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.
#MyLocalis Protect and celebrate pubs during the winter months. Castle Rockian Chelcie Gascoigne writes about why pubs matter to her and our communities.
Castle Rock's campaign to protect pubs is back and with it, the chance to win a £50 gift card to spend in their pubs and two tickets to their annual Yard Party in May later this year. To enter the prize draw all you need to do is respond to the question: What does your local mean to you?
Castle Rock Yard Party 2022 Announced
Our annual (and long overdue) celebration of beer is back for 2022! Join us in our brewery yard for a weekend of live music, great food and good times, and most importantly, the best beer we can get our hands on!
Castle Rock takes 3 wins at SIBA Regional Awards
What a way to make the sun shine on a dreary, drizzly December day! We are enormously proud and humbled to hear that three of our canned beers have taken home awards from the SIBA Regional Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2021 (Midlands).
Brewer’s Notes – SIPA: Mosaic
Earlier this year, following a couple of cans we were really pleased with (NEIPA and West Coast SIPA), we brewed SIPA: Mosaic and it quickly became an in-house favourite. Our mutually beneficial brewing partnership with Attic Brew Co. was still in its early days then but one year on and two collab beers later, it’s still going strong.