December 2014 – Cambridge Brew House

No more facetious post titles from me…promise…

So, thusly did myself and Mrs “I Just Want a Taste” Normski venture forth into Cambridge, and there did we proceed (almost immediately) to the splendid Cambridge Brew House, for an alarmingly spontaneous lunch date.

A Google search for “places to eat in Cambridge” yielded no useful results, and so it was that I surreptitiously tried “craft beer in Cambridge” instead. This turned out to be the third best decision I’d ever made.

Cambridge Brew House serves tea & coffee (when the machine isn’t broken), an astonishing range of real ales, craft beer and cider, and staggeringly good home-cooked food. Like this.

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Also, some charmingly rustic and retro décor…

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Remarkably, today Mrs Normski didn’t just want a taste, she wanted a whole half of Glebe Farm Ginger Cider!

Here’s what I had (aside from the glorious Scotch egg and pork/chilli meatballs depicted above):

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Organic Porter / Black Isle / 4.6%

Eyes: cola-brown
Nose: chocolate
Mouth: smooth
Notes: incredibly smooth, creamy and full-bodied. Without a doubt the friendliest porter I’ve ever had. This had a very pure, uncomplicated flavour – even Mrs Normski liked it, and she normally detests dark beers.
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King’s Parade / Cambridge Brewing / 3.8%

Eyes: a beautiful mid-amber
Nose: malt
Mouth: dry
Notes: it’s hard to imagine a more typically English bitter. Not a huge amount of hop character; it’s all about the toffee-ish malt and a sort of biscuity ambience. It also has that slightly chalky, flinty edge that’s peculiar to East Anglian beers due to the water. After a good few months of choosing American-style hop monsters, this was a worthy return to something more classically English.
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Overall, our experience was glorious and we will be back.

Normski xxx

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