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Nottingham's Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival 2019 is underway! Here's where to find us and, most importantly, which beers we're pouring...

IT’S FESTIVAL TIME! The Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is back for its second year at the Motorpoint Arena, and we’ve brewed up a
whole host of beers for you to try.
Here’s a little vid with brewer Dan Gilliland, courtesy of festival host the Motorpoint Arena. Keep scrolling to find out all you need to know about #RHBCF19!

About the Festival

Now in its 44th year, the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival seems to somehow get bigger and better each October. Nottingham CAMRA has confirmed it is once again be serving up 1,000+ real ales – the largest offering of draught real ale at a festival in the world. On top of that, there is 250+ real ciders and perries, a Gin Bar (which kindly also serves rum!) and a Key Keg beer bar.

Nottingham CAMRA Chairman, Steve Westby, says they have been keen to cover the widest possible range of beer styles, from New England IPAs, to American imperial stouts, to Berliner Weisses, alongside many ‘classical styles and old favourites’.

NEW this year!

This year, visitors to the festival will get the chance to experience a new “learning and discovery space”, aimed at helping beer and cider lovers become more knowledgeable about their favourite drink.

Local brewers (THAT’S US!), cider makers and other industry experts will be running tastings, looking at different forms of dispense as well as discussing the production process and unique approaches and ingredients.

We’ll be looking at Storming the Emperor’s Castle – the original collaboration with Emperor’s Brewery in cask versus our newly released Bourbon Barrel Aged over Cacao iteration, again, in cask.

Find us between 12-5pm on Saturday if this sounds like something you’d enjoy. And, since you’re at the Beer Festival, we’re pretty sure you this is something you’ll enjoy. You’ll meet Dan, our creative brewing powerhouse and if you’re lucky you may also catch Damian, the nation’s favourite brewer and purveyor of stouts and porters.

Find our bar

You can find the Castle Rock bar in Bolero Square, right by the live music. We’ve got plenty of seating, plenty of cover to escape any October showers, and a big ol’ pile of casks and kegs to work through.


What we’re pouring this year


Our collab with Brauhaus 2.0 is launching at the festival, meaning you can be one of the first to try an authentic German beer brewed a mile down the road. Rich, toasty and biscuit malt flavours at the fore, with a fruity and spicy hop aroma.

We’re also serving up a mountain of pretzels on the festival opening day, too. Help yourself!


Rich and complex imperial stout aged over cacao in bourbon barrels.

SIPAv3 – 4.2% – (cask and keg) Vegan

A juicy, hazy pale with notes of tropical fruit, pine and stone fruit.

TABLE BEER – 2.8% – (keg) 

Fruity and full-bodied low ABV pale.

HARVEST PALE – 3.8% – (cask)

Our finest blonde beer. A classic session pale brewed with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook.

SHERWOOD RESERVE – 4.5% – (keg) Vegan

Smooth stout with Colombian coffee.

PRESERVATION – 4.4.% – (cask)

Well-balanced East Midlands bitter.

SOURLERO – 4% – (keg)

Mango, passion fruit, peach and pineapple kettle sour.

ELSIE MO – 4.7% – (cask)

Golden ale with citrus and floral notes.

SCREECH OWL – 5.5% – (cask)

Well-balanced old school IPA with citrusy U.S. hops

MODERN LOVE – 4.0% – (cask)

Fruity pale ale dry hopped with Huell Melon.

ADA LOVELACE – 4.2% – (cask)

Our final Nottinghamian Celebration Ale of 2019. A rich and chocolatey porter.

SESSION – 4% – (keg) Vegan 

Juicy and fruity session pale dry hopped with Simcoe.



In case you drink us dry, we’ve got two tasty beers on reserve for you:

COUNTING CROWS – 4.4% – (cask)

Cascadian red ale with a spiky citrus finish.

IPAv4 – 5.8% – (keg)

Aromatic and juicy IPA, bags of tropical and exotic fruit dry hop character from Citra and Idaho 7.


Share your beer journey with us #RHBCF19

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