Located in Basford, Black Iris have become local legends within the span of a few years. They’ve got an excellent core range which includes the stunningly refreshing Endless Summer session IPA and hoppy Divine Elements IPA, but are constantly experimenting with new brews as shown in their recent Tryanuary Extravaganza. Ayup!
Boutilliers are difficult to pin down - refusing to call themselves seasonal or even having a core range. Since their establishment in 2016 in Faversham, their ethos has been all about making use of local artisans and whatever ingredients they get at the time, guaranteeing fresh and one-off beers that are never brewed again.
Brew By Numbers
Since starting out home-brewing in 2011, Brew By Numbers have since become one of the best and most recognisable faces of the London beer scene. These lot have a knack for re-inventing classic styles with modern brewing techniques - creating beer that is both forward-thinking and very drinkable.
Beloved Notts bottle-shop Brew Cavern are setting up their own stall at this year’s Craft Beer Festival and are planning to bring some serious stuff. They’ll have six taps, all pouring American-brewed imperial stouts and sour beers from breweries such as Perennial Ales, Cascade, AleSmith and Prairie.
Pioneers of the UK craft beer scene, BrewDog have gone from strength to strength and are the fastest-growing UK drinks company. While core beers like Punk IPA are a staple in the beer world, they’re still producing outstanding small batch brews which are all served up in their own taphouses nationwide.
Local brewery and pub group Castle Rock have dominated the Notts beer scene for years. While their core range needs no introduction, their passion for brewing seasonal and rotating craft brews is what keeps everyone on their toes. Even with the success they’ve had, they’re still constantly experimenting and pushing their limitations.
This Hartlepool based brewery has been re-thinking the way we brew lager by combining the rich heritage of German beer with the brewing techniques of the modern UK and US craft beer scene. All their lager is unfiltered; creating crisp, floral and juicy modern beers that are hot summer’s day ready.
Hawkshead are located in the heart of the Lake District and have been brewing beer since 2002 - it’s safe to say they know their stuff. While they predominantly produce real ales, they have a whole section of their brewery dedicated to craft beer; Hawkshead, however, keep everything at a micro level, ensuring great quality.
Junkyard is a local institution; a north-California inspired pourhouse, it has been fixing the city up with craft beer for many years now with fifteen rotating taps and a bottle shop. For the festival, however, Junkyard has already started putting aside great beer. Expect craft beer classics and some rare finds.
Combining a love for music and beer, local brewery Liquid Light have been composing some creative and groovy beverages since 2017. They recently took home a prize at the Independent Manchester Beer Convention and, with the recent fruity beer launch at BrewDog, they’re showing no signs of slowing down the tempo.
Little Earth Project
This tiny brewery in the Suffolk countryside specialises in wild, oak-aged, traditional farmhouse and sour beers. A completely self-sustainable site using local foraged ingredients, every single beer they produce is completely unique and different to the last - primarily due to the mixed fermentation process. They also make a batch of cider every year, too.
Lost Industry Brewing
Inspired by a love of the established California and the rising UK beer scene, Lost Industry started brewing in 2015 with a simple aim: to brew beer they wanted to drink. The Sheffield based brewery is fluid when it comes to brewing; without a core range, what they bring to the festival remains a mystery.
From humble beginnings in 2011, Magic Rock have since become one of the most recognisable breweries in the UK craft beer scene. They describe their beers as “Same but Different”, and they are masters at re-inventing classic styles to create refreshing, modern beer - something that’s reflected in their contemporary artwork.
These local legends have been creating environmentally-friendly, small-batch beer since 2006. While they’ve adapted with the styles of the times, their ethos to making completely sustainable beer hasn’t changed; they recycle waste water to wash their casks, use renewable energy and deliver their spent grain for animal feed.
Since 2012, Notts’ own Navigation brewery have been producing consistently great core and seasonal casks and kegs. As they do everything onsite themselves, their quality control for good beer is faultless - yet they can still produce up to 3 million pints worth of beer a year, of all kinds of styles.
Since becoming our Sneinton Market neighbours about a year ago, these guys have not stopped producing great beer. As the name suggests, they have been re-inventing classic beer styles with modern techniques, and they’re currently sat comfortably as the sixth best brewery in England according to Untappd.
North Brewing Co.
From the people behind the legendary North bar, Leeds based North Brewing Co. have brewed up a storm since setting up their brewery in 2015. They’ve won a slew of awards for both their beers and design - their core range consisting of some of the juiciest, hoppiest beers on the market.
A craft brewery through and through, Northern Monk are based in Leeds and are often considered at the forefront of the UK’s craft beer scene. While their core range of beers is fantastic, they’re constantly collaborating with other breweries - using traditional monastic brewing techniques to create outstanding, fresh beer.
Starting out by brewing hop-heavy cask ales in 2010, Leeds-based Ridgeside Brewery have since expanded into modern craft beer techniques and have produced some of the most experimental beers on the market. For example, recent beers have included a blueberry muffin milk stout and a white guava milkshake IPA.
Siren Craft Brew
Berkshire based Siren are known for their experimental and forward-thinking brews that have been luring people into craft beer since 2013. Being named 2015 RateBeer best English brewer and with over 100 releases planned for 2019 alone, expect these guys to bring something special along to the festival.
These up and coming Derbyshire brewers specialise in three things: big beers, hop bombs and smoked beers. A brewery established in 2015 and consisting of three well-versed homebrewers, these guys are focused on creating whatever beers they like to drink which, judging by their releases, is generally stronger stuff.
Local brewery Totally Brewed were officially founded in 2014, however head brewer, Rob, had been home-brewing award-winning pints for six years beforehand. These guys have perfected both cask and keg beers which you can find all over the city and in their own taphouses - just look for the beautifully detailed artwork.
Just off the North York Moors, Turning Point set up their brewery with a fresh water well directly beneath in which they source all the water they’ll ever need for their uniquely crafted beer. Focusing on unusual ingredient combinations - such as an upcoming chocolate custard stout - their beers are always surprising but thoroughly enjoyable.
Unity Brewing Co.
Unity were founded in 2016 and have started to gain influence with their reworking of Belgian-style classics - all their beers being seasonal, soft and completely vegan-friendly. Based in Southampton, Unity have set out to represent the south with their South Coast IPA: a very pale, juicy IPA brewed with spelt malt and dry-hopped Mosaic.