Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker0
Local Brewery News – News From Nottingham Brewery ND117
Philip Darby writes…
Phew what a scorcher! … It’s amazing what a bit of sunshine can do! People smile; they drink more beer and are generally more pleasant to each other. This coupled with the Lions drubbing the Aussies and our plucky Brit Murray following Fred Perry’s footsteps into the history books, only leaves success at Trent Bridge to make this another memorable summer.
Since the last issue we have produced two charity beers. One of which, although a bit of a rush job, was for Andy Heath of J.D.Wetherspoon fame and great stalwart of the LocAle cause, who cycled from London to Paris in 4 days to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research. The beer called “It’ll all end in Beers” at 3.9% was very well received in chosen hostelries around the town and pushed very hard at the Wollaton Cricket Club Festival at the end of June which, organised by Andy himself and Steve Goodrich, was a resounding success.
How time flies when you are having fun! Already we are looking at Beauvale Priory hosting another beer based extravaganza August bank holiday weekend with an even bigger variety of beers (mainly LocAles) along with the live music and great grub to follow on the amazing popularity of their debut fest in May.
The same bank holiday weekend sees the award winning Broadway Cinema bar and restaurant putting on a show of around 25 local brewery’s produce and showcasing a brew we are doing for them using a high proportion of local honey (and I mean ‘Local’ – the hive is on the roof!); the beer will not be heavily hopped to allow the natural honey flavour to come through. We are also looking at getting it organically accredited and perhaps not using finings to make it vegan as well… How many boxes does that tick?! The beer showcase will take place in the mezzanine bar and run from the Thursday right through to the Monday (stocks permitting).
Great Central Railway will also be hosting a bigger and better festival on the weekend of 20th September with 50+ beers from around the country over the length of the line from Loughborough to Leicester, stopping at Quorn in between. These events are fast becoming a “must do” for all those even remotely interested in railways and beer, and family friendly too! I don’t have a definitive list of beers yet, but a quirky aside to the story is that we are delivering the beer by steam engine! If that’s not worth a story on its own, what is?
The GBBF took place in early August and now all attention will be firmly fixed on the GREAT Nottingham Festival, THE showcase for all local breweries, alongside the plethora of further flung ones that “young Mr Westby” sources ever more of each year! We shall be proudly hosting our own beer tent down by the bandstand this year, assisted by our supporters from the various Wetherspoons pubs around the city. Please come and visit us in there and try some of our range of beers including the new King Erik a blonde, hoppy 5.2% premium bitter which is the new house beer in several local Pub People Co pubs.
Craig Sharpe-Wier of The Bell and Test Match fame and proponent of the LocAle CAMRA cause is re-opening the Tap & Tumbler on Wollaton Street. He proposes to stay true to the real ale cause with an opening line-up of local breweries (Nottingham included of course!) and it will return to its roots of hosting live bands and entertainment. With Craig’s past pedigree of keeping a good pint, it will soon become another watering hole to visit on the city centre circuit.