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Nottingham Brewery News (and more) with MD Philip Darby

January 2015 update

There’s lots in store for the new year with all sorts of plans in the brewery pipeline not least
Mash Tun, our regular monthly news letter. Final edits are being made after a technical hitch; this should be available soon.

First up, the Nottingham Brewery is taking the Plough Inn back under its wing from the beginning of February following successful 10-year tenure with Pub People Company. This is a natural progression, as the lease term has come to an end and we are now in a better position to run it ourselves and utilise the buildings better.

The past ten years have flown by and have seen a very amicable business relationship with Pub People Company blossom, not just at the Plough, or the Nottingham Brewery Taphouse as we like to call it, but throughout their estate, and long may it continue. There are no plans for radical change to the pub – just to carry on serving good beer in comfortable surroundings where everyone feels welcome.

On the brewing front, we will continue with our extended dark beer range as sales have been excellent over the festive period and hope this continues to when the days start drawing out, when we are planning to bring out an old favourite from our earliest brewing days, “SALSA”.

For those who can remember it, SALSA was an ideal springtime light ale.  Amber in colour, and mid-fours (4.4%) on the ABV scale, this is something we are really looking forward to.

We are also considering extending our bottled beer range, so watch this space as they say

There are several beers festivals planed in which Nottingham Brewery are directly involved, as well as several where a selection of our superb beers can be tried, tested, and no doubt tried again!!

Information about these will be communicated via our ever-increasing Twitter account, now standing at more than  – @NottmBrewery (#NottmBrewery) – or via banners on the front page of the Nottingham Brewery website at .

Regal (4.5%) our one and only Craft Beer, (so far, that is), is becoming increasingly popular with drinkers who prefer a chilled-out cooler refreshment to be seen with (and it tastes pretty dam good too!).

We will be keeping you updated as to regular outlets where this can be found as well as our core range of beers, and of course, any specials we might happen to produce, but these will be “specials”.  Nottingham Brewery is not in the business of bringing out “yet another new bland tasting beer” on a regular basis backed by a fancy pumpclip, just so we can increase our beer sales! We are a bit more serious than that.

Until the next time...

October 2014

The Test Match, West Bridgford, has had a refurbishment, and reopened with a one-off brew, Cha-Cha (4%) that we produced to celebrate the father of landlady Sophie who was a famous left handed fast bowler for Nottinghamshire Cricket Club (1959-1973).  Nick, her father, was named Cha-Cha for his fancy-dancy run-up. Sophie is justifiably proud of her “old man” and felt it fitting to name a brew after him. It seemed the ideal time to launch it in the very tastefully decorated Test Match complete with the reopened first-floor Cocktail Lounge, where, incidentally, bottles of Nottingham EPA are available.  The new-look Test Match is well worth a visit.

As the clocks go back and the nights draw in, the beers get darker, and up pops “Sooty” to a rapturous welcome. We have however removed (in a clean “Sweep”) the pictures of him enjoying his sixtieth birthday in the brewery from this website and from our Twitter account as a responsible response to ITV’s proposed re-launch of the infamous children’s show; let’s hope it doesn’t stop him using his bus pass to come for a revisit!

While mentioning media sites, it never ceases to amaze me how active our Twitter site is and the number of hits we get. Thanks to everyone for participating and please keep the positive banter coming.

As an old fart who thought telephones were for phoning people it’s been a real eye opener as to how much information is bouncing around out there… keep on tweeting and re-tweeting!

Regal Lager, our first-ever Craft Beer, is an integral part of our portfolio of products. It has from a fairly slow start, gathered pace in sales and although it is not cold beer of the year time, it is selling very well, and in some outlets it is selling better than major brands. Be open minded and do give it a try sometime - it’s refreshingly different!

The latest updates of where our Craft Beer Regal can be found, will soon be listed at

Before we know it, the jolly red-faced fellow with the red suit (no not me!) will be coming down the chimney so don’t forget our gift packs of bottles and glasses for presents for your loved ones are available, along with 36-pint party boxes.

Finally, Nottingham Noel (3.8%) should soon be in our fermenting vessels, and in turn, appearing at all good bars and pubs that stock our products.

September 12th

Next week (Friday, September 19th – Sunday, September 21st) sees the annual Great Central Railway Beer Festival to be held at Loughborough Railway Station. Several of our beers along with several fantastic guest beers should all help make this a memorable day out whether you are an accomplished real ale fan, or a drinker new to the wonderful world of cask conditioned beers. More details from

August 1st

Our first ever Craft Beer launches at the Mezzanine Bar at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

This fruity, gently effervescent, easy-drinking, quality craft ale is the thinking man’s beer – it’s not the palindrome of lager, but an antigram, or simply another way of looking at lager


As an award-winning time-served traditional cask ale brewery we thought we would venture beyond our comfort zone and produce something a little different from the real ales we normally make and are renowned for.


