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Our four special 2015 Nottinghamian Celebration Ales, celebrating the achievements of native-born and adopted sons and daughters of the city, are 'Brian Clough', 'Watson Fothergill', 'Dame Laura Knight' and 'James Shipstone'.

First in our series is ‘Brian Clough’, brewed with the assistance of Forest legend Kenny Burns aided by eager brewery staff at Castle Rock.

Lewis Townsend, who leads the team working on the celebration series, says the subject choice was an easy one to make. “We’ve been asked in letters, on line and across the bar to make a beer for Brian Clough and we deliberately held back until now to coincide with Forest’s significant anniversary in 2015.

“Watson Fothergill, who designed some of the city’s finest pubs including the Rose of England on Mansfield Road, was an obvious choice as was Dame Laura Knight, unique in her role as official artist in both the First and Second World Wars.

“We’re old friends of Richard Neale, the current owner of the Shipstone’s brand name, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with him to brew ‘James Shipstone’ for July.   We’re sure the ale will remind us all of the dynasty that introduced many Nottingham generations to the joys of real ale,” he says.

‘Brian Clough’, was brewed in late December in the company of Kenny Burns, formerly of Scotland, Nottingham Forest and other teams in Scotland and England. He was voted Footballer of the Year 1977-78 as Forest won the First Division title.

The Brian Clough pump clip

The Brian Clough pump clip