History of Castle Rock
Castle Rock was originally founded in 1977 by former Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) chairman Chris Holmes, and was formed as “Tynemill”. Its first pub was The Old King’s Arms in Newark. The original idea was simple: create a friendly, welcoming pub and serve high quality beers, “I wanted to create a pub that I wanted to drink in and hoped there would be enough people like myself who would do the same.” said Chris.
Following the acquisition of more pubs, including the Swan in the Rushes in Loughborough and the famous Lincolnshire Poacher, the estate had grown to 12 pubs when the brewery itself was established as a partnership between Bramcote Brewery & Tynemill in 1997 (Bramcote have now stopped brewing). The site opened next door to the Vat & Fiddle in Nottingham, which is now the Castle Rock Brewery Tap.
From the opening of the brewery, production grew from 30 barrels a week to over 100 barrels a week in 2010. Adrian Redgrove was appointed in 2004 and the brewery went from strength to strength, producing high quality and consistent beers time after time after time. Word spread and Castle Rock’s reputation grew. Whilst it had never been the intention to move away from the successful Tynemill livery, Castle Rock Brewery did become the trading name of Tynemill as result of both customer confidence and our own confidence in both our award winning beers and our high class brewing team, believing it would prevent frequent consumer confusion between our two personas.
In 2010, with the second brewery bursting at the seams Castle Rock underwent a further expansion, with a whole host of new equipment and an increased capacity of 360 barrels a week. This tied in with Castle Rock’s Harvest Pale winning Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2010 at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival, at Earl’s Court. Demand for Harvest Pale & other Castle Rock beers further soared. Today the brewery continues to create innovative new beers, while remaining consistent and of exceptional high quality. That said we reassure our customers that it isn’t ‘job done’ and we will work hard to continue to provide the very best beers that we can possibly deliver.
Castle Rock’s beer is not only widely recognised and acclaimed, but equally so for its great selection of pubs, reflected in it being “Pub Group of the Year” in 2002, 2006 & 2008. Great Beer & Great Pubs, it’s what we love and we hope you do too!
We hope to see you soon.