(l-r) Rob Eastwood, representing Tiny Rebel; Simon King, Abstract Jungle; Keith Meadows, GMS; Colin Wilde, Castle Rock Brewery; Matt Ashford, Oakham Ales; Geoff Newton and Chris Holmes, Castle Rock Brewery; Allen Hogan, Hogan’s Cider; George Timms, Thornbridge; Helen Jarvis; Joe Noble, Pentrich Brewing; and Nick Folkard, Black Iris
Great results in the year’s other election
Thanks to customers at pubs in the East Midlands and Yorkshire, Black Iris Brewery’s Snake Eyes is Castle Rock Brewery’s 2016-17 beer of the year. Black Iris, which operates in the Basford area of Nottingham, is owned and run by Nick Folkard and Alex Wilson.
Nick Folkard says: “We’re extremely grateful that Snake Eyes has been chosen as this year’s beer of the year. Winning this for the second year in a row was a huge surprise to us, and we’d like to sincerely thank all the managers, staff, and of course customers of Castle Rock pubs for the amazing level of support that we continue to receive from them. We would also like to thank everyone whose hard work in organising and setting everything up made the presentation night run so flawlessly.”
“Lastly, we wish Castle Rock Brewery the very happiest of birthdays! Here’s to 40 more – cheers!”
The award for brewer of the year has gone to Tiny Rebel of Newport, Wales, in a ballot that includes our managers as well as customers. As usual, voting is restricted to guest beers only as those from Castle Rock Brewery are not eligible.
Now in its 18th year of competition, the awards were presented alongside those for best new brewer, Pentrich Brewing based in Ripley; best LocAle brewer Abstract Jungle; best cider Hogan’s Panking Pole; and best supplier,GMS, at an event during Castle Rock’s 40th anniversary beer festival in Nottingham. The presentation was hosted by Castle Rock Brewery chairman, Geoff Newton, and attended by the founder Chris Holmes.
In his presentation Geoff Newton thanked all the brewers, cider makers and staff and suppliers for coming along: “This year, we’ve had even more votes cast than previously. Again this shows how interest in, and knowledge of, cask ales flourishes as the quality of the products in the marketplace continues to grow.”
“Black Iris’s Snake Eyes has once again proved to be our customer’s favourite. It’s a juicy and sessionable pale ale brewed by two young men based up the road in Basford. Well done to them and we wish them continued success,” said Geoff.
Runners up for beer of the year were Thornbridge with Jaipur, and Oakham Ales Citra.