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Castle Rock throws a two-day Yard Party in the brewery, with a beer festival, live music, street food and shenanigans.

Well, blimey. Our second Yard Party went down a storm! Over 1,000 of you graced us with your company, and over 2,000 pints of beer were consumed!

We’d pulled together the best beery minds of the company to curate a beer list of dreams, with our very own Session IPA being one of the biggest sellers (a’thank you). Beers from Magic Rock, Brew by Numbers and Australian brewery Kaiju sold out within hours. Liquid Light’s watermelon sour ‘Freak Out’, Warpigs’ IPA ‘Thirstin’ More’ and Thornbridge’s ‘Passionfruit and Blueberry Tart’ were some of our personal favourites – all especially excellent when enjoyed in the sunshine.

The bar was stocked up in our old cold store (which is available to hire, FYI), before party-goers spilled out into the brewery yard. We’d kitted it out with covered seating, a big truckin’ stage of live music, and street food from Smoqued and Big Melt.

On Saturday afternoon the Yard Party was family-friendly, with face-painting, a DJ, MAD inflatables and mascots.

Special thanks go to Steph and Gaz from the Maze, who enlisted some of the best musical talents from Notts to play for us. Afternoon acoustic gave way to evenings of funk, soul and hip-hop, and the Yard Party ended with a classic thanks to the Cartoon Beatles: Hey Jude.

This year, even an atmospheric crescent moon popped out to say hello. Lovely.

Here are some of the moments we captured.

(If you feature in any of these photos, please feel free to share them with credit to Castle Rock Brewery.)