Oakham Inferno

Just been to the Maypole in Cambridge and was delighted to see Oakham Inferno on tap. What can I say, I just love Oakham beers.  Oakham has to be one of my favourite breweries, if not my actual favourite. I can tell as soon as I smell the beer if it’s an Oakham ale, mainly by their “sherbet” hops aroma – zingy, heady… you just can’t top it in my opinion. Inferno is 4.0%, incredibly pale and citrussy, the lemon jumps out at you, and the colour of the ale is almost luminous. This award winning beer is the sort of beer you can drink like pop. And I pretty much did.

Oakham Inferno

Oakham Inferno

Other Oakham beers that I love, and have no doubt mentioned on previous posts, are JHB,  the beautiful, easy drinking, hoppy, golden session ale at 3.8%, and Bishop’s Farewell at 4.6% which is even more intensly hoppy and stronger, although still knockbackable (that’s the only word I can use to describe it, and in fact how I would describe all the Oakham ales that I like).  I tried Mompesson’s Gold the other day in the Regal, which is very ‘Oakham’ but just on the verge of being too strong for me at 5% but very nice all the same, I just can’t drink as much of it. Oakham Citra at 4.2% is another wonderful straw coloured beer. The grapefruit flavour and Citra hops burst out of the glass; there is no doubting that this is an Oakham beer.

The Maypole is, by the way,  a lovely little real ale pub, tucked away on Portugal Place, a little alleyway off the main drag of ancient Bridge Street, where there are several pubs and restaurants.  Also on tap there was Canary Pale Ale from Green Jack Brewery, a pleasant hoppy ale but not heady like the Inferno. There was also Sparta from Milton, a lovely beer, as well as beers from the good old St Austell Brewery, Tribute and Tinners. The Maypole also serves tasty Italian food, if you are feeling hungry!

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Norwich pubs, the Fat Cat in particular…

There is one great pub that stands out for me in Norwich, and that’s the Fat Cat. This pub is slightly outside the city centre, but it’s worth the walk. It’s a real neighbourhood pub, located on the corner of a couple of terraced streets – and it is so popular that it’s always heaving with people (but that may be because I tend to visit on the weekend so it may be quieter during the week, although I am not so sure…). They brew their own beer, and my favourite of the lot has to be the Fat Cat Bitter at 3.8% – my sort of beer, easy to drink, light golden, hoppy, moorish, brewed with my favourite hops, Cascade – in fact I couldn’t ask for more. And its only £2 a pint – bargain. We took some home as one of our group was driving – they provide handy carry-out containers – but it went way too quickly. There are several other Fat Cat ales available such as Fat Cat Top Cat and Wild Cat, and so many other real ales to choose from, served on tap or on gravity (in other words, straight from the cask) – in fact you are spoilt for choice. There are far too many to mention. Although I will mention that at the moment they have Oakham’s Bishops Farewell on gravity which is one of my favourite beers; it’s really unfair that I can’t find it on tap anywhere in Cambridge – give me a shout if you come across it anywhere!

For more on the Fat Cat click here and here.

The Fat Cat, Norwich

The Fat Cat, Norwich

Fat Cat beers

Fat Cat beers

A couple of other pubs in Norwich worth mentioning are the Adam and Eve, a pretty pub known as the oldest ale house in Norwich where I had a quick Molecatcher. And another great pub which has a fantastic riverside location, a lovely garden, and several hand pumps offering the likes of Wherry and Deuchars, is The Red Lion on Bishopsgate, not far from the cathedral. It doesn’t have a website (that I know of) but you can check it out on Beer in the Evening.

The Adam and Eve

The Adam and Eve

The Red Lion

The Red Lion

My next trip to Norwich is at the end of November, when all the Christmas lights will be on, so it will be even prettier – and no doubt the Fat Cat will have some Christmas ales on tap. But, predictably, I will probably still end up drinking the Fat Cat Bitter. It’s too good to pass up.

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