Nottingham Craft Beer Week returns to the city from Saturday 8 – Saturday 15 June, supported by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID).
The event is now in its fifth year and is increasingly recognised as one of the biggest beer events in the UK calendar.
In 2019 there are a record 38 bars and pubs taking part across Nottingham. Hundreds of guests and representatives from breweries and beer companies across the world will descend upon the city for a week of appreciation of the nation’s favourite alcoholic drink.
Key events at Nottingham Craft Beer Week (NCBW19) include:
- The Brewers Lectures:
A national event with an all-star line-up of speakers
- Original Gravity Live:
The heads of the UK and Canada based magazine in conversation
- Emma Inch:
A taste and talk with the 2018 British Beer Writer of the Year
- Black Magic:
An exhibition of craft beer artwork from two of the UK’s leading artists
- Beer Day Britain:
Founder Jane Peyton leads the UK ‘Cheers To Beer’ from Nottingham
- Beermat Doodles:
Nottingham’s best artists in local pubs doing bespoke free artwork
- Nottingham Craft Beer Festival:
25+ breweries, 2000+ guests expected over 3 sessions
“Initiatives like Craft Beer Week are a great way of encouraging more people to come into the city centre which benefits all of our members, not just the pubs and bars, which is why we have decided to support it again,” said Andy Crawford, a director of Nottingham BID. “It’s brilliant to see lots of our members who serve craft beer getting involved and organising events. We hope very much that it’s a great success.”
Nigel Garlick, owner of Junkyard and The Herbert Kilpin said: “Back in 2014 a group of us who work in the pub trade got together and hatched a plan to open a few eyes and promote this new way of enjoying beer. Craft beer has grown a lot since then and this year seems more of a celebration of everything since. We have some amazing new breweries, some fantastic bars, and some very, very passionate beer drinkers in this city. Nottingham loves craft beer, let’s celebrate that. It’s nice to see so many people coming from outside to enjoy it too.”
KEY EVENTS AT THIS YEAR’S NOTTINGHAM CRAFT BEER WEEK
The Brewers Lectures – The Canalhouse – Wed 12 June
Long-established lecture series from UK industry bible The Brewers Journal(their first time in Nottingham). Speakers include; Stu McKinlay (founder of New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys), Meghan Waites (Beavertown), Alex Troncoso (Lost and Grounded), Roger Ryman (St Austell), Jamie Ramshaw (Simpsons Malt) and Rod White (Professor at the International Centre for Brewing Science, Uni of Nottingham).
Black Magic Exhibition – The Malt Cross – All week
A major feature of craft beer is the artwork. We’ve collated work from two of the seminal artists in the UK scene. Richard Norgate is the designer for Magic Rock Brewery, The Arctic Monkeys (Favourite Worst Nightmare album) and BBC’s The Now Show. Kev Grey is the artist behind Nottingham’s Black Iris Brewery and also does work for Vans Trainers and Lost Art Skate Shop. They’ll also be joined by Nottingham-based beer can artist Kelly Ann-Holmes for a week-long free exhibition.
Original Gravity Live – The Herbert Kilpin – Tue 11 June
Original Gravity is a craft beer magazine distributed across the UK and Canada. We will be joined by their Editor Adrian Tierney-Jones (Beer Writer of the Year 2017), Editor at Large Pete Brown (author of Miracle Brew, Pie Fidelityand Man Walks Into A Pub) and their publisher Daniel Nielson for an evening of beer-related conversation.
Emma Inch – The Crafty Crow – Thurs 13 June
Emma was voted as Beer Writer of the Year 2018 by the British Guild of Beer Writers. She is also the founder of Fermentation Beer and Brewing Radio, a national audio magazine, and will be recording an episode in Nottingham during the week.
Pint of Science – Bunkers Hill – Mon 10 June
A worldwide science festival where scientists and academics give lectures in a pub is taking place later this month across the UK. They’ll be back for a sneaky encore a couple of weeks later for an evening at this Hockley-based pub.
Beer Day Britain – Saturday 15 June
Jane Peyton is the founder of Beer Day Britain, a national campaign to celebrate beer together. She usually leads the national ‘Cheers To Beer’ from London, but this year we’ve persuaded her to decamp to Nottingham and visit our pubs before appearing on stage at Nottingham Craft Beer Festival.
Nottingham Craft Beer Festival – Fri 14 and Sat 15 June – Sneinton Market Avenues
Over 2000 attendees will visit this festival over the three sessions. Expect 25 of the world’s best breweries all manning stalls and offering limited edition beverages, alongside music from Wigflex and I’m Not From London, and food from Nottingham Street Food Club.
The full list of Nottingham-based bars taking part in NCBW19 are:
Bread and Bitter
Cock and Hoop
The Cross Keys
Fox and Grapes
Head of Steam
The Hockley Rebel
Lion at Basford
Neon Raptor Tap Room
Poppy & Pint
Six Barrel Drafthouse