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Fine Ale Fantasy, Castle Rock’s ale brewed specially for GameCity 3, Nottingham’s international gathering of game fans, received a 100% approval rating from the hundreds who sampled it on draught at the festival launch at the city’s Canalhouse pub. And for a select few, the pleasure came bottled in a limited edition of 24 – the first time Castle Rock Brewery has made a ‘one off’ available in this way.

The new beer was named by avid gamer Paul Treneary who wins a gallon of beer for his efforts. The design, featuring the first image from a yet-to-be-released video game, was created by world-acclaimed videogame artist Lorne Lanning, who supplied his original design from Berkeley, California.

GameCity director, Iain Simons says the festival has a duty to uphold its reputation as a time for celebrating the sensual pleasures of life. In his a speech welcoming international guests to the city, he thanked ‘the brilliant Castle Rock’ for their support and recommended Fine Ale Fantasy as a natural companion to a good video game.


The Sheriff Pulls! - Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Brian Grocock and Canalhouse staff member, Jenny Noakes, pull the first Fine Ale Fantasy.



GameCity director, Iain Simons, eyes up the limited edition bottled Fine Ale Fantasy as the festival celebrating the sensual pleasures of life gets underway.

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