A ‘LITTLER’ version of an already popular beer made at Hawkshead Brewery is to be launched in Staveley today (Saturday)

Named after the Maori word for ‘little’, It is the second beer that Hawkshead, Staveley, has brewed using only New Zealand hops.

Head Brewer Matt Clarke said: “This new beer is the little brother of NZPA (New Zealand Pale Ale) which is one of our stronger beers at six per cent.

“In brewing it we have done something quite rare in that we have brewed a ‘littler’, more accessible version.”

It is a 3.5 per cent pale ale, brewed with low colour Maris Otter pale malt and several New Zealand hops.

Available in cask and keg, the ale joins the brewery’s portfolio of modern hop forward beers which already includes NZPA, first brewed in July 2011.

Mr Clarke added: “The pale malt base used in brewing it is the perfect showcase for New Zealand hops.”

It is officially launched in Staveley at The Beer Hall, Hawkshead Brewery, this weekend (May 17 and 18).