Monday, 8 January 2018

506: Turpin’s – Red Nose

20171227_192931What they say: “This winter ale is copper colour, has malty, fruity and slightly sweet flavours, hoppy and a bit spicy finish.”

Another local brew that I got to sample during our extended stay in Cambridge over Christmas and this was brewed just over 3 miles away. The usual winter warmer but not loaded with alcohol like some. Would happily drink again and would love to try some of their regular ales, particularly the Cambridge Black. 3.9% A.B.V. Great steaks here too.

The Tickell Arms, Whittlesford, Cambridge. December 2017

505: Slaters – Premium Best Bitter

20171222_170946What they say:Rich amber coloured beer with hints of caramel, malt and a complex fruity hop aroma developing a bitter finish and balancing the well-rounded 'malty mouthfeel'.”

Oh yum. This was nice. The name is spot on – a great example of a Best Bitter which I enjoyed rather too much when meeting up with some old friends in this great village boozer that keeps a wide selection of real ales. 4.4% A.B.V.

The Red Lion, Histon, Cambridgeshire. December 2017

504: Crafty Beers – Carpenter’s Cask

20171221_174029What they say: “An easy-drinking traditional bitter with plenty of malt flavours and moderate bitterness”

Well, they may not say a lot but this was a truly lovely pint, brewed just 15 miles away by this young (2012) brewery. Very easy drinking and I hope to come across more of their range in the future. A great pub too that are really enthusiastic about their beer. 3.8% A.B.V.

The Three Horseshoes, Stapleford, Cambridgeshire. December 2017

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

503: Great Heck – Black Santa

20171219_201315What they say: “Warm yourself against the icy blast with this delicious, rich festive stout. Flavoured with a hint of real vanilla pods and English hops. Black Santa is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain which imparts a surprisingly easy drinking nature to the beer as well as some fruity top notes to complement the vanilla.”

It was certainly easy drinking despite weighing in at 5.4% A.B.V. Slightly fruitier than I would have preferred but still very enjoyable.

The Queen Edith, Cambridge. December 2017

502: Navigation – Smokin’ Joe

20171219_201312What they say: “Dark smoked porter packing a power punch for the end of the year. Dark and smokey, a tangy transatlantic affair with a peculiar hint of liquorish.”

Ooh yum. Light on the hops and fruit and heavy on the malt. A great seasonal ale from this Nottinghamshire brewery in that most rare of beasts – a pub that was knocked down then rebuilt.

The Queen Edith, Cambridge. December 2017


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

501: Harvey’s – Olympia

20171029_203238What they say: “Harvey’s Brewery Olympia Golden Ale is a very refreshing summer ale with a balanced complexity. It was first produced in 2005 to celebrate our major summer award at Kensington Olympia for Best Bitter. It became an instant hit and is especially appreciated when served at 11 degrees Celsius.”

Most definitely a summer beer this one and I would suggest perhaps serving even a little colder. Not my favourite style of ale but could be tempted on a hot summers’ night. When we get one. Available April to September. 4.0% A.B.V. October 2017.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

500: Harvey’s - IPA

20171028_203505What they say: “IPA was once a mainstay brand of countless traditional breweries. Often referred to as ‘ordinary bitter’ by way of differentiation, there is little that is ordinary about it. Premium malted barleys and local aroma hops combine to create a beer that is light and refreshing. Fragrant hop flavours impart a full but delicate bitterness to this classic table beer………….Light and refreshing. Delicate, grassy and earthy hop aroma. Bitter and balanced malt flavours.”

The 500th entry into the Archive is brewed just a few miles away and is a stablemate to the excellent Sussex Best Bitter – one of my all time favourites. Light & refreshing it certainly was and was a pleasant ‘school night’ treat thanks to the lower alcohol content. Served a bit colder would make a nice summer ale too.

3.5% A.B.V. October 2017