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.