Merry Zmas

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Well, another beery year draws to a close and what a year it’s been! We have opened another pub at Nottingham and finally got permission to open another in Lincoln. We have a lot to tell you, but we will do that in our new email newsletter, HeadLineZ, which will be launched early in the new year. To sign up for the newsletter, simply visit our page here or ask for an email receipt when paying by card in the pub. Here are our holiday opening times, all other days are as usual (see website): Grantham: Christmas day – 10am – 2pm Retford: Christmas day – CLOSED Nottingham: Christmas day – CLOSED, Boxing day 2pm – 10pm Meanwhile we send out a massive thank-you to all our customers, old and new, for all your support and custom. We wish you …

BeerHeadZ Nottingham Station opens

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BeerHeadZ are proud to announce our third venue has opened in Nottingham. The pub, located in the historic grade II* listed ‘Cabman’s Shelter’, part of the Nottingham Railway Station, opened on time yesterday at 12pm, despite two hand pumps only arriving for install at 11.20. Talk about cutting it fine! Our first customer was Mr Downing, dad of manager Greg, who was duly served with a pint of Abbeydale Restoration at the crack of noon! The first beer to run out was Tiny Rebel Juicy, closely followed by the aforementioned Abbeydale. We had a great crowd in all day and met some lovely people. Hopefully they liked what they saw and tasted and will be back as friends. Initial opening hours will Sun-Thu 12.00-22.00 and Fri & Sat 12.00-23.00. We will monitor this and extend our hours if demand is …

Price cut on beers

Budget? We’ll drink to that!

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Despite drinkers up and down the country fearing another hike in beer duty in yesterday’s budget, the Chancellor announced that duty has been frozen (until the next budget at least). BeerHeadZ have decided to add to this good news by actually CUTTING the price of a pint by 20p to celebrate the opening of the new BeerHeadZ Nottingham to be followed in the New Year by Melton Mowbray and Lincoln. Reducing our prices, however, means we are no longer going to be able to extend our current 10p pint discount to loyalty card holders (which we have held for over three years) beyond December 1st. But be assured that there will be great offers in the future, starting very soon with a special promotion from the Cat Asylum brewery. Please remember that BeerHeadZ serve all our beers in oversize, lined …

Is this the final nail?

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I read, with a shudder, the news story from the Morning Advertiser‘s website that a Morrisons supermarket in Guiseley, West Yorkshire, has just installed a bar serving draught cask and craft beers. I have long since said that the only advantage that pubs have over supermarkets is that they sell draught beer and that the only reason that supermarkets don’t is that nobody has yet thought about it. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Supermarkets have a lot to answer for. They have all but destroyed the high street, closing local independent businesses such as butchers and green grocers and decimating traditional market stalls across the country. They happily sell absurdly cheap alcohol which is then drunk at home, on the street, or by pre-loaders before their visits to the pubs and clubs, but do not have to deal …

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Work starts at BeerHeadZ Nottingham

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We are delighted to announce that after weeks of delays, we have finally started work at BeerHeadZ Nottingham Station. The latest BeerHeadZ project wiil be in the former Cabman’s Shelter, situated on the corner of Carrington Street and Queen’s Road, and will feature three cask beers, three trad ciders, four craft keg lines and an ecclectic mix of goodies from the fridge. We hope to be open within four weeks so stay posted for the latest news. Unfortunately, our venture in Lincoln is getting rather bogged down. After both licensing and building consent going to committee due to objections, BeerHeadZ won both applications. Despite this, there has now been an appeal lodged against the licensing decision which now has to be heard in court. It is now highly unlikely that BeerHeadZ Lincoln will be open before Christmas. However, things are …

American bar at GBBF

GBBF should change.

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Well, the curtain closes on another hugely successful Great British Beer Festival, which ended yesterday. But whilst I enjoyed it and think it’s an incredibly well-run event and one that CAMRA should justifiably be proud of, I can’t help thinking that it’s not what it should be. Sure, there were 900-odd beers showcased. Sure, the beer (certainly the ones I sampled) was in top nick, but there is something big missing. GBBF, as CAMRA’s showcase event, should be highlighting the very best of the British beer industry. They should be presenting the pioneering breweries that are producing fantastic beers using cutting-edge techniques to brew exciting and innovative, world-class beers.  These breweries were almost totally absent (with less than a handful of exceptions – Tiny Rebel and Vocation to name a couple) and the beer choice was, in the main (and …