Castle Rock unveils its range of spring brews
Nottingham’s Castle Rock Brewery is a favourite among ale lovers – not least because of its ever-changing selection of beers which celebrate everything from Nottinghamshire heroes to our beautiful natural landscape. In today’s guest blog Olivia Auckland from Castle Rock tells us about some of the new brews for spring.
Protecting the wildlife reserves of Nottinghamshire . . . Back in 2001, Castle Rock began producing a range of beers called the ‘Natural Selection’, with donations from each pint made to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Over 13 years, Castle Rock has brewed monthly beers highlighting flora and fauna under threat, working to raise awareness with various launches and events. For 2015, the brewery decided it was time to increase awareness of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and its current projects on restoration. With a huge campaign called ‘Champions of Sherwood’, the team at NWT are striving to restore and protect Sherwood Forest; Nottinghamshire’s most famous landscape. Castle Rock added a stout called ‘Sherwood Reserve’ to its range of permanent beers with, as always, donations made from beer sales.
In addition, Castle Rock has a range of beers called Natural Selection which take their names from Nottinghamshire reserves. The first in this series, Idle Valley Reserve, is a deep golden Indian Pale Ale. The next brew is named Skylarks Reserve, a German style and vegan friendly wheat beer which will be available in June.
Celebrating the Sons and Daughters of Nottinghamshire . . . Brewed to honour Nottingham’s heroes and heroines, the Nottinghamian series of beers began in 2010 and continues to help put Nottingham brewing at the forefront of the industry. This year’s Nottinghamian range kicked off with Brian Clough, a pilsner style pale ale brewed to celebrate the achievements of the best manager England never had. The beer flew out of the brewery, selling out in a record time of two weeks.
The next beer in the Nottinghamian Celebration Ales range, is brewed in honour of Nottingham’s most cherished architect, Watson Fothergill. Available in April, the beer is mild brewed with Mosaic hops – known as ‘Citra on steroids’ in the brewing industry – giving a very fruity and citrus finish to a more traditional beer style.
Commemorating the Great War . . . Last summer Castle Rock launched the Commemoration Collection, a range of beers in commemoration of the First World War. With 10p from every pint donated to charity, the range will span five years of remembrance (2014-2019) to mark the centenary of the war. This May, the fourth beer of the range will be available. Named ‘Zeppelin Raids’, the German style smoked beer has an oaky aroma and lingering sweetness so it’s a great way to escape the spring showers. The beer has been brewed to commemorate the strategic bombing from German airships when more than 5,000 bombs were dropped upon Britain’s towns and cities, with a devastating loss of lives.
Specials from Traffic Street . . . Created in a small fermenting vessel, known as the Tardis, Castle Rock launched a new range of brews known as the Traffic Street Specials last year. The beers were designed and produced by Castle Rock’s young brewer Dan Gilliland and push the boundaries and flavour profiles of conventional brewing. The range has so far seen an extra bitter, dry hopped West Coast IPA, a pale ale brewed with (lots) of herbs, and a dandelion and burdock beer.
This spring sees the launch of a new beer, which is an Imperial-style stout brewed with fresh coffee beans from Stewarts of Trent Bridge and two American hop varieties. At the time of writing, the beer is still fermenting, but this robust stout has flavours of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and bonfire toffee.