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Copthorne Brewing Co.

at the time of our visit located at The Nags Head, Old Great North Road, Sutton-on-Trent, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 6QJ tel: 01636 821802 http://www.quaffale.org.uk/php/brewery/1594     Dean Penney, Brewer tel: 07523 340989

visited by Wakefield CAMRA, 30 September 2010

The Nags Head is no longer a coaching inn and no longer on the A1, but.......
...................it has some damn fine locally brewed ales.

On the bar are Gold 4.0% a straw coloured hoppy session ale, Classic 3.8% a crisp golden brew with a hint of honey, Comanche 4.4% copper in colour with caramel overtones and Cossack 4.3% a bronze ale with toffee hints. Also brewed is Black Beauty at 4.8% a traditional London-style porter.

Just how local? 
Take a look round the back with brewer Dean Penney. We have been told that Dean is/was brewery engineer not so far away at Milestone Brewery.
It's a six barrel plant previously at Cathedrals Brewery in Lincoln.

Everything just gleams! (It's the same with the fermenters downstairs)

From the left, hot liquor tank, mash tun, electrically heated copper
Brewer Dean Penney explains his philosophy.

In August 2011 the brewery re-located a short distance to Darlton, just East of Markham.

These photos and many more of the brewery can be seen at higher resolution on a Picasa Web album.