Sorry, had to go early again due to busy day tomorrow.
This week takes us back into the East Midlands and the landlocked county of Nottinghamshire. The county lies on the Fosse Way and there were Roman Settlements and forts in the area. After the Roman withdrawal the area was taken over by Angles and became part of the Kingdom of Mercia. The first recording of the county name came in 1016 but it never became a county in its own right until 1568 as it was united with Derbyshire until then. Under the Normans the area developed Malting and Woollen industries however during the Industrial Revolution the county became a Coal Mining and Iron Ore district.
The county is largely undulating hill country with Sherwood Forest taking up a considerable acreage. The River Trent drains through the county running from West to East.
The principal conurbations are Nottingham itself, Mansfield, Newark on Trent, Worksop and Sutton in Ashfield.
On Ratebeer we have a total of 71 Breweries with 49 currently active and 22 closed. Just 3 of these are Client / Commissioner breweries.
The oldest currently active brewery we have for the county is Springhead Brewery of Laneham (Est 1990) however brewing in the county goes back much further. The oldest, now closed brewery we have is Hardy’s & Hansons of Nottingham (Est 1832) aka Kimberley Brewery. Originally two neighbouring breweries that did not combine until 1930. Both breweries used the same spring water in Kimberley which eventually ran short so they had to come to an agreement to source another spring water source. In 2006 the Hardys and Hansons Kimberley Brewery and associated pubs were sold to Greene King, who immediately closed the brewing operation, moving brands to Bury St Edmonds. The site is now developed into housing.
In the 2020 Ratebeer awards best Brewery went to Neon Raptor Brewing Co. The award for Best Beer went to Neon Raptor Centaur Army. No award was made for new brewery.
The Top 10 Beers for Nottinghamshire are –
- Neon Raptor Centaur Army
- Neon Raptor Abandoned Dragons
- Neon Raptor / Staggeringly Good The Do Move in Herds
- Neon Raptor Mountain Moves
- Neon Raptor 20,000 Containers Under the Sea
- Neon Raptor Critically Endangered
- Neon Raptor / Voodoo Forbidden Wizards
- Neon Raptor Levitating Tactics
- Black Iris Circle of Snakes
- Neon Raptor Bigfoot Expert
The Top Pubs & Bars in Nottinghamshire are –
- Canalhouse (Castle Rock), Nottingham – 87
- Junkyard, Nottingham – 87
- Brewdog, Nottingham – 86
- Kraft Werks, Nottingham Mapperley – 84
- Crafty Crow (Magpie), Nottingham – 84
- Beerheadz Nottingham Station – 84
There is also a highly rated Bottle Shop
- Brew Cavern, Nottingham – 84
The Top 5 Raters of Nottinghamshire Beers are –
You will require 70 beers currently to get onto the top 50 list for the county.
The Top Rater who resides in Nottinghamshire is –
@theprof who happily is rating away with us.