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Castle Rock Brewery has added a stout to its current permanent range of seven cask ales with the introduction of Sherwood Reserve.

The dark ale, brewed to 4.5% abv, is described as rich in taste with much of its bitterness coming from the intensely roasted malt.

In common with all our Natural Selection range, Sherwood Reserve sales will boost the funds of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust with an emphasis towards the trees, animals and landscapes in the ancient forest of Sherwood that once sprawled over much of Nottinghamshire.

Deep in the woods: Castle Rock’s Lewis Townsend with Rachel Rutherford from Notts Wildlife Trust and a couple of beers

Deep in the woods: Castle Rock’s Lewis Townsend with Rachel Rutherford from Notts Wildlife Trust and a couple of beers

Erin McDaid of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the organisation that will receive the funds, says what remains of the ancient and widespread Sherwood Forest is under threat. “We’re committed to protecting the wildlife of Sherwood Forest and through our Champions of Sherwood campaign we’re working with partners such as Castle Rock to restore and reconnect its fragmented landscape.

“To this end, we’ve set up a restoration fund to give everyone a chance to be part of the next chapter in the Sherwood Forest story.”
Lewis Townsend, who leads our wildlife themed Natural Selection range, says he is delighted to be launching the brewery’s first permanent stout. “This is not only in response to a growing demand for such an ale from customers, but it also adds to our great relationship with the Nottinghamshire Trust.

“We hope drinkers enjoy Sherwood Reserve in the anticipation that the ale’s name will continue to raise awareness of the trust’s work to restore and maintain some of our endangered natural environments,” says Lewis.

Head brewer Adrian Redgrove describes it as having a rich aroma of coffee and chocolate and; “I think drinkers will find the hop character quite delicate,” he says.

In the 14 years’ association between Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Castle Rock Brewery, over £130,000 funding has been released thanks to the efforts of real ale drinkers and the contribution built in to their purchases.