Made with Cascade and Columbus hops in the main mash (both developed in America), and with the addition of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand in the fermenter, this pale golden appetizer has more flavour then you might expect from a beer that’s served at a refreshingly chilled temperature.


The subtle hints of grapefruit, along with its effervescent elegance makes Regal a refreshment that anyone would be royally proud of.  Its initial carbonation character and innovative hopping lead to an intriguingly morerish mouth-feel.

Our purpose built Regal website is coming soon... watch this space!

May 29th 2004

It’s good weather time, which means beer festival time...

The Ruddington Beer Festival (see takes place this weekend, starting today (May 29th) until Sunday June 1st.  75+ beers and ciders will be available at various pubs throughout the village that are part of the festival including the pop-up-pub on the village green.

The Oak Tree, Southwell Road, Mansfield, host their first beer festival (June 6th, 7th & 8th). Some Nottingham Brewery beers will be there along with others from mainly the North Notts area. Pub details at

Friday, June 13th to Sunday, June 15th sees the Great Central Railway beer extravaganza. Their Wartime Week is probably their biggest event of the year – details from

The Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus hold their beer festival from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st, June. Poster details at

Finally, (for now), the Hose Fest is being held on Saturday July 5th, where you can sample Nottingham Brewery Hose Fest Ale (4.5%) from a 36 gallon barrel. Along with live entertainment, and village fate type “things”, hopefully the weather will be good to us for this event. See

March 10th

We have now installed fermenter 5 into the brewery making it far more efficient and to increase capacity, which is perfectly timed to allow us the extra brews needed to accommodate the J.D.Wetherspoon national beer festival whilst still maintaining our core customer base.

This is the first time we have joined in with a 'Spoons national festival, but after being part of the judging process in last year’s event, I was very impressed with the quality of the beers and the breweries represented.

The beers from far and wide have been chosen by the ultimate beer Guru, David Aucutt, of East West Ales, and give a great cross-section of National and International beer styles.

We’ve brewed an extra gyle of Sooty Stout  (see yours truly above, with the man himself) ready for the Nottingham Camra Stout & Porter Stroll and it’s already been sold into the trade, so keep a lookout for it at some of our regular outlets (see our “Find Our Beers” page).

We’ve also brewed Foundry Mild again which was very well received at the 38th Loughborough Camra Beer Festival last weekend.

Speaking of Loughborough, we here at Nottingham Brewery are very proud of our close links with the Great Central Railway who’s HQ is based in the Leicestershire town. They are running a series of "Raleway" real ale trains, the first to be on Saturday, 17th May featuring beers from both Brewsters and Oldershaws. Check their website at for details and/or you can download their festival poster here.

Another beer festival we are heavily involved with is at the all-weather friendly Beauvale Priory (see  Set in the idyllic Nottinghamshire countryside, this beer festival is a four-day event beginning on Friday, 23rd May. 32 beers, 10 ciders, hog roasts, live music, and other entertainment will be available.

Finally, we celebrate the Bards Birthday on our patron Saints Day (Wednesday, April 23rd) by bringing back Saint Georges Ale for its annual quaffing.  It will be available in all good hostelries around the county and showcased at the Trip to Jerusalem at their Beer and Cider festival over the Easter weekend (Thursday, April 24th – Sunday, April 26th) – 36 ales, 12 ciders, plus hot & cold food.

January 7th 2014

Steve Dewsberry our new assistant brewer was given a baptism of fire with an exceptionally busy Christmas, which left our stocks to start 2014 dangerously low, but we did manage to get a bottling brew of EPA out during the run-up to the New Year festivities.

There are one or two subtle changes occurring in the Brewhouse by bringing fermenter 5 inside the brewhouse from its Silo in the yard and moving things around which will streamline operations and up our production capabilities.

We were amazed at the uptake on the shop with such a small range, so much so, that we are extending the selection of goodies to include baseball caps; windbreakers (not to be confused with break-winders!); aprons for beer gourmets and much much more.

Check our homepage within the next few days or follow us on Twitter (#NottmBrewery) to enter the beer recipe competition for a chance to win an apron if your recipe gets put on the Beer Bites section.

The Nottingham Brewery Tap at the Plough Inn, Radford, continues to trial our "toe in the water" of craft beer...our "artisanale" has been getting rave revues from a wide cross-section of consumers and we think we are pretty close to our ideal commercial craft lager. More news soon.

