The first pints were pulled at the Embankment by Trent Bridge and Meadow Lane, and at the Portland Leisure Centre, nearby in the Meadows. BBC East Midlands Today joined the celebrations for this adopted son of Nottingham.
Colin Slater, who was admitted to the football club’s Hall of Fame in 2014, is a long-time trustee of Notts County’s registered charity, Football in the Community. He says it was a big step on the part of the Board of Trustees to agree to take over the Portland Leisure Centre. He pays tribute to Football in the Community director Steve Hill and his staff for making the investment such a huge success. Colin, who has written about Notts since 1959 and covered their matches on BBC Radio Nottingham since the station opened in 1968, says he feels greatly honoured to be associated with Castle Rock’s Nottinghamian Celebration Ales.
Colin’s namesake beer is the first of a new batch of four Nottinghamian Celebration Ales for 2016 to explore our past while honouring local people. It’s a 4.2% dark ruby porter with strong aromas of roast malt with a rich, chocolaty, flavour.
“For the fans, I hope they raise a glass to our team and with each sip wish them all the best for the rest of the season, and on to greater things in the future,” says Colin.
Speaking for the brewery, Colin Wilde says, “Colin Slater is a Nottingham institution. He’s part of many a Nottinghamian sports fans’ upbringing over a long period time. He continues to put in a huge amount of effort for both Notts County and their invaluable Football in the Community programme. It’s only right we recognise Colin’s work and by doing so we hope to encourage even more people get involved with the projects at the Portland Leisure Centre.”
Castle Rock Brewery’s Nottinghamian Celebration Ales series, which began in 2010 and whose sporting connections include Carl Froch, Bendigo and Brian Clough, will go on in 2016 to honour D H Lawrence, Andy Turner and Florence Boot. ‘Colin Slater’ will be available at bars across the city between January and March, and will be permanently available at the Embankment and the Vat and Fiddle between these months.