The news coincides with the launch of Hawkshead’s organic stout in the US, which the firm said it believes is the first such British product to be sold there, and definitely the only one made by a small craft brewery.
Hawkshead sent its first shipment of 4,500 bottles of its organic stout to Massachusetts-based distributor St Killians in early June, which will supply the drink to outlets across the US.
Sales manager Anne Jones said: “Roman Dombrowski of St. Killian threw down the challenge and we picked it up.
“This all began at the Las Vegas beer trade fair in 2009. We weren’t even showcasing the Organic Stout, because of the problems getting US accreditation, but I took a couple of bottles in my luggage anyway, and that’s the one which got Roman interested.”