The new brewery is now up and running on the Dry Drayton industrial estate.
Brewer Jon Neale has stripped out former office premises and installed his lovely bijou brewing kit
which came all the way from Oban in Scotland. There have been the inevitable teething problems,
not least the firm who were supplying the cask washer going bust
but the ale is now flowing and you might have encountered it at the Cambridge Beer Festival.
Jon has two new beers in production – Half Punter (4.5%), an especially bitter ale,
and Lickitty Spit (also 4.5%) a lightly hopped sweet brown ale – and is working on another summer special.
Malt comes from Bairds and hops from Faram's – Jon is currently using Cascade, First Gold, Bobak and Beata.
The mash tun – which Jon calls his Fun Tank – also sees the addition of ingredients such as
orange peel and herbs, depending on the beer. The two fermenters presently give a capacity of 1600 litres
per brew. If you read the article in ALE 348
you'll recall that Jon is very anxious to adhere to green
principles and the set up incorporates many recycling and energy saving features.
Main outlets so far have been beer festivals (The Sun Waterbeach had Mad Mad Mild at theirs) but
Jon will shortly begin marketing to local pubs.
Mark Burton reports that April an May were really good and busy for the brewery.
The beers are often to be found at the Maypole, Elm Tree and St Radegund Cambridge and the Green Man Grantchester
while other recent sightings have been at the Anchor Burwell, NCI Sports and Social Club Cambridge and
several pub beer festivals. The new beer, Burton Snatch, was available at our Beer Festival along with
the festival special ruby mild, Gloster Spirit. At the end of June, the Fen Edge Festival and the Chequers,
both in Cottenham, will have supplies of the ales at their events.
We've been remiss in not reporting that Nero won a bronze medal in its category at the
Champion Winter Beer of Britain contest. Two new ales were launched at the Beer Festival – Orpheus,
a 4.25% dark mild, and Proteus, a 6.2% strong ale. In keeping with the festival theme both are
named after early jet engines, in this case a fine pair of Bristols (aero engines that is).
The brewery also took part in the Norwich City of Ale Festival at the end of May, their involvement
stemming from their owning a pub in the city, the excellent White Lion in Oak Street.
Since Mark Watch moved his brewery to Fulbourn in 2009, production levels have steadily
increased and recent introduction of equipment with a 10 barrel capacity should see Mark exceeding
his target of 470 gallons a week. Moonshine Ales are proving a roaring success at the
Mill, Mill Lane, Cambridge where a pump is devoted to the brewery's beers.
Black Hole Stout was an especially popular offering, with the landlord having to
phone Mark for an emergency extra delivery after our Branch Chairman and his mates had descended
on the place. (and this superb beer has made it to the finals of the Champion Beer of Britain contest).
Other regular outlets are the Cambridge Blue, University Social Club and Arts Picturehouse Bar
(all Cambridge) and the Carpenters Arms Great Wilbraham. Bottled beers can be found at Burwash Manor
and other local farm shops.