From Castle Rock
Welcome to our blog space. Catch up on all the latest Castle Rock going ons here, including regular notes from our brewers, thoughts and musings on industry topics, and more.
An American Brewer in Nottingham: Introducing Mike Pfahl
On Monday 9th May, our head brewer, Jon Edger, received a tip-off from an old brewing friend about an American brewer keen to visit the UK. We, of course, jumped at such an opportunity and, soon enough, received an email from an enthusiastic gent in Akron, Ohio.
Where to Watch the World Cup 2022?
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicks off on Sunday 20th November! Read on for where you can catch the match at Castle Rock this year...
Robin Hood Beer Festival 2022
Once again we're back with our review of one of the highlights of all local beer lovers' calendar, Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival! This year was as good as any, with a huge array of amazing local brewers peddling their latest concotions; from sours to stouts and everything in between. We were pleased to be in amongst it again in our usual pitch alongside the lovely Navigation and other local heroes. This year we brought a couple of brand new brews as well as our usual favourite core beers. Highlights that seemed to go down well were our latest collaboration with SALT, a deliciously juicy NEIPA, as well as our new pale, Head in the Clouds. Thanks so much to everyone who passed through! If you missed out, make sure you go and check out our latest beers at all good local establishments in our pubs and beyond.
The Emperor Strikes Back!
To mark the end of an amazing collaboration with Emperor's Brewery in our series of brews, 'Storming the Emperor's Castle', we hosted a one-off charity finale event at the Embankment. Taking place on Thursday 6th October, this was an intimate event with the aim of raising money for charity through an exclusive auction, raffle and beer and food pairing menu! All proceeds from these were donated to a local charity close to all of our hearts, Maggie's Nottingham.
The Emperor Strikes Back… Charity Raffle and Auction
Castle Rock and Emperor's Brewery are raising money for Breast Cancer UK. Get involved to be in with the chance of winning one of seven exclusive Storming the Emperor's Castle Collections. The raffle culminates with an event at the Embankment where the final Collection will be auctioned, along with the chance to participate in a brew day with Emperor's and Castle Rock!
#LoveYourLocal This Autumn and Winter
Castle Rock explains its latest campaign, #loveyourlocal, which encourages customers to save on their own bills this autumn and winter and take advantage of what the pub has to offer.
‘Griff’- Celebrating Graham Griffiths and the Masters Hockey World Cup!
Castle Rock has long enjoyed paying tribute to local and regional legends by brewing a beer in their name. Griff follows a long line of local luminaries including Bendigo, Harry Wheatcroft and Alan Sillitoe. With the Masters Hockey World Cup around the corner, the timing was perfect to honour Nottingham hero, Graham Griffiths.
We’re Pouring at the Festival of Food & Drink
Clumber Park, if you've not been, is an absolute gem of an outdoor space. It sits on the outskirts of Nottinghamshire, near Workshop, and is a picturesque country park spanning over 3800 acres. And now there's a great opportunity to enjoy Clumber Park to the fullest, with their much-loved Food and Drink Festival!
We’re pouring at the Arboretum Beer Festival!
Castle Rock will be pouring their beers at this summer's Arboretum Beer Festival 2022!
Castle Rock 10K Run
Running and beer. Not two things you'd normally put together. Certainly not at the same time! But, when you think about it, what better way to finish a race? At least, we think so. Well, if you agree, you're in luck. Ready from that moment you cross the line, you'll be able to choose a number of favourites from our core beers to quench your thirst! The event is a fun and friendly event, welcoming runners of all abilities to join in: Friday 19th August, 7pm @ University Park, Nottingham Find out more and sign up here.
Three More Wins for Castle Rock at SIBA’s Regional Awards
Castle Rock takes three more wins at the SIBA Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2022. Oatmeal Stout, new to Castle Rock's permanent range, receives a Bronze in the Cask British Dark Beer category, after winning Gold at the Nationals in can earlier this year. Army of Me also receives a Bronze in the Cask Session Pale Ale, while In Bloom takes a Silver in the Cask Pale Ales.
Cabazon – our collab with Neon Raptor
Cabazon is a Castle Rock x Neon Raptor West Coast pale with bold assertive flavours. In balance, there's a sweet backdrop of robust flavours from the Golden Promise and Vienna malts. With the bitterness you'd expect from a West Coast pale, Cabazon also packs subtle notes of gooseberry, grapefruit and pine, with a sweet biscuity finish.
Nottingham Craft Beer Week
Nottingham Craft Beer Week. For those who love beer and good times, you don’t want to miss this. This week-long celebration is just around the corner, bringing together over 30 of the best breweries and venues from Nottingham and nearby. From Bang the Elephant to Black Iris, Totally Brewed, Magpie and of course, us at Castle Rock Brewery, there’s going to be an amazing selection of beer for all tastes!
Wow, What a Yard Party
How long has it been since we were gathered at a festival together? It certainly feels like a while. Well, at Castle Rock Brewery, we finally broke that three-year hiatus last month with the much-anticipated return of our Yard Party. In fact, it was so all-consuming that we’re only just getting round to doing our review now, almost a month later! At least that’s our excuse…
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
Nottingham Poetry Festival 2022
That's right, Nottingham Poetry Festival is back this year with an amazing showcase of talent. There's a a huge range of exciting events from poetry slams to storytelling and a "global party", bringing together poets from all around the world in a hybrid poetry party and open mic.
Castle Rock’s Electric Van Experience
Castle Rock has a new electric van thanks to Nottingham City Council's Electric Van Experience scheme. We are super excited to add it to our fleet and look forward to understanding how we can incorporate more into our business and environmental plan.
Brewer’s Notes – In Bloom
In Bloom is our latest dry hopped pale. Matt, our developmental brewer, takes the time to share a bit about the process behind the pint