WEST Bridgford’s newest microbrewery was officially unveiled in front of an excited crowd of over 200 guests last night (29 June) during the VIP launch night of Brewhouse & Kitchen on Trent Bridge.

The name ‘Copper Forest Brewery’ for the new microbrewery was chosen by the crowd on the night, from a shortlist of suggestions submitted by the general public. VIP guest Marcellus Baz, founder of the Nottingham School of Boxing, officially unveiled the winning title.

The former Riverbank site, boasting views overlooking the River Trent in the heart of West Bridgford, Nottingham, has seen a £600,000 investment to transform the venue.

The new Brewhouse & Kitchen will be an original offering for the area – featuring an upstairs function room with capacity for 120 guests and can cater for 550 guests in total within the bar, restaurant and garden areas.

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The new brewpub opened to the public on Father’s Day (18 June) – the 17th site in Brewhouse & Kitchen’s rapidly expanding portfolio and the first to open in the East Midlands.

Speaking of the opening, Marcellus Baz BEM, said: “I was absolutely ecstatic and really honoured to have been asked to open Brewhouse & Kitchen. I’m a local lad, having grown up just a stone’s throw away from this very site, and was really disappointed to see Riverbank close earlier in the year.

“What Simon at Brewhouse & Kitchen has done with the site is absolutely amazing. They’ve really used all of the building’s perks and character to its full potential.

“Not only that, but I think there’s something really special about a family-run business that has seen so much success in a relatively short space of time coming into this community. By opening here, Brewhouse & Kitchen is investing in not only the local economy but creating jobs and supporting the development of what I am sure will be a talented team.”

As an operation, Brewhouse & Kitchen is one of the UK’s fastest growing companies, with an annual anticipated turnover in excess of £18 million for 2017, an increase of 75% on the previous year.

Managing director Simon Bunn said: “We have been delighted with the response to our new Brewhouse & Kitchen site in West Bridgford and we would like to thank everyone who attended our launch party last night and made it such a success.

“We had a fantastic crowd who were really enthused about the unique offering we are bringing to Nottingham and we are sure the brews from the newly-named Copper Forest Brewery will become firm favourites amongst the local community.”

Each pub serves over 50 different craft beers and an interesting selection of ciders from breweries around the world, as well as a playful selection of ‘beertails’, wines and spirits, expertly paired with dishes from its menus.

As part of the venue’s extensive drinks offering, a number of the beers on offer will be exclusive to the Copper Forest Brewery. These include a core range of five own-brewed beers, available year-round, a seasonal beer which will rotate approximately every six weeks and an ever-changing ‘brewer’s choice’, in which the on-site brewer will be free to produce his own brews.

Each of these exclusive beers will be themed to pay homage to the West Bridgford and Nottinghamshire areas, with a fun fact or extraordinary story to accompany it, including Constable, 1899, Tricky Tree, Street Block and Talladega Pale. Full details of the stories behind these beers can be found in the Little Book of Beer Stories.

Customers looking for an education in brewing will be able to book themselves onto Brewhouse & Kitchen’s famed Beer Masterclass and a day-long Brewery Experience Day – organised by the resident beer expert and on-site brewer.

The Beer Masterclass covers eight different types of beer, exploring the flavour profiles and history of each, while the more intensive Brewery Experience Day provides an opportunity for customers to get involved in brewing some beer.

For more details about the venue, including opening times or to make a booking, visit www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/venue/Nottingham.