Fine Ale Fantasy, Castle Rock’s ale brewed specially for GameCity 3, Nottingham’s international gathering of game fans, received a 100% approval rating from the hundreds who sampled it on draught at the festival launch at the city’s Canalhouse pub. And for a select few, the pleasure came bottled in a limited edition of 24 – the first time Castle Rock Brewery has made a ‘one off’ available in this way.
The new beer was named by avid gamer Paul Treneary who wins a gallon of beer for his efforts. The design, featuring the first image from a yet-to-be-released video game, was created by world-acclaimed videogame artist Lorne Lanning, who supplied his original design from Berkeley, California.
GameCity director, Iain Simons says the festival has a duty to uphold its reputation as a time for celebrating the sensual pleasures of life. In his a speech welcoming international guests to the city, he thanked ‘the brilliant Castle Rock’ for their support and recommended Fine Ale Fantasy as a natural companion to a good video game.