Nottingham Post readers and BBC Radio Nottingham listeners have helped Nottingham Castle’s official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard, pick the name for Castle Rock Brewery’s beer made to celebrate the city’s Robin Hood month in May 2010. From over 250 entries to the online poll, Tim picked The Sherwood Archer.
The name was suggested by Charlotte White of Mapperley. Charlotte, who joined the Sheriff and Robin Hood on the Castle Green for the official naming ceremony, won a range of Castle Rock goodies and an invitation to the Nottingham premier of the latest movie dedicated to her hero.
Charlotte says she is an avid fan of Robin Hood and the folklore that surround him and his merry men. She is a leading expert on the tales of Sherwood Forest and helps organise the robinhood.org website.
Castle Rock’s commercial director, Colin Wilde expressed surprise and delight at the number and quality of the entries received. “Other contenders were Alan Ad Ale, Longbow, Friar’s Frolic and Quiver; but Tim was adamant that The Sherwood Archer was the one. We’re all pleased that the name has come from Charlotte who we understand is one of Nottingham’s most enthusiastic Robin Hood fans. It couldn’t be more fitting that someone with her understanding of the great legend has scooped the prize.
“We really took to the name because it’s synonymous with Nottingham and the county and immediately identifiable with Robin Hood and we think it’s strong and robust and really memorable,” he said.
Colin added that he was delighted that beer brewing has become another talent in the local hero’s quiver, “No wonder his were merry men!”
The beer was officially named in a ceremony at Nottingham Castle attended by the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Leon Unczur and his lady Adela Hampson during the family attraction day on the castle green.
The beer, which will continue to be available on the Castle Green throughout May, and at the brewery tap, the Vat and Fiddle, was brewed last month when Tim spent a day with head brewer Adrian Redgrove at Castle Rock Brewery. There are plans for it be available again during the Nottingham CAMRA’s Robin Hood Beer Festival on the castle green in October.