Nottingham’s Award-Winning Week of Beer Events is Back This August

Nottingham Craft Beer Week returns from Sat 14 - Sat 21 August, with a range of industry-leading events across the city and county.

The annual week of events, which in March 2020 was awarded the title of the ‘UK’s Best Craft Beer Promotion’ by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), is back this year after a one year hiatus with a range of covid-safe events that will appeal to beer-lovers of all ages. It’s in Nottingham are excited to be sponsoring the event again this year!

This year’s events include:
 Talks from renowned beer and food authors Pete Brown (BBC Radio 4), Roger Protz (former Editor of the Good Beer Guide) and Adrian Tierney-Jones (2017 Beer Writer of the Year)
 A collectors trail of free postcard art across 38 pubs from local artist The Art of Beer
● The launch of Battle of the Breweries, a new international beer-based card game
● Hop Idol: A new contest to celebrate the Nottingham’s best home-brewers
● Smash The Pint-riarchy: A panel discussion for and about women in the industry
● Three sessions of great beer, food, live music and more at Nottingham Craft Beer Festival
Further information about guests and events

Adrian Tierney-Jones is an award-winning beer writer whose work also appears in the Daily Telegraph, The Daily Star and Good Beer Hunting. In 2017 he was crowned the UK Beer Writer of the Year. His talk will focus and digress on the theme of his book The Seven Moods of Craft Beer. He is appearing at Bunkers Hill on Saturday 14 August. Tickets are £5 and this includes three 1/3s of beer for you to taste alongside him at the event.

Pete Brown has authored over a dozen books about food and drink, won 'Beer Writer of the Year' three times and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He’s doing two events during his time in Nottingham. Pie Fidelity, a talk themed around his book about British food, will take place from 7pm at the Kilpin Cafe on Monday 16 August. Tickets are £20, which includes a beer, a pie and peas and a copy of the book. Beer By Design, a talk themed about his book about beer branding and design, will take place from 7.30pm at Kraft Werks in Sherwood on Tuesday 17 August. Tickets are £10 and include a copy of the book.

The Art of Beer is a visual beer diary project by Ruddington-based artist Seth Smith. It started in 2015 when he vowed to illustrate 500 beers in a year. Last year he worked with Nottingham Craft Beer Week to release a collectors postcard set of 41-Nottingham pubs and bars under the ‘Art Out To Help Out’ banner. This year he’s curated the visuals and branding for the week and will also release a new set of artwork for collectors themed around favourite Nottingham-brewed beers. This artwork will be available as free postcards at 30+ venues during the week, which you can claim from the bar each time you make a purchase.

Roger Protz is the godfather of beer writers. He joined CAMRA in 1976 and has edited over 20 editions of CAMRAs Good Beer Guide, working on it between 1978-83 and 2000-2018. He's also written dozens more books about his passion for great beer. He’s doing two events with us during the week, themed around two of his recent books. 300 Beers To Try Before You Die is a talk at Embankment Pub and Kitchen about some of his favourite beers. Tickets are a bargain £5 and this includes a copy of his 300 More Beers To Try Before You Die book (RRP £14.99). IPA: A Legend In Our Time is a talk at The Cross Keys about the history of the flagship IPA beer. Tickets are £10 and this includes a copy of the book (RRP £20).

Battle of the Breweries is a new international beer-based card game, created by Nottingham-based Joe Swatland, that launches it’s inaugural tournament at Canalhouse in Nottingham on Sunday 15 August. At the event, tables of four people will compete against each other in a knockout format. The top two players from each table will progress through the rounds until an inaugural Champion will be declared. The game is extremely easy to learn and the creators will be there on the day to teach participants how to play. Tickets for this event are £5 and this will include a £5 Castle Rock beer voucher as well as other freebies.

Hop Idol is a new annual feature of the week - a home brewing contest to celebrate Nottinghamshires best new home brewers. Entries are open now and close on 12 July to allow time for the beers to brew in time for judging on Monday 16 August. Judges will include brewers from Totally Brewed and Black Iris, the landlady of The Abdication Micropub and representatives from Brew Day brewing supplies and CAMRA Nottingham. Prizes on offer to the winners include brewing kit vouchers and the opportunity to brew your beer with local brewery Totally Brewed and have it available on tap at the 2021 Nottingham Beer and Cider Festival.

Smash The Pint-riarchy is a panel discussion event themed around women in the beer industry that will take place at Liquid Light’s new taproom on Thursday 19 August. Panel guests will include:

● Siobhan Buchanan aka @britishbeergirl; a beer writer who has been using her Instagram and Twitter platforms to collect stories of sexism and discrimination in craft beer, and to the highlight systemic problem of harassment in the hospitality industry.
● Jaega Wise; Nottingham-born brewer and founder of the Walthamstow-based Wild Card Brewery. She’s also a Director of SIBA and a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme.
● Marianne Hodgkinson a beer industry professional for 10 years and the co-host of the Time At The Bar podcast
● Natalie Bullin, the Young Member contact for Nottingham CAMRA The panel will be chaired by Grace Copley, the co-founder of Nottingham’s Liquid Light Brewery. Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds raised will be donated to the Nottingham Women’s Centre.

Nottingham Craft Beer Festival will once again provide the grand finale to the week of events on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 August. Taking place at Sneinton Avenues over three sessions (Fri night, Sat day and Sat night). The festival is a showcase of the best local and international breweries and will this year include stalls from Northern Monk (Leeds), Wylam (Newcasle), Pomona Island (Salford), Vault City (Edinburgh), Black Iris, Neon Raptor, Castle Rock (all Nottingham), an American craft beer bar and many more. Food will be provided by Nottingham Street Food Club and friends. Music will include live acts and DJ sets from local promoters Wigflex and Soul Buggin. Tickets for all sessions (at a reduced 700-capacity for each session) sold out in early May 2021. However, following the restrictions being lifted this month, there will be one further release of tickets at the start of August.

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