On a final note I would like to offer our sincere congratulations to our oldest (not in age I hasten to add!) customer Kevin Thompson, FBII, of the Hole In The Wall Long Eaton Derbyshire, who enters his 25th year in the trade as a freehouse Landlord, and may he enjoy many more!

It is an enviable feat and even more so, over the last years of economic turmoil that has seen the demise of so many pubs and the loss of so many good landlords from the trade. I don't know of another publican to equal his achievement who is still trading

Kevin is one of the old school, standing for good old fashioned ideals and is fastidious over his cask ales and has been a loyal customer of ours since our earliest days of brewing. I am sure the local Camra branch will want to wish him well too as he is the epitome of what we all stand for.

October 24th 2013

With the Nottingham Beer Festival over for another year, we have all just about got our breath back, but we are still extremely busy. So much so, that we have taken on an Assistant Head Brewer.

Steve Dewsberry – an experienced worker within the brewing industry, and someone we have had the pleasure of working with before in a previous life – has joined the NB team.

The Great Central Railway Bonfire Beer Festival takes place between Friday November 8th and Sunday November 10th. Nottingham Brewery beers along with a varied and hopefully topical selection of others will be there. Details from nearer the time.

The Ilkeston Rugby Club has its Beer Festival between Friday November 15th and Sunday November 17th.  It will be held in The Stute, which is their clubhouse. 30 beers will be available.

Nottingham Noel, our amber-coloured triple hopped 4.7% fruity festive seasonal will be hitting the bars early November, as will Sooty Stout, a classic oatmeal stout weighing in a tad higher at 4.8%.  This award-winning bevy (Champion Beer of the 2002 Cambridge CAMRA Beer Festival) is brewed to an original recipe, and has been described as “liquid food and drink in a glass”, and I can’t argue with that.

Following over whelming enquiries and pressure from keen beery type shoppers, our Ebay shop will soon eventually come to fruition – a direct link will be available on the homepage at

We will have several things on sale, some of which would maybe make ideal stocking fillers, although having a fishnet fetish is NOT a prerequisite!

October 8th 2013

We’ve been extremely busy of late, so much so, that we have taken on Steve, our new apprentice brewer, but more interesting stuff about Steve at a later date...

As well as being heavily involved with the Nottingham Beer Festival which is being held in the Nottingham Castle grounds this weekend – where we have our pop-up-pub crammed full of a wide selection of our beers, as well as others – we are proud to be involved with the beer festival at Greene King’s iconic Trip to Jerusalem Inn this weekend.

Known by locals as “the Trip”, this 12th century inn, reputed to be the oldest inn in England and well-known throughout the world, is for the first time playing host to its own extended beer festival, located quite literally on the fringes of the Nottingham’s Castle fact, part of the pub, and some of the rooms inside, are carved into the bunter sandstone rock which lie beneath the actual castle.

I say extended, as at previous beer festivals, a temporary covered area in the flag-stoned courtyard has housed the festival brews. This year, in addition to this, a marquee has been erected outside the front of the pub, making for even more room, and more choice of quality cask ales, only to be expected at this fantastically quirky Greene King outlet.

Beer-wise we have chosen beer from 17 different breweries, and out of the 40 or so beers on tap, around 28 of them will not be available at the pay-to-enter festival in the Castle grounds.

Saturday sees a BBQ, hog roast, and live music all day from 3 pm and admission is FREE to this event!

August 21st 2013

We’ve been extremely busy of late with setting up various beer festivals, particularly ones that are operating this weekend in the Nottinghamshire area.

First up, the Beer on Broadway beer festival event at the Mezz Bar, Broadway Cinema & Cafe, runs all through the bank holiday weekend.

This 36 cask-conditioned ale event includes a one-off beer brewed by Nottingham Brewery. One of the more unusual beers includes a honey beer brewed with honey from the beehive situated on the roof of this popular cinema complex. I’m sure Broadway Honey Beer will satisfy most palates and give whoever is drinking it a real buzz at 4.9% ABV!

The Corn Mill, Swiney Way, Chilwell, also has its beer festival this weekend with 40 ales, 10 ciders, live music, and a family BBQ.

The 14th century Beauvale Priory, lies a few miles north of Nottingham, and they too have a beer festival this bank holiday weekend, with help from us here at NB towers of course. 36 beers and eight ciders in the big barn, alongside live music, and the availability of hot food hope to make this 2nd beer fest on former “monks” turf, a successful one. Admission is free to the festival, as is camping, so tent pegs at the ready then...

