(l-r) Jetlag’s family; Esther Kikouki, Gabriele Conti-Kikouki, and Gianfranco (Frankie) Conti at The Embankment
For Gianfranco Conti, who named the beer in a competition open to all airport employees, it meant the prize of a slap up meal for him and his family at his local, The Embankment at Trent Bridge. Gianfranco, 43, is a driver who has worked at East Midlands Airport in the passenger services team for two years. He says the name Jetlag is so obviously right. “When you think about a beer and its association with travel, what springs to mind. Enjoyment of course, but sometimes tinged with a bit of a head,” he says. “I love the dark design of the label. It certainly captures the essence of jetlag with its clock showing time going in the wrong direction and the bright eye staring out.”
Jetlag joins Castle Rock’s Harvest Pale to make two locally brewed real ales available at the airport’s tap room and kitchen. It’s arrival coincided with the opening of the newly extended bar and dining area.
(l-r) Mat Gibbons, HMS Host; Heidi Barlow, head of marketing, East Midlands Airport; bar operator, Sally Bennett; Matt Gatley, HMS Host, and Castle Rock Brewery chairman, Geoff Newton serving the first Jetlag
Heidi Barlow, head of marketing East Midlands Airport, says the 40 per cent increase in service area is ready for the summer season. “Over our three years of working with Castle Rock Brewery, we’ve seen numbers and appreciation of the tap room rise steadily. Now, with the improved layout, and increased space, we can look forward to serving more people and maintaining the high levels of customer satisfaction throughout East Midlands Airport.”
The Castle Rock Tap Room and Kitchen at East Midlands Airport is operated by HMS Host Corporation, owned by Autogrill S.P.A., a world leader in food an beverage concessions in airports.