Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s John Everitt took on the role of barman at the Vat and Fiddle to serve pint number one from the first regular brew of Screech Owl, a beer that has become a permanent addition to the Castle Rock range.
The beer, created as a supposed ‘one off’ in October 2008 as the month’s ‘Natural Selection’ beer in support of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, went on to win the champion of champions’ award at the 2008 Society of Independent Brewer’s regional beer competition held during the CAMRA Nottingham Beer Festival at Nottingham Castle. So great was the impact on the public, fellow brewers and judges, who singled it out from 172 other beers, that the decision was made to add Screech Owl to the range.
Castle Rock’s commercial director, Colin Wilde, says the beer is an harmonious fit in the brewery’s output. “At 5.5% alcohol, it will complete our list which begins with Sheriff’s Tipple at the low alcohol end and climbs through Harvest Pale, Preservation and Elsie Mo in each of the recognised beer strength categories.”
Some of the first regular Screech Owl brew was delivered to the Canalhouse on Canal Street, Nottingham, to join 54 other real ales being judged in the Society of Independent Brewers national beer competition that took place on Thursday 12 February.