Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker0
Local Brewery News – News From Blue Monkey
John Hickling writes…
Loughborough Pub of the Year!
We’re chuffed to bits that the Loughborough and North Leicestershire CAMRA branch have voted our Loughborough Organ Grinder pub as their Pub of the Year 2013. It’s a great tribute to Luke and his team there, and it’s really nice to see all their hard work recognised. Loughborough is only 17 minutes from Nottingham by train, so it’s well worth a trip down there to see what the fuss is about. The Organ Grinder is less than 15 minutes walk from Loughborough station – just enough to build up an appetite for a pint! Speaking of which…
Loughborough Organ Grinder Beer Festival
To celebrate Loughborough Organ Grinder’s first birthday, we’re having a beer festival over the late August bank holiday weekend. It kicks off at noon on 22nd August, and will run until Sunday 25th (or until the beer runs out!). There’ll be loads of great beers and ciders, including some Blue Monkey specials that you may not have seen before. There’ll also be live music and food. Plans are still being finalised as we go to press, so check out the pub’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oglough closer to the time for more information.
Keg beers now in both pubs.
I know this is a potentially controversial issue to discuss in a CAMRA magazine, but you might want to know that Blue Monkey keg beers are now available permanently in our Nottingham and Loughborough pubs. Don’t worry, we’ll never move away from cask ale – both pubs are serving more of that than ever. Instead, we’ve removed mass produced and imported keg products from the bar to be replaced by our own locally crafted beers, which we think has to be a good thing. We’ll be trialling different products in keg over the next few months, so why not try them and let us know what you think?
Plans for three more fermenters
Business keeps on booming here at Blue Monkey towers, and yet again we’re struggling to keep up with demand. The good news is that we’ve got three additional fermenters on order together with a few hundred more casks, so we’ll soon be able to get another 100 or so firkins out the door each week. They just can’t arrive soon enough! Both the casks and the fermenters are made in Burton, so it’s great to know that as we grow we’re not only creating much needed jobs in our brewery, but also giving business to local manufacturing firms.
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