Monday, 23 August 2010

Classic - a classic




Norwich is well on the way to having a new brewery. Norwich Bear Brewing has been launch by the people that own The Rose and Ketts Tavern. They have two beers at the moment. Classic a 3.8% session ale, light golden in colour, crisp with a musty hint of hop lemon rind and an acceptable bitter finish that curiously makes you want to have another sip. Classic is a beer that I would go out of my way to drink. This is a beer that's not easy to put down. I was starting to wonder if I’d be able to get out of the pub in a sober state. The answer was to switch to its only current stable mate Legend 4.3% a very fresh brown beer. It is what it is. You can't fault it. Not a wow but I’d happily order it in preference to many others. I look forward to trying the Platinum Blonde 5% when it’s available. It could be argued that The Rose is my real local in terms of distance. There is probably not much between it and a Wetherspoon pub. On our side of the river it is the nearest yet I don’t frequent it that often, choosing instead to walk by and on to the Kings Arms. I’m not 100% clear why. Both do a varied selection of ales with a reasonable changing selection. Beer quality is usually good. Both pubs are clean and comfortable yet the Rose, despite ticking so many boxes, always seems to lack a certain je ne sais quoi that I can't pin down. Now that they are doing their own beer perhaps I’ll have to work a bit harder at getting to love it.

6 comments:

Dave said...

Paul, there's class in a glass of that Classic brew, to be sure. Not that I've sampled it.

You have my lips smacking and wallet going concave in anticipation of a big splash out on the Classic ale you mention there, Paul!

Which reminds me - I must make a return visit to the city at some point soon. Last time I was among a bunch of raggle taggle types on a stag weekend. Paintballing first - and a well aimed direct hit on a particularly squashy area of my person. Suffice to say when the rest of our tired team were bemoaning the lack of seating in the packed pubs of Norwich, I couldn't have been more delighted...

Norwich Bear said...

Paul - Dawn here from Norwich Bear Brewing Co - tried to email this but it keeps saying 'undelivered'! So -

Many thanks for you comments, particularly regarding 'Classic', we are very proud of it and are extermely pleased you (and many others!) like it too! With reference to The Rose, we are looking forward to the alterations that are being made - the new brewery will be the main focus, and we are discussing ways of making the whole process a lot more visual and entertaining then perhaps it is normally shown. Added to that, at both The Ketts and The Rose, we will be adding bottled beers (alongside our own!) from around the world, and offering as much info about these and their origins as we can, as well providing tasters and 'beer matched' food.

I work at The Rose every Friday and Sunday night, most Saturday nights, for every NCFC home match lunchtime, and whenever I am needed - I would be happy to talk to you about the beers/changes etc any time I am about (and if I'm not there I will be at The Ketts!).

Once again thank you for your comments, I will let you know as soon as Platinum Blonde is ready to sample!

Paul Garrard said...

Dawn, the email arrived will reply soon. Popped in for a couple of pints tonight. I'm working at it!

Norwich Bear said...

Sorry I missed you, am at Rose now! Will be around Fri, Sat, Sun nights if you happen to be passing...

Norwich Bear said...

Paul - Platinum Blonde is available RIGHT NOW at The Rose!

Paul Garrard said...

Not sure when I'll make it for the Platinum Blonde but I'll try asap