We’ve had quite a few questions and queries regarding our yard party, which takes place for the second year between 18th and 19th May 2018. We thought we’d take this opportunity to answer a few of your questions!

WHEN IS IT?

Friday 18th May, 3pm-10.30pm
Saturday 19th May, 12pm-10.30pm

WHERE IS IT?

Castle Rock Brewery, Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB (2 minute walk from the train station). Entrance to the event will be through the Vat & Fiddle pub.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

We source some of the best beer we can get our hands on from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, which you can try in keg and cask. Our friends at the Maze choose some of their favorite live music acts to perform. We’ll be showcasing street food from SMOQUED, and the Vat & Fiddle will be selling cobs & snacks. We’ll be running free brewery tours on both days. On Saturday, there will be child-friendly activities from 12pm-4pm, and kids go free with a paying adult. The Vat & Fiddle are hosting Abbeydale Brewery on the Friday (meet the brewer) and running an Imperial Cask Takeover in the Visitors’ Centre throughout the event (i.e. some of the most delicious cask beers over 7%)

HOW MUCH BEER WILL THERE BE?

40+ keg beers, served over 20 lines. Once a beer runs runs out, it’ll be replaced with an equally exceptional beer.
Up to 20 cask beers, served straight from the cask, all available from Day One.

WILL THERE BE CIDER?

Yes, we’ll be sourcing some real cider.

WILL THERE BE OTHER DRINKS?

There will be a keg lager and keg cider available. There will also be soft drinks, juice and water.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

Full price tickets cost £7.50 on Friday and £10 on Saturday. We’ve kept the Saturday price the same as 2017 and even reduced the Friday price by £2.50. Not only that, but if you are quick enough, we’re doing TWO Early Bird releases at a reduced price.

WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS?

Tickets are available via our friends at Gigantic. Go here to get them. There are also a limited number of tickets available to purchase at the Vat & Fiddle, and a small number will be available on the door.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO GET IN?

Events like this are not cheap to put on. In addition to costs that are associated with running a pub or bar, there’s also the live artists, sound engineers, child-friendly entertainment, security and licensing – and there’s a lot of preparatory work that goes into the event too. Your entry fee and purchases cover all of this and help to support live music, local business, and this wonderful brewing scene. In exchange for your entry fee, you’ll also be able to go on a free brewery tour (normally £12pp), a glass AND we’re giving everyone a sheet of 50p off vouchers for all Castle Rock managed pubs (T&Cs apply). Should the event make a profit, our aim would be to reinvest that to improve the event and even make it happen more regularly.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY A TICKET FEE?

Gigantic charge a ticket fee in exchange for providing a safe & reliable ticket service. Buy agreeing to pay the transaction fee you are helping to support a local business.

WHAT WILL THE BEER LIST BE?

All updates in this area can be found on the Facebook event page or our website. Like our pubs, this event is about choice. There’ll be Castle Rock beer, some of our local favourites and then some wonderful beer from the rest of the world. Ultimately, this event is about showcasing some of the most wonderful brewers around – so there’ll be a big mix of brewers and styles.

WHAT’S THE LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP?

Again, check our Facebook event page or our website for all updates.