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14th April 2015

THE BIG HOP’PORTUNITY Nicholson’s launches Beer Festival

From 23rd April – 10th May, Nicholson’s Pubs will be launching the Nicholson’s Beer Festival across the UK. With an unrivalled selection of 14 Golden Ales to match the increasingly golden days of summer, the Nicholson’s Beer Festival will offer something for everyone – whether you’re an IPA expert or appreciating an adventurous Blonde for the first time. By downloading the Nicholson’s Hop Circle app, the first pint is a welcome £1.

Throughout the two week festival, there will be a unique opportunity to sample ales from Nicholson’s Grain to Glass competition, where a trio of British brewers were tasked with improvising ales from a ‘blind’ selection of ingredients.  Varieties of ‘Style’, ‘ABV Range’ and ‘Hop Region’ were all selected at random, with the brewers relying on their creativity, experience and brewing know-how to create three innovative beers that will delight any inquisitive festival guest.

Alongside the Grain to Glass beer, cask ales from national favourites, as well as upcoming microbrews and craft beers will be on offer. Nicholson’s Beer Festival offers an unrivalled cask ale offering that can be enjoyed throughout the two week period.


Nicholson’s Hop Circle app also adds a unique digital element to the festival: tasting notes and information can be read and shared via the app’s Ale Library, where guests can also vote for their favourite Grain to Glass ale and enjoy a selection of rewards and benefits for their loyalty. Free to download on both iOS and Android phones, the app also allows users to find their nearest Nicholson’s pub, browse a collection of tasting notes in the Ale Library, and automatically receive further offers and promotions throughout the year. Furthermore, anyone that uses the Hop Circle app during the festival will get the opportunity to win exclusive money-can’t-buy experiences such as spending a day helping to brew the next batch of Hadley’s Gold Ale with Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley.


The variety doesn’t stop with the range of ale on offer:  a new range of gins including Adnams Gin, Opihr Gin and Tanqueray are also available for those wanting to be part of Nicholson’s rich history, which is as intertwined with gin just as much as its beer.



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For more information or images, please contact Max Irvine at Richer Communications on 020 8741 5900 or email

Notes To Editors

–                       “Grain to Glass” beers have been brewed by Harvistoun, Acorn and Sambrookes breweries.

–                      Full range of festival beers is as follows:

Harvistoun, Tasman Bullet – 4.0%; Acorn, Santa Maria – 3.7%, Sambrookes, Speakeasy Pale Ale – 4.3%; Oakham, Azacca – 4.2%; Knops, East Coast Pale – 3.8%; Tiny Rebel, One Inch Punch – 3.9%; Anarchy Brew Co, Blonde Star – 4.1%; Great Yorkshire Brewery, Hadley’s Gold – 4.0%; Alchemy Brewing, Star Law – 3.5%; East London Brewing, Cowcatcher American Pale – 4.8%; Liverpool Craft Beer Co, Quokka – 3.9%; By the Horns, Stiff Upper Lip – 3.8%; Charles Wels, Bombardier Burning Gold – 4.1%; Marston’s, Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold – 4.2%


About Nicholson’s:

First launched back in 1873, Nicholson’s pubs now extend over the entire country from London to Edinburgh with 80 different locations.

Nicholson’s prides itself on the colourful history and the striking architecture of each individually designed pub in the group. With a timeless atmosphere and character by the barrelful, it’s the perfect place to try an ale from the widest selection available, enjoy a gin from some of the most unique gin producers in the country and tuck into some hearty food. From a night out with friends, to having a drink while shopping or enjoying dinner with your family, every occasion can be a Nicholson’s one.

Find out more about your local Nicholson’s by visiting, following on twitter @Nicholsonspubs, or visiting the facebook

  • Nicholson’s includes some of the finest examples of historic, traditional London taverns in the UK
  • The Coal Hole on London’s Strand has been trading since 1780 and The Williamson’s Tavern is said to have the oldest alcohol license in the city
  • Every pub has at least eight hand pulled beers from national favourites to upcoming microbreweries
  • We pour over 4,700,000 pints of cask ale a year
  • Lots of our pubs have a dining room where you can enjoy pub classics and seasonal favourites for lunch or dinner
  • We’re famous for hearty breakfasts, with many of our pubs open for a full English breakfast
  • You can take part in the Nicholson’s London Ale Trail or the Nicholson’s Scottish Ale Trail