Monday, 27 October 2008

Norwich Beer Festival 2008

Recession, what recession? Tonight is the first night of the Norwich Beer Festival, people were queued round the corner for about a hundred metres or so waiting to get in, and when you got inside the place was heaving. People are spending money on beer and consuming it like the both are going out of fashion. I had planned to call in for a couple of quick tasters, the first night of many. It took me an age to get in and when I did the place was just so full that it was beyond unpleasant. I've agreed to meet a friend there tomorrow night but after that I think I might just knock it on the head. With so many good pubs around who the fuck needs a CAMRA beer festival? I know I don't! I will say though that all the beer I had was most excellent, don't think I ever had a 100% satisfaction on all the beers I've tried at a beer festival, but I did only try four. Those four were, in order of imbibing: Shepherd Neame - Canterbury Jack 3.5% Hyde’s - Light Mild 3.5% Oakham - Bishops Farewell 4.6% Humpty Dumpty - Porter 5.4% The last beer was most excellent, in fact I'd go as far as saying that whilst having a different taste, it was on a par with the great Fullers London Porter. More tomorrow then!

Friday, 24 October 2008

Cinema City

We finally got to go to the arts cinema, Cinema City, in Norwich the night before last and it was a pretty good experience. We went to see Burn After Reading, the latest Coen Brothers film starring George Clooney and the enigmatic John Malkovich.

The bar at Cinema City serves a reasonable selection of bottled beers including three bottle conditioned ales from Woodforde's. When you order a beer you are presented with the opened bottle and a pint glass to pour it into, nothing wrong with that, but the bar staff don't actually warn you. I happen to know that Woodforde's is bottle conditioned but if you were new to the area or not familiar with Woodforde's bottled beer or indeed real ale in a bottle you could well be 'damaged' by the experience.

I had a bottle of Sundew followed by a Nelson's Revenge and they were both tip-top. Much better than the bland choice you get at The Odeon. What is also great is that you are allowed to take your drinks in with you, in glasses. None of you plastic nonsense here. What a great way to watch a film with a glass of real ale to hand!