A young Nottinghamshire couple have done themselves, real ale and Castle Rock Brewery proud in a day in the world’s media spotlight. The soon-to-be-wedded pair from Arnold, Nottingham, Toni Newbold and her fiancé Adam Sandy, are getting married on Friday 29 April – the day of another equally important wedding in London.
Now the pair have played an important role in brewing Kiss Me Kate, Castle Rock’s royal wedding celebration ale. Alongside head brewer, Adrian Redgrove, and reporters, camera crews and photographers, the couple were shown round the brewery before adding the English hops at the precise moment in the complex brewing process. Their efforts were described as ‘perfect’. Once the brew is finished, Adam and Toni will be able to offer their wedding guests a taste from a cask gifted by Castle Rock. Kiss Me Kate will also be available in pubs across the East Midlands and Yorkshire and, in bottles, at Morrisons supermarkets across the UK.
Toni and Adam chose 29 April over a year ago and are taking their vows in a civil ceremony at a nearby venue which they also booked over a year ago.
Toni says, “We met though a mutual friend and our love affair blossomed through emails. Early meetings were for a drink and a film.”
Both live in Arnold, a suburb to the north of Nottingham. Toni is studying for a BA hons in childhood and youth studies. While studying, she does voluntary work in schools. Adam is an aerospace engineer nowadays working in technical publications as a project manager.
Toni says, “I am not a real ale or beer drinker personally, but Adam sometimes drinks it. My father-in-law to be, Adam’s dad, is obsessed by real ale. I think it’s a great idea on Kiss Me Kate, by the way.
“I just thought what are the chances of royalty choosing to marry on what we thought was just a random Friday in April? But it’s quite exciting, and, as we’re not getting married till 2pm, me and the bridesmaids are going to watch the royal wedding on tv while I’m getting ready to get married myself.
“We’ve been saving up for our big day for some time, so, even on Valentine’s Day, we stayed at home where I cooked a meal. Not very exciting!”
Colin Wilde, commercial director, Castle Rock Brewery, says, “Adam and Toni have been brilliant and we’re enjoyed welcoming them to Castle Rock. They certainly entered into the spirit of things, and we’re very grateful for the help they’ve given us in brewing the very special beer. We’re looking forward to raising a glass on April 29th to wish Toni and Adam and the Royal couple long and happy marriages.”
British brewers have a long tradition of celebrating Britishness and British occasions by creating special beers.
Kiss Me Kate was first brewed on St Patrick’s Day. It will then ferment before being put in casks and bottles ready for distribution during April 2011. The draught version will be launched at Nottingham’s Vat and Fiddle pub on Monday 28 March. Toni and Adam have been invited to taste the results of their brewing day.