Nearer to home in Bramcote village, the 18th century White Lion has its beer bonanza this weekend too. 20 real ales and ciders can be had here, as well as live music Saturday and Sunday night.

September sees the Nurseryman Beer Festival. Situated on the north-west side of Beeston, Nottingham Brewery has had direct input as to the beers on offer, and the setting-up of the stillage. Aimed at the whole family, this event has a variety of entertainment  and live music, though with most of the Nottingham Brewery team being tone-deaf, we’ve decided to leave this side of things to the professionals!

Finally, but not least, the Great Central Railway, Loughborough, has a beer festival during the weekend of September 20th to 22nd. With 50 real ales and ciders this promises to be a mega event at Loughborough station, Leicestershire, for this voluntarily-run and preserved working railway; the only one in the Midlands area that runs commercial passenger traffic – more news about this, nearer the time or see for regular updates.

May 26th 2013

Firstly, our St George’s Day celebrations last month were extremely successful at Nottingham’s Trip to Jerusalem, and the Lion Inn, Basford, when Sir Blondeville, our 4% blonde hoppy quaffing ale commissioned by Derbyshire based Pub People Company, was re-launched for 2013.

The Knights of Nottingham (who Nottingham Brewery are proud to sponsor), along with Sir Blondeville and St George himself, joined drinkers’ for a fun-packed afternoon with frivolity and falconry displays (plus me on horseback! LOL) proving that community led pubs really can survive in the current economic climate if they do things right.

We had two other beers available during the week; St George’s Ale, at a slight strength increase of 4.1% compared to previous years; and Knight’s Tale, our 3.9% pale copper-coloured charity bitter made with Fuggles, Goldings and Target, with 10p from every pint sold goes towards the MacMillan Charity Bike Ride appeal in association with Francesca Hale from Greene King who will be pedalling 470km from London to Paris during four days in July.

Our Bus Depot Bitter, made for the Samuel Hall, Sherwood, was chosen recently as the Pint of the Week in the Nottingham Evening Post – well done to Kenny and all the hard-working team at the Samuel Hall, Mansfield Road for being nominated for this popular and well sort after beery accolade, as well as the pub being highlighted as being a genuine “community pub” – pretty good for a national pub chain, proving again that some pubs do care.

The same “house beer” at the newly opened Buttercross in Bingham is selling from strength to strength (see pumpclip opposite) – BXB has already staked its place as a top selling cask ale in the very pleasantly decorated new addition to the JD Wetherspoon’s estate.

We presented a cheque for £260 to the APAS addiction related charity for redevelopment of their website and IT requirements to make them more easily accessible by the people who need them the most.

We’ve had some very encouraging news with regards beer sales at recent beer festivals that we’ve supplied including those at the Bold Forester, Mansfield; the Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham; the Wreake Valley Beer Festival, Syston Village Hall, and the 1st Beauvale Priory Beer Festival, Moorgreen, the Corn Mill Cider Festival, Chilwell and the ever popular

wartime re-enactment with excellent beer tent (at Quorn station) by the Great Central Railway from Loughborough to Leicester during the last May Bank Holiday; bang-bangs, chuff-chuffs and beer....every big boys dream!

We are supporting the Superdad’s Beer Festival June 6th to June 16th, Fathers Day) at he cluster group of Wetherspoon’s outlets. Namely the Samuel Hall, Sherwood; , the Woodthorpe Top, Woodthorpe; the Free Man, Carlton; the Ernehale, Arnold; and the

Butter Cross, Bingham. Around 50 Local ales from 10 local breweries will feature, plus prize giveaways such as free pints, and a meal for a family of four on Fathers’ Day, itself.

The Nottingham Brewery Tap House hostess Mel is holding her Summer Solstice fest next month (June 20th – June 24th). Live music mixed with a motley assortment of beer promises to make this event one not to be missed.


Finally, our friend’s at the Bell Inn, Nottingham, has its’ “175 Not Out” Summer Beer Festival (Wednesday July 10th – Sunday July 14th) which Nottingham Brewery are supporting. Over 40 beers are promised here, so drink responsibly, and enjoy...

April 22nd 2013

Our old favourite St George’s Ale, now at an increased 4.1% abv is doing the rounds and will be available around Nottinghamshire and particularly at the Trip to Jerusalem who are hosting their annual St George’s Beer Festival with more than 30 beers available – and of course including the Nottingham Brewery Taphouse.

Knight’s Tale (3.9%), our pale copper coloured bitter made with Fuggles, Goldings and Target hops is now doing the rounds too, and with 10p of every pint sold going to a worthwhile charity like MacMillan, why wouldn’t you want to drink it?

