Enjoy a National Beer Showcase in Leigh on Sea

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Nicholson’s Pubs launch its annual celebration showcasing the UK’s best beer at The Crooked Billet in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, from 11 September – 22 October.

Launching on 11 September, Nicholson’s The Crooked Billet in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, will play host to the National Beer Showcase (www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/beershowcase) – one of the UK’s biggest celebrations of Britain’s best breweries, featuring an impressive 28 new beers.

A selection of unmissable events will take place throughout the six-week long celebration, including guest talks from beer sommeliers and breweries, workshops, tastings, exclusive offers and competitions.



Ale lovers will be spoilt for choice with a selection of limited-edition craft beers and regional specialties that will feature on the pumps, alongside some familiar brews. 

Kicking off the celebrations will be six tailor-made ‘District Beers’. These have been crafted by Nicholson’s very own Cask Masters in each region with six of the UK’s best breweries, including Hop Stuff Brewery, London Brewing Co. and West Berkshire Brewery. Be sure to pick up your complimentary There’s A Beer For That guidebook to learn more about the ‘District Beers’, which include Mjango Unchained, Rye the Hell Not and Ryeders of the Lost Cask.

Also available will be the oaked pale ale, Two Bays – a collaborative beer from award-winning breweries Adnams and Cigar City Brewing*, celebrating the US and UK coastlines. Tapping into the music industry, Britpop fans will get to sample a beer created by Yorkshire band Shed Seven and Rudgate Brewery, Going for Gold, that will be on offer only at Nicholson’s Pubs from 1 October.

Joining the Beer Showcase from 8 October will be Nicholson’s own-brand porter, back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus.


The action won’t stop there – Nicholson’s Beer Showcase will have a big social media presence thanks to takeovers from breweries with weekly giveaways and great prizes. Nicholson’s very own app will also give users access to special offers and exclusive content throughout the showcase. Special offers and prizes will include (amongst others) access to:

  • ‘Pop Up Punks’ tasting experiences with Brewdog
  • ‘Meet Your Local’ sessions with Meantime Brewery and personalised Meantime cans
  • ‘Homebrew Club’ Q&A workshops with Marston’s ‘Beer Buffs’

Follow @Nicholsonspubs and #NicholsonsBeerShowcase across social media to get a slice of the action and find out how to get your hands on tickets and enter the competitions.


As Autumn draws near, Nicholson’s knows that good, warming pub fare is what everyone’s after so they’ll be launching their new menu ready for the start of October. Featuring seasonal dishes, such as vegan cottage pie with lentils topped sweet potato and carrot mash; chicken, ham hock and cheese pie; and an indulgent box-baked Camembert, the Autumn menu will be available across all Nicholson’s pubs.

The Beer Showcase will run nationally from the 11 September – 22 October. For the full listings of events and dates visit www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/beershowcase.

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