cider Pairing!

    Saturday 17th February

    5pm - 6pm

    Join expert cheesemonger Sam from Cellarman for an hour of pure artisan cheese and cider pairing indulgence!

    We've teamed up with @CellarmanSam to bring you a unique experience - tasting cheese sourced that day from Borough Market. You'll try three different cheeses each paired with a different craft cider from our Taproom. You'll also receive a complimentary bottle of Urban Orchard cider.

    Tickets are just £15, and you can either book up in advance or join us on the day! here!

  • Wassail Party!

    Wassail Party!

    Saturday 20th January

    11am-11pm

    Wassail was the ancient Medieval ritual that pagans celebrated to awaken the cider tree gods and promote a good harvest. Today, we aren’t expecting you to dance around trees, but our twist on Wassail includes great live DJs, cracking craft cider and proper party!

    We'll be open as usual on Saturday with the addition of our authentic Wassail Punch bowls, made using our Urban Orchard cider bases.

    We'll also have some guest DJs joining us for the evening, so come and join us for the best free entry party in town!

     

     

  • The Hour of Power is Here!

    The Hour of Power is Here!

    Every Wednesday - Friday

    6-8pm

    Help us support the brilliant @Tryanuray campaign by trying something new this Jan! We're launching the "Hour of Power", 6-8pm every Weds-Fri, with selected ciders for just £3 a pint. So embrace #Tryanuary and support craft drinks!

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  • Our new winter cider - Elephants On Ice!

    Our new winter cider - Elephants On Ice!

    11th November 2017

    Today we are launching our brand new mulled winter cider - Elephants on Ice! 

    The winter of 1814 gave us London’s last ever Frost Fair, held on the frozen River Thames, and scene to probably its only elephant crossing. Today, scholars say the gathering would be seen as a cross between a street market and an illegal rave. We say that our Elephants on Ice cider is the perfect Hawkes homage to a long gone but awesome winter party.

    Perfect served as a mulled cider, Elephants on Ice tastes just as good cold. Keep the party going by visiting the Taproom today!

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  • Hold the presses! (Don't worry, not the apple ones)

    Hold the presses! (Don't worry, not the apple ones)

    You already knew we were making waves, now the Evening Standard have confirmed it! Hot on the heels of The Times and BBC Saturday Kitchen Live, it's been another busy week in the press, with both ES Magazine and the FT.com visiting our cidery. 

    You can read the full story in the ES Magazine here:

    The FT.com came and met us as part of their new online series "Making It" - exploring up and comers in the food and drink industry. We reckon Simon and Roberto are starting to get their on-screen banter down to a T...check out the video here:

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  • Celebrate your Christmas Party with Us!

    Celebrate your Christmas Party with Us!

    Christmas 2017

    The Hawkes Cidery & Taproom is officially open for Christmas Party bookings! We've teamed up with our chef friends at SOKA to lay on a fantastic 3-course Christmas sharing feast for your group, all in the surroundings of London's only cidery. For groups of 25 people and more, we'll even throw in free exclusive hire of the whole Taproom. Nice. 

    Check out our menu below and package options here: HAWKES-CHRISTMAS-SHARING-FEAST-MENU.pdf

    Call us on 0203 903 8387 or email us on taproom@wearehawkes.com and we'd love to see if we can help! All dietary requirements accommodated 

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  • Saturday Kitchen Live at the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom

    Saturday Kitchen Live at the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom

    Sat 21st October, 2017

    If you were attending our Soul Trader launch, then we'll excuse you for missing this, but on Sat 21st October we had the BBC Saturday Kitchen cameras in for a little snoop around the Taproom. Check out the feature here! 

  • Introducing...Soul Trader...our single variety cider

    Introducing...Soul Trader...our single variety cider

    Saturday 21st October

    We are delighted to announce the launch of Soul Trader, the brand new single variety cider, and the newest member of our evolving range of craft ciders.

