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Skylarks Nature Reserve elderflowers give ale a taste of summer

Thursday 16th June

Skylarks Nature Reserve elderflowers give ale a taste of summer

The latest to sign up to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild are Castle Rock brewer Dan Gilliland and Vat and Fiddle bar tender Molly Green.

With the consent of the trust, their random act of wildness had the ulterior motive of providing Dan's next Traffic Street Special beer, 'Simmer Down', with an untried essence. 

"It’s been great to work with our friends at the Skylarks Nature Reserve.  They are lovely people and have really helped by letting us harvest some of the reserve's elderflower crop," says Dan.

"We picked five kilograms of flower heads.  These will give my four per cent ABV beer a distinct but delicate flavour.

"There aren't many elderflower flavoured beers around and as it's a taste I like I thought I’d brew my own.  I know, it’s a bit selfish, but I'm pretty sure others will enjoy it too”, he says.

Castle Rock Brewery launched Traffic Street Specials in 2014. The range is crafted using a five barrel fermenting vessel and is designed to challenge conventions. "I've been given the freedom to experiment with whatever I like including different flavours, techniques and processes that are new to us.  It’s a privileged position and I think we’re creating some exciting stuff," says Dan.

Thirty days wild is a national campaign throughout June to encourage everyone to become better acquainted with wildlife.  Among them in Nottinghamshire was four year old Libby Percy, pictured here with Dan, Molly and Katie Last, Skylarks Reserve Officer.

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