Sir Blondeville, blonde hoppy quaffing ale originally launched a year ago, will be re-launched again tomorrow at the Lion Inn, Basford, Nottingham in association with Derbyshire based Pub People Company.

Finally Butter Cross Bitter (4.5%), brewed for the Butter Cross, Market Place, Bingham is available at the newest JD Wetherspoon’s pub in Notts. See

March 8th

The Bell Inn, Market Square, Nottingham will be running it's very own 4.5% Triple T Porter which we have brewed to celebrate St Patricks Day on Sunday, March 17th.

It’s the first time that we have brewed a lower gravity porter but the popularity of our well sort after Centurion Mild (4.9%) has given us the confidence to try this one off charity brew.

Finally, our Patron Saints day 23rd April will see celebrations for Saint George and many will remember Bards day by reciting works of Shakespeare while others will celebrate the re-launch of Sir Blondeville Ale by the Derbyshire based Pub People Company.

This eminently quaffable ale took a bit of a back seat over Christmas and new year and the change of ties in some of their tenanted houses, so it was decided a good time to give the gallant knights ale another outing on Saint Georges day at the Lion Inn Basford, the first anniversary of its initial launch.

Our old favourite St Georges (4%) will also be available around Nottinghamshire and particularly at the Trip to Jerusalem who will be hosting their annual St George’s Beer Festival with more than 30 beers available – I will post dates and times as soon as they are confirmed.

February 7th

Things are going well here at NB Towers.

We have brewed Dolpin 1530AD again last week for the Dolphin Inn in Derby which goes on sale this weekend bringing a drop of Nottingham nectar to the Derby cask ale scene.

Our brewery has been featured on NHK Tokyo's Mundo programme which was rather entertaining...... not speaking a word of Japanese myself!

We are soon to be producing a beer for JD Wetherspoon’s The Butter Cross, soon to open in Bingham, so watch this space for the beer name and a downloadable version of the pumpclip.

We have been asked to brew a lower gravity porter for Greene King supporting Tom Flynne (landlord of the Bell Inn, Nottingham) at the Bell's latest charity push during Camra’s Stout and Porter stroll in March.

Finally, congratulations to Blue Monkey Ape Ale for winning Champion Beer of Nottingham 2013 – not bad going to say that the year has only just begun!!

January 15th 2013

Congratulations to the award-winning Broadway Cinema and Cafe Bar who have been voted Nottingham’s Top Spot by Experience Nottingham.

Nottingham Brewery is proud to supply Real Ale (4.3%) a specially commissioned cask ale for the Broadway (Nottingham’s only Independent city-centre cinema complex), along with other selected cask conditioned beers.

January 1st 2013

A Happy New Year from all the staff at the Nottingham Brewery, and may everyone have a prosperous 2013.

December 24th 2012

Myself, and all the staff at the Nottingham Brewery, would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year for 2013.

December 17th 2012

Nottingham Noel, our fruity amber festive seasonal is doing the rounds.  It’s triple hopped with Challenger, Northern Brewer and Goldings which gives it an almost spicy flavour.   It was originally a one-off brew that was launched in 2005 at the beer festival at the Bell Inn, Nottingham, a historical city centre local built on Nottingham’s bunter-sandstone caves and operated by our good friends, Greene King PLC based at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Also, XXS our 3.8% charity beer, produced in association with APAS (Alcohol Problems Advisory Service) is still available at some of our regular outlets, and in the free-trade (beer-stocks permitting); part of the profits made will help to raise funds for the charity organisation.

December 9th 2012

Things have been hectic at the brewery with orders going out left, right, and centre – well it is a busy time of year, not least for Nottinghams’ brewer’s.

Our Beer-in-a-Box promotion is proving popular again; the next best thing to experiencing drinking the full-on flavours of Nottingham Brewery beers in a bar, or down your local pub, but in your own front-room.

We can offer most Nottingham Brewery beers in our 36-pint polypins, ideal for festive supping with friends and family at home when the pubs are closed.

Our guest interview feature with acclaimed beer writer and food critic Richard Studeny, “10-minute Interview”, will be online soon; it’s with American beer writer and President of the Canadian Amateur Brewers association, Steve Hodos from New York who visited the brewery in autumn.

Finally, keep a look-out for our next innovative Nottingham Brewery beer recipe which we hope everyone will soon be talking about over the Christmas period, and, maybe even trying this space!

November 13th 2012

Sooty Oatmeal Stout (4.8%), our superb slick and easy-drinking winter warmer is ready and waiting in many Nottingham bars, not least the bar at our Brewery Taphouse, also known as The Plough Inn, Radford, so get it while you can.

