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Thursday, 27 July 2017


20170712_194638What they say: “Adnams Freewheel is a straw-coloured English summer ale with aromas of citrus and peaches, beautifully balanced by a touch of gooseberry on the finish……Brewed using pale ale malt and golden naked oats and a wonderful combination of English hops – Ernest, Jester and Endeavour.”

And another light fruity summer limited edition ale for the summer.  Inoffensive – even for someone like me who prefers darker beers – and easy drinking at 3.6% A.B.V.

The Red Cow, Chrishall, Cambridgeshire. July 2017

Box Steam–Soul Train

20170708_145832What they say: “A blonde, continental style beer with a hoppy and fruity aroma and a refreshing citrus taste.”

Another pale fruity beer, anyone would think it’s summer. Needless to say, not really to my taste – it’s strength was subdued but at 4.7% A.B.V very much present.

The White Horse, Witcham, Cambridgeshire. July 2017


20170707_194122What they say: “A refreshing and zesty ale, we looked further afield to Europe to find just the right hops and malt to create Sunchaser’s subtle flavours. Create your ‘sunchasing’ moment to enjoy this beer, Untitledwhether relaxing in the pub or harvesting like our Leicestershire fox!”

Yep, not one I’d rush back to though pleasant enough sitting in the garden of a pub on the banks or a river on a reasonably warm July night. 4.0% A.B.V.

The Swan on the River, Littleport, Cambridgeshire. July 2017.

Mordue – Workie Ticket (cask)

20170702_171231What they say: “A tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying bitter finish. 'Champion Best Bitter in Britain' award  2013 & 'Champion Beer of Britain' 1997.

Was delighted to come across the cask version of this after having really enjoyed the bottled incarnation some three years ago. Deliciously flavoured – and coloured too. Dark but not over malty. Guesting alongside the more regular Doom Bar at the time of our visit.

The Swan on the River, Littleport, Cambridgeshire. July 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Great Newsome–Jem’s Stout

WP_20170518_20_27_51_ProWhat they say: “Dark mahogany coloured traditional stout. Complex aroma of liquorice, prunes & hop resin on the nose with a deep burnt coffee and liquorice on the palate.”

I do like a nice stout for a change and this was delicious. A lovely combination of flavours and at 4.3% A.B.V full bodied but not overpowering.

Robinsons–Pint of Thrones

WP_20170513_20_58_15_ProWhat they say: “The King in the North arrives in April and May! A traditional amber ale, full blooded, reliable & down to earth with a warm heart of spicy cedar.Level headed & big hearted that always wins the day.”

A visit to the Jolly Brewers is always a delight thanks to their ever changing range of cask ales. There was nothing wrong with this one – it just didn’t excite. Inoffensive but forgettable I found. 4.0% A.B.V

The Jolly Brewers, Milton, Cambridgeshire. May 2017

Church End–Gyle 5000

WP_20170513_20_58_26_ProWhat they say: “Church End Brewery’s 5000th brew! Could it be called anything else?! A deep amber bitter, malt driven, with a sharp hop bite, and lingering bitter after taste.”

A tad hoppier than my fussy palate normally enjoys but overall I like it. A nice pint and Church End’s 5000th brew. Well done. 4.0%  A.B.V

The Jolly Brewers, Milton, Cambridgeshire. May 2017