Nottingham Brewery launches it’s first craft beer
Although I am a huge real ale fan, there are days where I hanker after a cool, refreshing lager, particularly when I’m sitting in a beer garden on a summer’s day. But given that I am a passionate supporter of Nottinghamshire’s many breweries, I tend to steer clear of commercial lagers and carry on drinking cask.
But now the award-winning Nottingham Brewery, based just outside the city, has launched its first craft beer which is as refreshing as mainstream counterparts but much tastier and has the added bonus of being brewed locally.
The new brew is called Regal and it was unveiled at Broadway Cinema on Friday evening. You might be forgiven for thinking that the name is a palindrome but bosses at the brewery insist that in fact it’s an ‘antigram’ – or just another way of looking at lager. Made using Cascade and Columbus hops in the main mash, both of which were developed in America, as well as Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, the continental-style beer is is crisp, fruity and perfect for serving at cool temperatures.
Philip Darby, who is manager director of Nottingham Brewery, said that the decision to brew a craft beer was an opportunity for the team to venture out of its comfort zone and produce something a little different to the real ale for which it is renowned.
And he added: “Not only is Regal lager a step away from the norm, but the beer lens (pump-clip) is a little different – it’s lenticular so it changes with the angle from which you look at it. Is this the first such pump-clip from a UK microbrewery?”
Regal is set to be available in many of Nottingham’s best-loved pubs including Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, The Bell Inn, The Woodthorpe Top, Last Post in Beeston, Three Crowns at Ruddington, Sir John Borlase Warren as well the Nottingham Brewery Taphouse (Plough Inn, St Peters Street, Radford) and others on a daily basis. Further details on Nottingham Brewery are available here.