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Castle Rock Brewery has decided to break the habits of a lifetime and brew a supposedly ‘one off’ real ale twice. The decision follows the remarkable success of its Screech Owl in a competition at the Robin Hood Beer Festival held for the first time at Nottingham Castle last weekend. Screech Owl I.P.A. won the Supreme Champion award at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) midlands region beer competition, but only a few people have had a chance to find out why.

In a blind tasting of 172 of the region’s beers, the judges first chose Screech Owl as the champion in the strong bitter category before judging it against the other category winners for the top honour. In the runoff, Screech Owl came head to head with Black Gold, another Castle Rock beer which had lived up to its name by winning gold in the mild beer category.

Now, brewers at Castle Rock are to brew a further 7,500 pints to make it available at pubs across Nottingham including the Vat and Fiddle, Bread and Bitter, Kean’s Head and Stratford Haven.

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Screech Owl is one of twelve ‘wildlife’ ales being brewed this year to support the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Adopt a Species’ campaign. It is a 5.5% abv traditional India Pale Ale created by Castle Rock head brewer, Adrian Redgrove, who received the supreme champion gold award from the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Brian Grocock, and ‘Robin Hood’, Tim Pollard on the Castle Green.

Now plans are in hand for Screech Owl I.P.A. to be permanently available in the New Year.

According to commercial director, Colin Wilde, this is not the first time a Castle Rock ‘one off’ special beer has been judged worthy of a longer life. “Our Harvest Pale which became the national Champion Bitter of Britain in 2007, was originally brewed for the Nottingham Beer Festival as ‘Trammie Dodger’ to mark the arrival of Nottingham’s tram system and it quickly won the same SIBA Midlands Supreme Champion award back in early 2004. I’m delighted that once again our brewer has created an award winning beer and serving the Supreme Champion Beer over our bar at the world famous Nottingham Castle was a very proud moment for us all at Castle Rock. We’re now pleased we’ve been able to give more people the opportunity to try it in the coming weeks.”

Erin McDaid of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who chose the beer’s unusual name says, “Screech Owl is a regional name for the well known barn owl. Its ghostly white face and shrieking call made it synonymous with death in historic literature with the most famous mention, perhaps, being in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ where an owl screeches after Macbeth murders King Duncan. I am really glad the name has brought anything but bad luck to the wildlife patrons at Castle Rock Brewery.”

Castle Rock Brewery has decided to break the habits of a lifetime and brew a supposedly ‘one off’ real ale twice. The decision follows the remarkable success of its Screech Owl in a competition at the Robin Hood Beer Festival held for the first time at Nottingham Castle last weekend. Screech Owl I.P.A. won the Supreme Champion award at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) midlands region beer competition, but only a few people have had a chance to find out why.

In a blind tasting of 172 of the region’s beers, the judges first chose Screech Owl as the champion in the strong bitter category before judging it against the other category winners for the top honour. In the runoff, Screech Owl came head to head with Black Gold, another Castle Rock beer which had lived up to its name by winning gold in the mild beer category.

Now, brewers at Castle Rock are to brew a further 7,500 pints to make it available at pubs across Nottingham including the Vat and Fiddle, Bread and Bitter, Kean’s Head and Stratford Haven.

Screech Owl is one of twelve ‘wildlife’ ales being brewed this year to support the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Adopt a Species’ campaign. It is a 5.5% abv traditional India Pale Ale created by Castle Rock head brewer, Adrian Redgrove, who received the supreme champion gold award from the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Brian Grocock, and ‘Robin Hood’, Tim Pollard on the Castle Green.

Now plans are in hand for Screech Owl I.P.A. to be permanently available in the New Year.

According to commercial director, Colin Wilde, this is not the first time a Castle Rock ‘one off’ special beer has been judged worthy of a longer life. “Our Harvest Pale which became the national Champion Bitter of Britain in 2007, was originally brewed for the Nottingham Beer Festival as ‘Trammie Dodger’ to mark the arrival of Nottingham’s tram system and it quickly won the same SIBA Midlands Supreme Champion award back in early 2004. I’m delighted that once again our brewer has created an award winning beer and serving the Supreme Champion Beer over our bar at the world famous Nottingham Castle was a very proud moment for us all at Castle Rock. We’re now pleased we’ve been able to give more people the opportunity to try it in the coming weeks.”

Erin McDaid of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who chose the beer’s unusual name says, “Screech Owl is a regional name for the well known barn owl. Its ghostly white face and shrieking call made it synonymous with death in historic literature with the most famous mention, perhaps, being in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ where an owl screeches after Macbeth murders King Duncan. I am really glad the name has brought anything but bad luck to the wildlife patrons at Castle Rock Brewery.”