    Taking inspiration from the entrepreneurial spirit that drives London life, Soul Trader is made from just a single variety of 2017 discovery apples and fermented on-site by Roberto Basilico, our Chief Cider Maker. 

    You can order a bottle of Soul Trader online, right here in our online shop. 

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  • NEW TOUR! Urban Cider Making Masterclass

    NEW TOUR! Urban Cider Making Masterclass

    Sat 11th November

    11AM - 2.30PM

    It's official, our Hawkes Cidery and Taproom tours are up and running! On Sat 11th November, we have limited spaces for an Urban Cider Making Masterclass with Roberto. Learn the secrets of cider production, then make your own in the Cidery! 

    For tickets and full information, visit our Eventbrite page right...here 

     

  • Live Apple Pressing at the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom!

    Live Apple Pressing at the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom!

    Sat 30th September

    3pm - 5pm

    As part of our Apple Donor Weekend celebrations, we are firing up London's only urban commercial apple press for our live pressing event! 

    Donate your own apples at the Taproom before 3pm, and they could be pressed before your eyes by Roberto and Theo, our cider makers extraordinaire! 

    If you can't make it down, there are still loads of way to get involved with the weekend, with Apple Donor Stations springing up all over London - find out your nearest donor spot here: 

  • It's Apple Donor Weekend - Find your nearest #AppleDonor Station!

    It's Apple Donor Weekend - Find your nearest #AppleDonor Station!

    Sat 30th Sept until Sun 1st Oct

    As we approach the end of September, our #AppleDonorWeekend is almost upon us! We are going to be celebrating at the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom with our epic apple pressing event – more details here so join us on Saturday!

    But this is where it gets really epic. All over the capital this weekend, we have amazing community centres who have signed up as #AppleDonorStations to be big part of our festival. Taking part couldn’t be easier…

    If you donate apples to your local station, then you will not only be helping to fight food waste, but also making a big contribution to your local project. For every apple donated, we will be buying them back from the #DonorStation at 20% above market value. Nice. To sweeten the deal, you will also receive a card from your station entitling you to 10% off at our Taproom – result!

    There are some awesome events planned, so find your local station below, click on their name for more information, and we hope to see you there! You can also check out our handy map on the Apple Donors page:

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  • HAWKES SCOOPS AWARD NOMINATION FOR OUR #APPLEDONOR CAMPAIGN

    HAWKES SCOOPS AWARD NOMINATION FOR OUR #APPLEDONOR CAMPAIGN

    21st August

    We're pretty pumped that our #AppleDonor campaign has been nominated for Best Corporate Social Responsibility  at the 2017 Beer and Cider Marketing Awards!

    It's great timing, as we are rolling out our bigger than ever #AppleDonor campaign for this year, check out more here

    You can read all about the different categories and nominations HERE 

    The big night is on the 21st September at The Old Brewery, so plenty of time for us to get our Hawkes t-shirts nicely pressed and ironed. Raise an Urban Orchard to celebrate, or better still bring down your apples and become an #AppleDonor! 

  • COMING SOON: #AppleDonors - IT'S BACK!

    COMING SOON: #AppleDonors - IT'S BACK!

    August until October 2017

    We’re nearly ready to announce our plans for #AppleDonors 2017, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before! Visit our #AppleDonors page for more information, and keep and eye out on our social media for updates.

    Most apples don’t start to fall until September but if you have apples that are ready NOW, then don’t worry! You can visit us at the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom and we will be able to exchange them for our Urban Orchard cider. Just let us know if you are coming in! 

  • A Bluffers Guide to Tasting Craft Cider - tasting with Gabe Cook

    A Bluffers Guide to Tasting Craft Cider - tasting with Gabe Cook

    Weds 9th August

    7.30pm

    Join us at the home of Hawkes for the ultimate craft cider tasting with the @Ciderologist! Together we’ll take a journey through the emerging world of craft cider, taking in diverse drinks from London, France, Spain and across the UK.
    In total we will sample six ciders across a range of different styles, including Perry, Ice, Dry and Keeved cider, all under the artful guide of TV cider expert Gabe Cook. See you there!

