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19th March 2024

Heft & Lakes Brew Co collaborate as they set about ‘Disrupting Stereotypes’

Inspired by International Women’s Day Nicola Tickle co-owner of Michelin starred Heft,  Newton in Cartmel, has teamed up with Michelle Gay co-founder of multi-award-winning artisan brewery, Lakes Brew Co, Kendal, to create a limited-edition beer – ‘Disrupting Stereotypes’ a double dry hopped IPA.

Disrupting Stereotypes is the first of a series of beer collaborations between the teams at Heft and Lakes Brew Co. The brew has been inspired by both Nicola and Michelle’s years of working in the hospitality industry and the many strong, independent women they’ve met and continue to meet, who have set out to break down barriers and lead the way in making the hospitality and brewing industries better places for everyone to work.

Due to be released at Easter, this 6.5% ABV IPA, made with Phantasm, Superdelic, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops, and a new and innovative yeast strain, delivers subtle juicy flavours and is  bursting with tropical fruits and citrus.

Nicola, already a fan of Lakes Brew Co, started stocking their beers on seasonal rotation at Heft as soon as they opened the doors in 2021. Inevitably the relationship between the two businesses blossomed as a result, and a collaboration was always going to be on the cards.

There’s no doubt that the two joining forces has led to them creating something really special – But you’d better get your skates on as there’s only limited availability. Disrupting Stereotypes can be purchased over the bar at Heft or direct from Lakes Brew Co directly or from their webshop.

Nicola Tickle said: ‘’Lakes Brew Co’s and Heft share a very similar ethos and outlook, with both being rooted in their surroundings. We particularly wanted to work with Lakes Brew Co as they’re at the forefront of the craft beer scene, and have been since they started the brewery in 2020, creating really different vibrant beers that everyone can enjoy.’’

Michelle Gay, Lakes Brew Co co-founder remarked: “We’re massively excited to work with Nicola and the Heft team. Between us we’ve got some exciting ideas that we’ll look to develop in the coming months. Ideas that will hopefully make people sit up and take notice and hopefully at the same time show an entirely new beer drinking audience just how versatile and flavoursome beer can be.”

Disrupting Stereotypes is available to buy direct from the Heft or from Lakes Brew Co direct from the brewery in keg or is available in cans from their webstore:


Notes to Editors:

1/ For further information about Heft, High Newton, or to book at table visit: or email:

2/ For further information about Lakes Brew Co visit:

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