Historic Nottingham beer returns in cask after 20 years


Shipstones_caskThe historic Shipstone’s beer has returned on draught to bars and pubs across the East Midlands after a 20-year hiatus.

The first cask barrels of the Nottingham brand were delivered across the city last week after the brewer was relaunched in July. It followed the launch of bottled Shipstone’s beer which has sold over 2,000 units through 80 stockists across the East Midlands.

Shipstone’s was acquired by Nottingham-based Richard Neale, who spent 16 years with brewing giant AB InBev. He has been working with Colin Brown, a former brewer at Shipstone’s Star Brewery, to ensure the beer is true to 150 years of brewing history and tradition.

“Seeing the Shipstone’s badge being fitted to beer pumps really was something special,” Richard said. “Getting this famous Nottingham brand back in bottles and on shelves was great, but cask-conditioned beer really brings back the memories of Shipstone’s heritage.”

One of the first venues to stock the beer was The Castle Pub, part of Ever So Sensible Group. Assistant manager Felix Bevis said: “The new Shipstone’s beer has already proved incredibly popular in bottles with our customers. Everyone has been delighted to see the historic brand back in pubs.”

Felix, who is pictured left with Richard Neale, added: “Now that we can order and stock a cask version of the beer, we expect to see an increase in sales as the Shipstone’s brand continues to make its comeback.”

The cask-conditioned Shipstone’s beer has an ABV of 3.8% and is available for order through Libra Drinks.

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