(l-r) Hilary Silvester, The Embankment’s Shereen Hutchinson and Colin Wilde, Castle Rock Brewery
Hilary Silvester, a leading member of Nottingham’s influential Civic Society, is the name on our autumn Nottinghamian Celebration Ale. The 29th in the series, the real ale continues to honour the daughters and sons of Nottingham and the county who have made an outstanding contribution to our lives.
Hilary has been a member of Nottingham Civic Society for over 30 years and is currently the society’s executive chair. Much of her time is spent in activities on behalf of Nottingham’s environment, including its historical buildings and townscape.
As she poured the first pint for her friends at the Embankment, she said how much she is honoured to have a beer with her name on it. “And I’m proud to celebrate Nottingham Civic Society’s role in supporting those organisations such as Castle Rock who are doing so much to conserve and enhance our city’s heritage.”
‘Hilary Silvester’, the ale, is a 4.2 per cent ABV ale which brewer, Jon Edger, says is unique; truly a first for Castle Rock. “We’ve included pelletised lupulin powder which is essentially pure resin and aroma extracted from the hop. It’s the first in a series of experiments using this ingredient, and we’re excited about the results. Whatever happens, we expect the beer to be fresh and citrusy with a strong malty backbone.”
‘Hilary Silvester’ is on sale at pubs across the East Midlands and Yorkshire.
Castle Rock Brewery’s Nottinghamian Celebration Ales series, which began in 2010 and whose environmental connections include Watson Fothergill and Harry Wheatcroft, will begin 2018 with ‘Dennis McCarthy’, an ale to mark BBC Radio Nottingham’s 50th anniversary.