Also the Nottingham Brewery TapHouse now has it’s own web presence at so you can keep up-to-date with what’s happening at the pub on the events page.

Finally, we are looking for any old images of the Plough Inn for the Nottingham Brewery TapHouse website, so if you have any please do get in touch.  We will return them of course once they have been electronically scanned, and any that we use will be acknowledged with a credit bi-line.

October 31st 2012

The following beers are confirmed for the Nottingham Brewery TapHouse Bonfire Weekend Beer Festival (Thursday November 1st – Monday November 5th)

Thornbridge Kipling (5.2%) and Lord Marples (4%)
Ossett Silver King (4.3%)
Kelham Island Pale Rider (5.2%)
St Austell Proper Job (4.5%)
Skinners Betty Stogs (4%)
Blue Monkey Guerrilla (4.9%)
Crouch Vale Brewers Gold (4%)
Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild (6%)
Holden’s XB (4.2%)

October 30th 2012

With 2 days to go before the Brewery Taphouse Bonfire Weekend Beer Festival, 24 cask ales will be available with beers guaranteed from the following breweries; Thornbridge; St Austell; Blue Monkey; Ossett; Kelham Island; Skinners, and the well respected Sarah Hughes.

There’s live music too on Saturday evening (November 3rd ) starting at 9pm with Green String Theory  Expect to hear a medley of original songs, traditional and modern covers (Be Good Tanyas, Elvis Costello and more) and fiddle tunes from far and wide (Celtic, European... ).

On Sunday afternoon (November 4th) Los Trios Herdos entertain between 4pm and 6pm. They’re a three-piece rockish acoustic outfit playing 70/80 covers plus their own stuff.

The Brewery Taphouse weekly Thursday quiz has a beer theme and they’ll be free mushy peas on the Monday evening (November 5th - Bonfire Night), plus free food at various other random times.

October 23rd 2012

Mayumi Watanabe from a National Japanese TV production company completed her visit to the brewery and the Brewery Taphouse, aka The Plough Inn, to complete filming a documentary about brewing and British pubs.

October 14th 2012

Yesterday we (the Brewery) had a visit from a Japanese TV company filming a feature [rumours are that Nottingham Brewery are making a TV advert for the Far East – the webmaster!!!]

October 5th 2012

Sooty Stout has the smokiness of a big fat cigar; the rotund flavour of freshly roasted malt; and the aftertaste that would spur on any beer drinker of stout style brews to want for more. Nottingham Sooty Stout is a quality beer enjoyed by many beer drinking enthusiasts...same again then?

September 26th 2012

We had a fantastic time at the Great Central Railway Beer Festival last weekend.  Now preparations are at advanced stages for two Nottinghamshire festivals we are supporting this weekend; namely the first Great Nottinghamshire Show ( on the in the wonderful grounds of Nottingham University – this a free-admission event (see and an annual intimate beer festival at the Barton-in-Fabis village hall as part of their annual village fete.

Barton-in-Fabis is situated just off the A453, approximately one mile south of Clifton.

September 21st 2012

We are producing a full brew-length of Sooty Stout today in order to get it ready for the Nottingham Beer Festival in October where we hope to have our whole core range of beers available including contract brews such as Sir Blondeville, commissioned for the Pub People Company and Reel Ale which we brew especially for the Broadway Cinema Bar, Nottingham.

September 14th 2012

On the back of the success of TBI Ale we brewed for Wetherspoons’ Trent Bridge Inn, we have just brewed a new beer especially for four Greater Nottingham Wetherspoons’ pubs.  Pale in colour and tasting rather special, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this 4.5% recipe produced here at Nottingham Brewery Towers in Radford.  And what does it taste like?  Well we’re not going to tell you!  We we’d like you to try it, and tell us what you think, after all, if we were to tell you everything than there’d be nothing to be surprised about, would there?

The same beer recipe is being sold in the four different outlets under a different name, and badged with the pubs individual designed pumpclip.  The beers are Bus Stop Bitter (the Samuel Hall, The Old Bus Depot, Mansfield Road, Sherwood, NG5 2JN); Erne’Ale Bitter (the Ernehale, 149-151 Nottingham Road, Arnold NG5 6JN); Hill Top Bitter (the Free Man, 334-336 Carlton Road, Carlton); and Top Tipple (the Woodthorpe Top, 151a Woodthorpe Drive, Mapperley, NG3 5JL).

September 11th 2012

The Nottingham Brewery Tap has clinched Silver in the “Best Commercial Premises” category in the Nottingham in Bloom 2012 Competition – another gong for Great Britain in this Olympic year!!!

