Nottingham is to host its first Craft Beer Week next month, with events, promotions and other activities in bars across the city.
Taking place from Monday June 15 to Sunday June 21, it will bring together over 20 bars, bottle shops and breweries to “promote and develop Nottingham’s love of craft beer”.
It is designed to appeal to the uninitiated as well as beer drinkers and beer geeks, according to Nigel Garlick, co-founder of Nottingham Craft Beer Week and director of beer importer Left Coast Distribution.
He said: “For the casual drinker, we will be providing a series of bar- and bottle shop-led events at which we will endeavour to make craft beer more accessible. For the beer drinker, we want to introduce and inform about the endless possibilities of styles and tastes of craft keg beer.
“Whilst self-confessed beer geeks will be excited by news that there will be an influx of some new and truly amazing craft beers into the city.”
Details are available on a new website at www.craftbeerweek.co.uk, and there is a printed map showing where the events and venues are in the city.
Participating bars and pubs included The Ned Ludd, Bunkers Hill, The Crafty Crow, Kean’s Head, Trent Navigation, Poppy & Pint, The Canalhouse, Boilermaker and Junkyard. Brewers signed up so far include Black Iris Brewery and Totally Brewed.
To get involved, bars and other venues in Nottingham or brewers and others in the trade should contact the organisers at email@example.com.
Nigel, who opened Junkyard Bottle Shop and Pour House bar in Nottingham last year, added: “Nottingham already has the best real ale festival in Britain which is run and supported by some of the most passionate beer drinkers in the country. Nottingham Craft Beer Week will show the outside world that our city also has many venues and brewers equally passionate about craft keg beers.
“It’s also a chance for more bars to embrace the world of craft beer. It isn’t all about trendy hipsters sipping over-priced, over-hopped beers, as many critics would have you think. It is just a celebration of the beers that do not comply with traditional brewing rules and regulations defined by real ale consumer groups such as CAMRA.
“This is very much an independent, venue-led initiative that will promote craft beer sampling, meet-the-brewer evenings, brewery tours and live music events.”
Nottingham Craft Beer Week is backed by the city centre’s Business Improvement District partnership of businesses that work together to improve the area and attract more visitors.
The BID’s chairman Jeff Allen said: “An event like this which puts Nottingham on the local, regional and national map, involves a number of our members and brings more people into the city is welcomed. We hope that lots of people support it and that it’s a great success.”