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Castle Rock Brewery

Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB tel: 0115 985 1615 www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk

visited by Wakefield CAMRA, Saturday 12 February 2011

Castle Rock Brewery was born in 1998 in a vacant building next door to Tynemill Pub Company's Vat & Fiddle pub on the edge of Nottingham's city centre. It has steadily expanded into further adjacent buildings until the present new brewing hall has given it a space which should give scope for any future plans for some time to come. In 2010 Castle Rock's flagship session beer, Harvest Pale, was named CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain. We were privileged to be taken round by Castle Rock Chairman Chris Holmes.
Chris tells us how the brewery grew, and grew,
and grew!
The brewery's new location will be able to make full use of the height of the new brewing hall although it is not actually a tower brewery: the grist hopper and malt store are at first floor level but the hot liquor tank, mash tun and boiling vessel are on the ground, and can be seen on the Web Album which is linked to this page. Among other snippets that we picked up is that Elsie Mo is named after the malt used in its making: Low Colour Maris Otter - LCMO!
There's plenty of room for any new fermenting vessels or conditioning tanks to be even taller. As we viewed the brewing operation from first floor level, head brewer Adrian Redgrove was scrupulously sluicing and squeegeeing the floor of the brewing hall (see linked Web Album)

These pictures, and many more of the brewery itself can viewed on this PicasaWeb Album. Also some of the city's outstanding pubs, including Britain's oldest can be viewed on this PicasaWeb Album