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Brewing in Nottinghamshire

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Author: Keith Osborne

For centuries, Nottingham had a reputation for brewing good ale. In the seventeenth century, the diarist Samuel Pepys referred to Nottingham ale being sold in London. The city – and Nottinghamshire in general – relied upon a water supply very similar in character to that of Burton-on-Trent, giving rise to beers with a very soft and pleasant taste. The number of breweries was influenced by the nearby barley growing areas.

This book tells the story of the old commercial breweries in Nottinghamshire. Nottingham itself was probably unique in that the soft red sandstone caves underneath the city were ideal for the storage and fermentation of beer, being deep and cool, allowing the beer to be kept at a constant temperature. Breweries exploited this advantage and one – the Nottingham Brewery Ltd – advertised its products as ‘Rock Ales’.

A high proportion of the pubs and beer houses in the city and the county had small home brew houses attached and sold only at their pub. All known home-brewed pubs are listed, but probably the larger firms will prompt the most nostalgia. Most people will fondly remember the massive Shipstones and Home Ales breweries in Nottingham, and also Hardy Hansons, and James Hole and Warwicks & Richardsons in Newark, but many other old established breweries in the county are recalled in the book.

Book ISBN 9781445661070

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Oct 2016

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 180

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