Hawskhead Brewery has announced it will build a new brewery, which will form part of a £3 million two-site brewery expansion scheme.

The Lake District brewer has agreed a deal with German manufacturer Krones to install a turn-key 40 Barrel (6,500 litre) rapid batch brewhouse, capable of multiple brews per day, on a site in South Cumbria near the existing brewery.

Hawkshead’s existing brewery at Staveley will continue its production, concentrating on small batch, specialist and limited edition beers. It currently produces 7,000 barrels (11,500 hectolitres) per year.

Head brewer, Matt Clarke, said: “Our current plant is the perfect size for innovation and experimentation. But we also need more volume. By adding the new Krones-Steinecker brewhouse, 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.”

The new brewery will be built on a site owned by Hawkshead’s parent company, Halewood International.

Halewood 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. Hawkshead is the real thing – an authentic modern craft brewery. We want to keep it that way, as it expands.”

Hawkskead founder and managing director, Alex Brodie, said: “The brewery is 15 years old and it has been straining at the leash for years. Halewood’s backing allows us to go to the next level.

“We will be expanding production of keg, can and bottle, but we will also grow cask. Cask ale is Britain’s craft. We believe in it and, more to the point, so do more beer lovers, especially here in the North.”