The Tap, also known as The Plough Inn, Radford, is a popular boozer with nearby residents, as well as “long-haul” drinkers’ who often visit the pub on the way to the brewery situated adjacent to the pub.

It goes without saying that the hanging baskets that adorn this inner-city local do look rather marvellous...maybe we’ll see you there soon?

September 7th 2012

Our Twitter account is alive and active, as is our Facebook page; tweet #nottmbrewery or search “Nottingham Brewery” on Facebook to keep up-to-date with what’s happening or follow the links from our home page.

The Great Central Railway Beer Festival in Loughborough (Friday September 21st to Sunday, September 23rd) is worth getting steamed up about; there’s 50 beers spread over the line (but not literally) with the main body being at Loughborough and a new venue at the end of the line at Leicester.  The beers will also be available on certain trains (racked bright each day), but what could be nicer to a beer and train enthusiast than getting steam up your nose, a smut in your eye, and beer in your belly? – should be a grand weekend.

A week later Nottingham Brewery will be at the Great Nottinghamshire Show (Highfields Sports Ground, University Boulevard, Nottingham – Saturday September 29th and Sunday September 30th).

It promises to be a fantastic event with a village of foody and crafty tents, Tug'O'war matches between big beefy blokes, and the obligatory real ale and cider bar supplied by us of course, and offering Camra discount – that’s on the beer, and not the humongous bouncy castles!

The Nottingham Beer Festival in October will be a hive of activity from Nottingham Brewery. We’ll be aligning ourselves with local J D Wetherspoon houses in supporting the festival with the new bar top runners that will give the already fantastic festival, a finishing touch!  These bar tops will alleviate the slops and swillage soaking up your sleeve each time you pick your pint up and look the part too!!

As well as supporting all the good real ale houses surrounding the Castle grounds, we’ll will be fighting the corner of the pub people company who’ll be there promoting their pubs with the able help of Sir Blondeville with the help of the “Knights of Nottingham” we’ll be having a right royal dustup with the heavy-footed Black Knight, so best wear your chainmail undies if your around the Nottingham bar on opening night!!

There will also be a stand-alone Nottingham Beer fest at the Olde Trip To Jerusalem which was such a runaway success last year, held in the courtyard throughout the period of the main event up the hill.

lans are well under way for the third Bonfire Beer-fest takes place at the Plough Inn, Radford (Thursday November 1st – Monday November 5th). 20 beers are promised at this intimate pub venue; the first in fact since the pubs been known as the Nottingham Brewery Taphouse.  Eexpect to see thoroughbreds such as Abbeydale Pale Rider, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Ossett Silver King, Thornbridge Kipling and Lord Marples, St Austell Proper Job, Skinners Betty Stogs, and Cornish Knocker

There’s a beer-themed free quiz and supper on Thursday November 1st; Green String Theory entertain on the Saturday from 8.30 pm; Live music Sunday afternoon; and free mushy peas with mint sauce on Monday November 5th...Bonfire Night.

Finally, Green King will be stocking Rock Bitter on their Christmas list so if your “local” is a GK house get in there and show some local support; we need your help to show this brewing giant that stocking a local ale is what we want!  And they DO listen!

Olympic Games Update

With the London 2012 Olympic Games over, and the focus of many British citizens on the winning traits of Team GB, the Nottingham Brewery team has a few wining things to boast about of its own.

Firstly, the recent mini-beer festival held at a selection of Wetherspoon pubs in Arnold, Sherwood, Carlton and Mapperley, featuring our core range of beers, has been a tremendous success. We brewed a house beer especially for them and this was launched on Father’s Day with a free Dads drink. Thanks to all Nottingham drinkers who supported this local event.

Our TBI Ale on sale at the Trent Bridge Inn is still as popular as ever, especially at times when leather is striking willow on the nearby wicket. The West Indies game generated incredible sales to a world-wide drinking audience!

Congratulations to drinkers and staff at the Hop Pole, Chilwell and to the Lion Inn, Basford, for helping take Sir Blondeville, brewed by us for the Pub People Company, to an all time high; sales are galloping away and fast making the 4% beer a top seller.

There are good sales at the Waggon & Horses, Redhill and the Malt Shovel Beeston too. It’s even becoming a favourite in the Brewery Tap, the Plough Inn, situated right next door to the brewery.

Nottingham Wetherspoon outlets, The Gooseberry Bush; Lloyds No1; The Joseph Else; The Roebuck; The Company Inn on the canalside; and of course The Trent Bridge Inn, are launching their “Golden Ticket” scheme whilst promoting Nottingham Brewery beers. There will spot prizes of rugby shirts, baseball caps and discounted pints, plus other giveaways throughout the summer promotion.

