A champion pint from Nottinghamshire

Fancy A Pint? The retirement project to sample a pint of beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in the United Kingdom.

DSC00087County: Nottinghamshire.

What is it called? Harvest Pale.

Who made it? Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham. The brewery was formed in 1977 as Tynemill by former Camra chairman Chris Holmes. More information at http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk

What is it? Blonde beer, brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Chinook hops.

Alc Vol: 4.3%

What it says on the label: “The draught version has won many awards, not least in 2010 when it was awarded Champion Beer Of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival. So that you can enjoy Harvest Pale at home, we have created a fuller strength beer, but one that retains the crisp, golden hoppy character we expect from a true champion.”

Food combination: Nothing suggested on the bottle. I drank it on its own.

Retired Bloke Verdict: A lot is expected from a champion beer; I enjoyed the clear taste. The combination of hops produced a typically citrus aroma. Overall, very refreshing.

It’s not about the beer: Traffic lights were invented in Nottingham by High School pupil John Peake Knight. His system had a revolving gas-powered lantern with red and green lights. The first one was placed near the House of Commons in London.

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