    Tickets cost £30 and include a free stonebaked pizza! 
    You can purchase tickets at the Taproom or online here at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-bluffers-guide-to-tasting-craft-cider-tickets-36069952198

  • IMBIBE LIVE - After Show Party!

    IMBIBE LIVE - After Show Party!

    Monday 3rd July

    6.30pm

    Did someone say… “AFTER SHOW PARTY”??!! Come and join our friends at Imbibe right here at the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom next Monday 3rd July, for a cracking Imbibe Live after party. Imbibe Live is taking place at London Olympia on the 3rd and 4th July, and is one of the leading drinks trade events of the year. You can get your tickets for the show here, but all are welcome to join us back in SE1 for our Urban Orchard craft cider, stonebaked pizzas and more! See you there… 

  • Hawkes Cidery & Taproom Launch

    Hawkes Cidery & Taproom Launch

    Tue 6th June

    THE CIDER REVOLUTION HITS THE CAPITAL WITH LONDON’S FIRST URBAN CIDERY & TAPROOM

    Hawkes is excited to announce the launch of the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom, London’s first ever urban cidery, and the latest step in our mission to change the face of UK cider forever. 

    Located on the famous ‘Bermondsey Beer Mile’ just off Maltby Street Market, our cidery is now officially open and set to be the heart and soul of craft cider production in London. Launching on the back of substantial external investment into our brand, the new premium production facility will enable Hawkes to explore and push the boundaries of modern cider making in a unique urban setting. 

    The dedicated cider taproom will be offering our ever-evolving menu of craft drinks including our flagship Urban Orchard and Ginger Beer products, alongside a range of guest UK and world craft ciders. As well as that, our new venue will also play host to a range of unique experiences that will bring the world of cider alive, including:

    * Exclusive cider making workshops and tours with our Chief Cider Maker, walking through every aspect of our cider production and finishing with a complimentary tasting

    * A small batch, research and development range, curated on-site and experimenting with unique blends and flavours, barrel aging cider and pushing product innovation

    * Matching cider to food with an exclusive menu of stone baked pizzas specially designed to complement the draught ciders being served on tap

    Since 2014 we’ve been on a journey to drive a revolution in a craft cider category which has been needlessly left trailing behind the likes of beer and spirits. Our first innovation saw us fight food waste using unloved and donated London apples in our cider, and now the first ever London cidery is ripping up the rule book to create the ultimate destination for cider lovers in the capital. 

    Simon Wright, Chief Hawker of Hawkes said: 

    “Cider has spent too long in the background, and that needs to end now.  In building London’s first urban cidery we’ve created a place where people can fully immerse themselves in the true potential of cider, sample our world class liquids and learn how to make, taste and enjoy this wonderful drink. 

    The world of cider is so wonderful and diverse. That’s why we are calling on other cider makers to work with us to educate the masses on how they use their orchards and distinct fruit varieties to craft their own ciders. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to welcoming the public to the Hawkes Cidery & Taproom to play their part in the cider revolution.” 

  • Herefordshire Cider Week at the Taproom!

    Herefordshire Cider Week at the Taproom!

    Sat 9th December, 2017

    14:00 - 15:00

    Next week we are heading West for the first of our Taproom Takeovers, celebrating the great and good of Herefordshire Cider! From Weds 6th through Sun 10th we're going to be stocking some brilliant Herefordshire liquid on draft and in the fridge, from some really cool craft producers. 

    As a special guest on Sat 9th December, local cider legend Tom Oliver will be joining us in the Taproom from 2pm for an exclusive Q&A and tasting session. Tom will be talking about what makes Herefordshire unique and showcasing his range of Oliver's ciders - which is an experience not to be missed. 

    Click here to reserve your FREE ticket today! Taproom Takeover layout 21 5