October 31, 2018, by Lindsay Brooke

“And a pint and half of Mansfield, please” ….

…. the phrase of the day at the Vat and Fiddle in Nottingham to launch the new ‘Sir Peter Mansfield’ beer – Castle Rock’s autumn season Nottinghamian Celebration Ale.  The beer, to honour the Nobel laureate, physicist and Nottingham-based MRI pioneer, Sir Peter Mansfield, is a traditional Nottingham-style five malt bitter. 

The unique recipe was created in a joint endeavour by Castle Rock’s Dan Mason and Matt Davies, a graduate of the University of Nottingham’s International Centre for Brewing Science. 

The launch on Friday 26 October 2018 was attended by Sir Peter’s family including his daughter Gill, his grandson Matt and son in law Brett.  Former colleagues from the University of Nottingham’s MRI research team and the University’s brewing science academics and friends also came along to sample the new brew.

The beer earned universal praise for Matt’s brewing skills.  Professor Peter Morris CBE, former head of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham, and a colleague and former PhD student of Sir Peter’s, said he was sure the beer would have been “thoroughly enjoyed by Sir Peter.” 

Castle Rock Brewer Jon Edger, who began as a trainee brewer at Mansfield Brewery in 1991 said: “I never expected to say, ‘and a pint of Mansfield’ again after my first brewery closed in 2002.   It’s a superb beer and worthy of the man and its Nottinghamshire heritage.”

The launch was attended by members of Sir Peter’s family including his daughter Gill, his grandson Matt and son-in-law Brett.

Featured image from left to right: Brewers Dan Mason and Matt Davies, Grandson Matt Haywood, daugther Gill Haywood, son-in-law Brett Haywood, Professor David Cook, Professor Peter Morris and brewing lecturer Dr Rod White.

Second image from left to right:  Matt Davies, Dan Mason, Paul Glover, Rich Dury, Mike Barlow, Brett Haywood, John Owers-Bradley, Lesley Martin, Charlotte Buchanan, Matt Haywood, and Professor Peter Morris.

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