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Castle Rock's 38th birthday takes place on Wednesday 21st January. Let us reflect!

1977 really was a way back now. It was a year of challenges for Britain: a bomb explosion in a London pub injured 14 people, Clough lost out to Ron Greenwood, T-Rex front man and leader of Glam Rock Marc Bolan died in a car accident, a huge firefighter strike put the public on green alert, and the Yorkshire Ripper was at large.

But it was also the year that Fleetwood Mac released Rumours, the Sex Pistols released Never Mind the Bollocks (and were ditched by EMI), Star Wars was screened in the UK for the first time, the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee and gained a grandchild, and British television had its biggest ever viewing with The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show.  


So, it was a mixed bag. And in the midst of it, a flare wearing entrepreneur set up a company called ‘Tynemill’ and opened The Old King’s Arms in Newark. His aim was simple: Create a friendly, welcoming pub and serve high quality beer.


38 years on, the making of Castle Rock is still an amazing story. While many of the younger Castle Rock folk find themselves sifting through old photographs of a bygone era (think sepia stained, beards, platforms and wide legged trousers…pints held aloft), the reality is that those who sowed the seeds of this company are still very much present.


Though the brewery and pub estate have both expanded at an incredible rate, Castle Rock remains a small company at its core…even our MD, Colin Wilde, started out as PA to the Managing Director way back when. It is elements like this- of real and humble people at the heart of it all- that keeps Castle Rock so strong. This, and of course our customers, who are always supporting us, being honest with us, and drinking Castle Rock Beer in Castle Rock pubs.


Still, we’ve got two more years until the big 40…which means an exceptionally big party is required. After all, 40 is the new 30.


We celebrate 38 years of Castle Rock on Wednesday 21st January. To find out what Castle Rock pubs are getting up to, visit our birthday page.