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Award Winning Ales

Nottinghamshire's brewers are passionate about their work - that's why so many of them have received prestigious awards from nationally-recognised organisations such as CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers).

Below you will find a list of our breweries' award-winning core ranges which are regularly available at pubs around the city and county, including brewery taps. Many of these breweries have also received awards for their seasonal or one-off beers so keep an eye out for them when you are out and about.

Blue Monkey

Beer: 99 Red Baboons

Tasting Notes: An unusual combination of fruity hoppiness with a dark, malty side. Contains elements of both a mild and porter.

Awards: Bronze Siba Regional (2013), Gold Hinckley CAMRA Beer Festival (2010).

Blue Monkey

Beer: Ape Ale

Tasting Notes: This complex IPA is made using American hops and has notes of pine, orange and citrus with a dry finish.  

Awards: Silver Siba Regional (2013), CAMRA Champion Beer of Nottingham (2013), SIBA National Champion (2013), SIBA Champion Bottled Beer of the Midlands (2012), SIBA Midlands Gold Medal (2012).

Blue Monkey

Beer: BG Sips

Tasting Notes: A pale and intensely hoppy beer with enticing tropical fruit aromas.

Awards: Champion Beer of Britain East Midlands (2013), Gold Maldon CAMRA beer Festival (2010), Silver Devises CAMRA Beer Festival (2010).

Blue Monkey

Beer: Guerrilla

Tasting Notes: This beer has a malty complexity balanced by a robust bitter bite.

Awards: Bronze Champion Beer of Britain East Midlands (2013), Supreme Champion Beer of the Midlands SIBA Midlands Competition (2009).

Blue Monkey

Beer: Infinity

Tasting Notes: This pale ale, which is brewed with Citra hops from the USA, is one of the most popular in the Blue Monkey range.

Awards: Bronze Nottingham Festival SIBA Competition (2014), Gold Siba Regional Premium Bitters (2013), Silver Siba Regional Bottled Gold Beers (2013).

Blue Monkey

Beer: Marmoset

Tasting Notes: A pale malt, bittered with magnum & flavoured with citra hops. A highly hopped citrusy session beer with a deliciously dry finish.

Awards: Bronze Nottingham Festival SIBA Competition (2014), Bronze Bronze Siba Regional Standard Bitters (2013).

Castle Rock

Beer: Black Gold

Tasting Notes: A well balanced dark mild ale with some bitterness, full bodied, but not overly sweet. It delivers a light fresh taste to one of the more traditional of beer styles.

Awards: CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain (2014), Gold CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain East Midlands Regional Awards (2014), Gold Champion Beers of Britain (2013), Bronze SIBA Midlands Beer Competition (2009), Gold Woking Beer Festival (2009).

Castle Rock

Beer: Elsie Mo

Tasting Notes: Elsie Mo’s name is derived from the Low Colour Maris Otter malt from which she’s exclusively brewed - and which gives her that golden hue. Brewed using a blend of hops, it has a tempting aroma and pleasant after taste. 

Award: Gold Best Bitters Category (2013), Silver SIBA Midlands Beer Competition (2008/9).

Castle Rock

Beer: Harvest Pale

Tasting Notes: Castle Rock's flagship beer is brewed with a gently-kilned malt and an aromatic blend of American hops. This light, crisp ale is perfect for a summer's day.

Award: Bronze Golden Ales Category (2013), Overall Winner at Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival Competition (2012), Champion Beer of the Isle of Man Beer Festival (2012).

Castle Rock

Beer: Screech Owl

Tasting Notes: Brewed to export strength this strong well hopped India Pale Ale has become a firm favourite with fans. This multi award-winning beer is amber with a fresh, citrus taste.

Award: Bronze Robin Hood Beer Festival (2014), Silver Champion Beer of the East Midlands (2014), CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain (2013), Silver Champion Beer of the East Midlands (2013), Silver SIBA Midlands Beer Competition (2010).

Flipside Brewery

Beer: Russian Rouble

Tasting Notes: A Russian Imperial Stout with an ABV of 7.3%, this smooth yet tangy dark ale has notes of chocolate.

Award: Gold SIBA Regional Winner (2013), Bronze SIBA National Winner.

Lincoln Green

Beer: Tuck Porter

Tasting notes: A rich, well-rounded porter which promises to warm you on a cold night.

Award: Winner of the CAMRA Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire (2014).


Beer: Best Bitter

Tasting notes: A smooth tasting copper coloured beer, with medium bitterness and low to medium sweetness. It has a light spicy aroma an ABV of 3.8%.

Award: CAMRA Gold Award Best Bitter (2014).



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