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Mill Road Winter Fair

Jolly Good Beer will be providing some craft beer joy at the Gwydir Street Car Park Food Fair for this year’s Mill Road Winter Fair. A complimentary beer offering to our pop-up out at Rhode Island in Cherry Hinton (we hope to see you at both!)

It’ll be a simple affair with four keg options, a couple of bright pins of cask ale, and a few bottles.

Bottles

The bottle range will include the full line-up from London’s Five Points:

Five Points range

  • Pale Ale – 4.5% – fresh zesty pale ale hopped with Amarillo, Centennial and Citra
  • Railway Porter – 4.8% – rich black porter hopped with East Kent Goldings
  • Hook Island Red – 6.0% – hoppy red rye ale hopped with Chinook, Columbus and Simcoe
  • IPA – 7.1% – Five Point’s shiny new IPA!

Also Gluten Free beers from Stringers brewery up in Cumbria. These are properly brewed beers that have been de-glutenised. Not the usual watery GF sort of offering!

  • Outlook – Gluten Free Golden Ale – 4.9% – Brewed with pale & crystal malts, Northern Brewer & Cascade hops with flavours of caramel, herbal & spicy.
  • Outlook – Gluten Free Amber Ale – 3.7% – Brewed with pale & wheat malts, Northern Brewer, Challenger & Mittelfruh hops with flavours of light lemon, herbal & honey.

Click here for a review of these great gluten free beers.

Casks

The casks beers will be decided pretty much on the day – they’ll be “bright” pins of two or three selected beers. Probably a traditional bitter and a stout.

Kegs

  • Five Points
    • Railway Porter – 4.8% – unctous porter, excellent for cold days. Aromas of chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel, brewed with British East Kent Goldings hops.
  • Outstanding
    • IPA – 5.5% – four diverse hop varieties drawn from across the globe combine to create complex yet well-balanced golden, dry IPA style beer.
  • Moncada
    • Simcoe Sour – 3.2% – tart refreshing lacto-sour lightly dry-hopped with Simcoe hops. Sour beers are no new thing and quite popular (and traditional) in some parts of Europe. Refreshing, cleansing – drink this if you like sharp ciders, or citrus juices!
  • Weird Beard
    • Out of Office – 7% – Ethiopian Coffee IPA brewed with Hasbean Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Konga Sedie Natural beans. This is our “special crazy beer” for the day. We hope you like it as much as we do! Coffee in beer… yum.

If something runs out, we’ll put something else on in place… so drink up on the day! The food fair, and bar, is open from 10.30AM to 4.30PM.

See you there!

And see you at Rhode Island too of course! A weekend of added craft beer fun for Cambridge.

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Craft

What is "craft"?

We use the term “craft” – be it “craft beer”, “craft brewery”, and sometimes “craft bar”. But what does it mean?

That’s a very emotive & much-debated question in the British beer scene. The simple fact is that, whilst many have been proposed, we simply do not have a definition. Most arguments seem to boil down to “I know it when I taste it”… the utility of which isn’t really going to get us very far. The cynics (us, quite often) say it is a meaningless marketing term – to be used, and undoubtedly much-abused, by office-dwelling marketeers. Then there’s the nitty-gritty – folk who think it basically just means “keg” as opposed to “cask”, others who go by American definitions based on brewery size and ownership, and even those who will point out specific styles of beer as craft and not-craft. Basically, it’s all a bit of a damn mess.

But – if us Jolly Good Beer folk use the term – what do we mean by it? We’re a little hazy about this I’m afraid… but we think of it in fairly simple terms: good beer. We’re happy with an inclusive view of craft… and think that even if there was some industry definition a majority of savvy drinkers wouldn’t really pay it much heed and would stick with their own “know it when I see it” worldview.

So, what is “good beer”? In our idealised view it is beer that has been produced primarily for its own sake – not based on corporate budgets, market research, focus groups, and produced to the lowest-common-denominators. This doesn’t mean it is beer blindly brewed for love and not money! Brewers have to feed themselves and pay their rents and mortgages just like the rest of us.

We aren’t claiming this is “a definition of craft beer”… because how do you really measure any of that, and besides, even “good beer” is a subject of debate.

We regard all the beer we source and sell as bring “craft” – aka “good beer”. But we do believe that for a pub or bar to truly be a “craft” venue it has to embrace beer in all forms. The craft beer utopia is a pub where variety and excitement are available cask, keg, and bottle – no holds barred.