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Castle Rock’s Sheriff’s Tipple, a long established member of Castle Rock’s list of regular ales, is now being brewed in Nottingham. Since its introduction in 2007 as Castle Rock’s low alcohol ‘session’ bitter, it has been no secret that it has been made under licence in Burton upon Trent. Thanks to the recent expansion at Castle Rock, and a £600,00 investment in plant and machinery, brewing capacity has risen from 32,000 pints a week to over 100,000.

The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Penny Griggs, pulls the first pint to launch Nottingham-made Sheriff’s Tipple at the Vat and Fiddle.

Commercial director, Colin Wilde, says it has been too long a wait to bring Tipple home. “It was a difficult decision to put Sheriff’s Tipple out to pasture in the first place but we simply couldn’t brew enough beer in our old brewery. With our new one up and running the time is right to brew it ourselves.

“Under our direct control, we aim to benefit from all the lessons we’ve learned about brewing in Nottingham with Nottingham water which culminated in our being given the Champion Beer of Britain award with Harvest Pale last August. Sheriff’s Tipple is a traditional English session ale and I have no doubt that our customers will see an immediate improvement in quality.”

Councillor Penny Griggs (third left) and Josie Tanvir are made welcome at the Vat by Tony Aram and Castle Rock’s Colin Wilde.

Sheriff’s Tipple will join Castle Rock’s portfolio of beers and will be eligible for CAMRA LocAle status when sold in pubs within 20 miles of the city.

“We enjoyed welcoming Councillor Griggs who said how very much she enjoyed her visit,” says Colin, “This has been the ideal way to bring Sheriff’s Tipple home!”