This page is reserved for information about our interest in CAMRA [the Campaign for Real Ale] and Beers. It will also feature Andrew's annual Festival Fringe Fortnight information.
Please visit the Nottingham Beer Festival web-site was built by myself and has now closed for the 2016 session - keep visiting to see it morph into the 2017 version ...... literally watch this space.
A fitting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 60th Anniversary Jubilee
Taste the Difference - November 2016
Here is Andrew beginning his beer tasting duties - video and dialogue available here
Hucknall Beer Festival - February 2012
Another success - this time the beer did not run out - from the Hucknall Dispatch:
Festival frolics - Godber Centre manager Kim Pears watches CAMRA branch secretary Andrew Ludlow pull a pint
Beer Festival is tipplers’ triumph!
It was cheers all the way as the newly-revived Hucknall Beer Festival proved a tipplers’ triumph. The eagerly-awaited three-day event took place at the John Godber Centre on Hucknall’s Ogle Street.
Centre manager Kim Pears said she was delighted with the success of the festival, which was her first since she took charge at the venue. To avoid a repeat of last year’s shambles, when the organisers ran out of beer halfway through, the amount of ale available was doubled this year. Kim said she did not normally drink beer but had been ‘converted’ as a result of trying out one of the brews on offer, Little Tick, from the Wentwell Brewery, of Derby.
Other breweries represented were from as far afield as Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, while beers had such quaint names as Pig In A Pin, Snowdrop and Land Of Hop And Glory. About 40 different drinks could be enjoyed. They included a selection of ciders and an Eric Coates triple perry from Torkard Cider, of Hucknall. This was in honour of the famous Hucknall-born composer and it was made from pears which had been collected in the town,
A highlight of the festival came on the Saturday night when there was entertainment by the band, No Fixed Abode. They performed to a full house, which was a big contrast to their appearance last year when they had an audience of only 12 because the beer had run out! Kim said she was grateful for support from the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) and other volunteers to help run the event, including members of Hucknall Rotary Club and Hucknall Round Table. An added attraction on the Friday was a farmers’ market, which included a pie stall and a craft fair.
Nottingham Beer Festival 2012
I have now started work on the web-site trying to de-clutter and create some new images (I'm a little tired of hops but here they are on Andrew's page anyway) and whilst I was about my business I found this - the Notts. County Fan's dream beer:
Pie Eyed and Perfect at 150
Notts County fan and real ale lover, Eric Jackson of Keyworth has earned a place in the histories of beer and football by coming up with a perfect name for the world’s first real ale brewed to celebrate a football league club’s 150th anniversary.
His ‘Pie Eyed 150’, from Castle Rock Brewery, has been brewed and gone on sale at the Meadow Lane ground and at pubs across Nottingham and the East Midlands to help mark the milestone in the history of Notts County, the world’s oldest football league club. As part of his prize, Eric toured the brewery and added hops at a vital stage of the brewing process. As a guest of Notts County, he helped the club’s chairman, Ray Trew, launch the beer before the club’s first home game of 2012.
For Eric, this is his first big competition win. “OK, I’ve had a couple to tenners on the Lottery; but this is beyond my wildest dreams to enter a competition at the club I love and end up naming this beer. All the better as I’ve been a real ale fan since I started drinking; I think it’s good for you,” he said.
As a lad, 61 years ago, Eric travelled to home matches by trolley bus from Giltbrook and he’s been an ardent Notts supporter ever since.
Pie Eyed 150 is a typical Nottingham session beer, brewed to 3.6 per cent alcohol. The single brew will be split with most going into casks to be sold on hand pumps at real ale pubs and Meadow Lane. A small draught taken first will be reserved for the bottled souvenir range with another 6,000 pints going into bottles to give the Notts County fans all over the world a chance to celebrate their club’s amazing milestone.
Notts CEO Jim Rodwell said he thought the beer was a wonderful idea. “I can’t think of a better way to commemorate our 150th anniversary. It’s a perfect name, just as long as the players don’t get pie-eyed”.
Eric Jackson (left) and Colin Wilde at Meadow Lane as Notts County chairman Ray Trew does the honours to pull the first pint of Pie Eyed 150.
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From Times of Malta:
"Ale for oldest football club
Supporters of the world’s oldest football league club can raise a glass to toast its 150th anniversary with real ale brewed to celebrate the milestone. Pie Eyed 150 has been launched to mark Notts County FC’s special date and has gone on sale at the Meadow Lane ground and at pubs across the region.
Real ale lover and supporter Eric Jackson, of Keyworth in Nottinghamshire, came up with the name for the beer, from Castle Rock Brewery, and helped add the hops to the brew. As a guest of the Magpies, who play in black and white, he helped the club’s chairman, Ray Trew, launch the beer before the club’s first home game of 2012."
Page updated : 5th December 2016