The golden ticket will be a VIP brewery visit for each ticket issued. Greene King pub tenancies, following a hugely successful a national promotion of our beers, are now able to order our Extra Pale Ale direct from their Eastwood depot so if your local is a GK house and you want a good pint of LocAle, ask your landlord to put an order in to the depot and give him your support. It is a massive step forward for a company like Greene King to embrace the concept of allowing a local brewer into their estate and in my view CAMRA should show its full support too, to bury the ghost of Hardys & Hansons once and for all, retain it as a fond memory and move on. We need your loyalty!

Finally, the new on-trend Nottingham Brewery website is a rip-roaring success with loads of new interest and visitors finding us and navigating the site more easily. We are trying to keep up with the enquiries and should have our merchandise store and Ebay shop up and running soon. In the meantime please continue to support us, drinking and enjoying our beers from Nottingham’s oldest surviving name in the city’s brewing history: the Nottingham Brewery…small in scale…but big in flavour!

June - July 2012

Beer-wise one of our most exiting highlights in recent weeks has been the launch of Sir Blondeville, a quaffable 4% pale ale with a slightly bitter aftertaste – the first of an exclusive set commissioned by Midland’s based Pub People Company who operate several pubs in the Nottingham area including the tram-friendly Lion Inn, Basford.

As part of this branded beer deal we shall periodically be producing several bespoke beers that will only be available in selected outlets within the PPC group.

We are soon to be brewing a brand new easy-drinking session ale to be individually marketed as a house beer for four of Greater Nottinghams’ Wetherspoon’s outlets; this follows on from the tremendous success of TBI Ale produced exclusively for the Trent Bridge Inn, Trent Bridge.  The beer, under its own unique branding will be available in the Mapperley Top, Woodthorpe Drive; the Free Man, Carlton Road; the Gooseberry Bush, Peel Street, and the Samuel Hall, Mansfield Road, Sherwood; they will be available from Sunday, June 17th – Fathers Day in the UK, so why not treat your old man to a pint of Nottingham Brewery beer?

Finally, you may notice something different about the Plough Inn, situated adjacent to us here at NB towers – the beer hub of Radford.  Inside the pub, the bar now features as many of our own main-stay production beers as possible, plus guests, where beer pumps allow, but it’s the outside of the pub that’s really changed.  It’s been rebadged as the Nottingham Brewery Tap, and quite rightly so.  The unmistakable three-dimensional golden lettering and the rather large gloss-green advertising boards go that one step further to remind passersby that this one-time Raleigh-workers refreshment stop-off is now part of our rapidly growing small-scale beer empire – the Nottingham Brewery... small in scale...but big in flavour!

April - May 2012

Unfortunately our Pub of Excellence in January was cancelled due to lack of awareness on our part, however, the February outright winner was the brewery tap due to drinkers under duress from the landlady Mel who received her prize, but is now exempt from the competition.  There was a good response from other pubs too, but we hope for an even better response in future months, especially as pubs will be able to be nominated via our contact form page.

Stouts will no doubt be a big hit on the Porter and Stout Stroll with Tommy Flynnes’ launching Saturday March 10. Available at Nottingham’s Bell Inn, and brewed in honour of Manager Tom Flynne, sales of this beer will help raise money for the Children’s Hospital charity.

April will see us brewing Knights T'ale again with 10p from each pint going to the Notts Lincs Air Ambulance.  We will also be doing a short run of St Georges Ale for the patron saint of England, and Shakespeare and me Mr Philip Darby, who happens to have be born on the same 23rd day of April, as the aforementioned.

Also in April (19th – 22nd) we are helping Wollaton Cricket Club with their beer festival of 20 interesting beers from not-so readily available small breweries from near and far in the intimate convivial atmosphere of their pavilion.

May sees us brewing three mild’s for the Camra Mild Trail as we did last year.  Centurion ND will rise again; Foundry Mild has been requested by Loughborough Camra for its 3rd year, being re-launched at the Moon & Bell, Loughborough; and of course our regular Rock Mild a year round favourite will no doubt grace many Locale pumps.

May 4th and 5th sees us sponsoring the inaugural South Notts Real Ale Festival at the Moderns Rugby Club.  Jelled with lots of enthusiasm and appearances from sporting celebrities, plus music and entertainment, it should make for a good weekend!

May should also see the brewing of the Pub Peoples’ spring seasonal ale – more details about this as soon as we have them.

Finally, our new merchandise will be available soon, so why not check-out this season’s best dressed brewer / brewsters’ attire from the catwalks of New York, Paris, Milan and...Radford!