The Idea was Simple
When Chris Holmes opened the Old King’s Arms in Newark, it was an act of defiance against an industry dominated by monopolistic brewers. It was niche, believe it or not, to focus on real ale in homely surroundings.
The brewery opened twenty years later and, in 2010, we were catapulted into the spotlight when Harvest Pale was crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain. We now have over twenty pubs in the Castle Rock extended family, brew a huge variety of skilfully crafted beers, and work hard to have a positive impact on the world around us.
Running great pubs and brewing great beer is still our humble life’s mission.
Castle Rock beers are brewed in Nottingham on our 65HL brewery, with a 160L pilot brewing kit for trials and experiments.
We source our malts and hops from a selection of trusted, quality suppliers, and many Castle Rock beers are fermented with our meticulously managed in-house wet yeast culture, which gives our beers their distinct edge.
The Castle Rock family is made up of an eclectic mix of venues across the East Midlands, including city-centre craft beer bars, traditional country pubs, and community-led pubs in the leafy suburbs. Each Castle Rock pub is as unique as the next.
We don’t believe in a “one size” approach to our pubs. We tailor everything we do the needs and wants of the community that each pub serves, while always upholding the values that matter most to us.
Brewer’s Notes – Steal My Sunshine
Check out our latest brew, Steal My Sunshine. It's a delicious dry hop pale with pine, citrus and assertive bitterness, balanced with subtle caramel notes. Brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Chinook hops.
Brewer’s Notes – On the Spritz
Castle Rock Brewery welcomed Turning Point Brew Co. to Nottingham to create On the Spritz, a delightful pale brewed ginger and elderflower. Perfect as those sunny, long evenings start to roll in.
Brewer’s Notes – Majesty
Majesty is a golden ale brewed for the Queen’s platinum jubilee with all UK ingredients. Castle Rock is particularly excited to be using two UK hop varieties for the first time, Olicana and Jester.
Pub in Focus: the Swan in the Rushes
Read about our latest article for 'pub in focus'; a series shining the spotlight on our individual pubs in the Castle Rock Brewery family. Learn more about the pub's history as well as their events programme, community drinks selection and future plans as a member of our unique independent pub group.
Raising a Glass and Money for the People of Ukraine
Castle Rock will proudly be serving beer from Kyiv-based brewery Varvar Brews from this Thursday (14th April) in their pubs. All profits will go towards funding humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
The Pilot Project Commences!
And the Pilot Project commences! We now have a secondary, and much smaller, brew kit which we are using to brew limited edition beers. The aim is to use the freedom the smaller kit gives us to explore and experiment with new brewing processes, techniques, beer styles and ingredients. Join us on our journey! #PilotProject