78 Photos - Jul 27, 2013
Photo: Victoria Inn is a great pub in Colchester - now owned by real ale lovers.Photo: Victoria Inn has a courtyard in the back.Photo: Hospital Arms is a popular Adnams pub in Colchester.Photo: The Fat Cat pub in Colchester, England doesn't have a cask cellar. They have an enclosed cold room next to the bar that's held at 50 degrees F where casks are poured by gravity taps.Photo: Odd One out is an award-winning pub in Colchester with almost a half dozen real ales on offer.Photo: New Town has five real ales from regional micros.Photo: British Grenadier is an Adnams pub, but also offers a nice selection of guest cask ales in Colchester.Photo: Had my first taste of Robinsons Trooper at this pub in Colchester.Photo: Had my first taste of Robinsons Trooper at the British Grenadier pub in Colchester. Note the Iron Maiden theme.Photo: Excellent CAMRA pub in Colchester - Bricklayers.Photo: Owen was pleased on this trip to make his way to the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery in Southwold.Photo: Adnams brewer Fergus Fitzgerald shows off a healthy fermentation of Broadside ale in the brewery.Photo: Adnams cask racking area.Photo: Adnams brewer Fergus Fitzgerald discusses the brewery's distilling area.Photo: Adnams' distilling program is coming along nicely.Photo: Adnams uses these small test stills to come up with new versions of their house gin.Photo: Adnams brewer Fergus Fitzgerald shares samples of real ales from the brewery's taste testing area.Photo: The lovely Sole Bay Inn serves as the brewery tap for Adnams in Southwold.Photo: Adnams brewer Fergus Fitzgerald shared a few half pints of delicious Adnams ales with Owen Ogletree at the conclusion of our tour.Photo: Lord Nelson is another fine Adnams pub in Southwold.Photo: Enjoying the interesting range of fresh Adnams ales in Southwold is a wonderful experience.Photo: Mark Dorber's wonderful Anchor pub, just outside of Southwold, serves up perfect real ales alongside locally sourced, delectable food items.Photo: The King's Head is an ancient real ale pub just west of Southwold.Photo: The King's Head is an ancient real ale pub just west of Southwold. There is no bar - just an area in the back of the pub for serving cask ales from gravity taps.Photo: On to Ipswich! First stop was the Lord Nelson pub in the center of town.Photo: Look for the new Briarbank Brewery, just across from the Lord Nelson pub in Ipswich, .Photo: Briarbank Brewery in Ipswich has a bright, attractive pub upstairs from the brewery that is open at certain evening hours. Try the Boat house Bob's Mild.Photo: The Brewery Tap in Ipswich is an extremely popular pub next to an old, defunct brewery.Photo: Robert Ransome is the popular Wetherspoon pub in Ipswich.Photo: Greyhound  in Ipswich offers great pub grub and cask ales.Photo: Before the St. Peter's tour, Owen made his way to the remote Locks Inn pub near Geldeston, Norfolk on the bank of the rural river Waveney.Photo: Lock Inn is filled with personality - along with great food and wonderful real ales.Photo: St. Peter's Brewery near Beccles has been on Owen's pub tour bucket list for 20 years. Finally made it!Photo: St. Peter's Brewery is located in an old manor house complex.Photo: St. Peter's is known for their bottled beers, but the brewery also cranks out excellent cask ales.Photo: Very active fermenter at St. Peter's.Photo: Here's what was brewing at St. Peter's on the day of Owen's visit.Photo: Owen toured the St. Peter's brewery with a small group of beer loving lads from London.Photo: Grand mural in the St. Peter's pub dining room across from the brewery.Photo: Riverside dining at the St. Peter's brewery tap.Photo: Riverside dining at the St. Peter's brewery tap.Photo: The Green Dragon brewpub in Bungay.Photo: The Dove Street Inn in Ipswich serves the range of real ales from the Dove Street Brewery.Photo: Fat Cat pub in Ipswich - one of the best real ale selections in town.Photo: Fat Cat pub in Ipswich - one of the best real ale selections in town.Photo: Fat Cat pub in Ipswich boasts a big cask serving area behind the bar where fresh casks are served by gravity taps.Photo: On to Cambridge! My pub crawl started at the Carlton Arms neighborhood pub just north of the town center.Photo: The Castle Inn is an excellent Adnams pub in Cambridge.Photo: Pickerel is an old Cambridge pub with two guest real ales.Photo: Cambridge is a lovely town for a real ale pub crawl. Plan to give yourself two days - there are lots of exceptional pubs and interesting sights here.Photo: Maypole is a mecca for microbrewed cask ales in Cambridge.Photo: Champion of the Thames is an attractive Greene King pub in Cambridge.Photo: Check out the quirky and eccentric St. Radegund pub in Cambridge.Photo: Cambridge's Elm Tree pub offers fantastic cask ales, and the owners are also crazy for Belgian brews.Photo: I had to take a short break from cask ale at Elm Tree to enjoy an amazing Cantillon Kriek lambic.Photo: Geldhart offers five rotating guest cask ales. Closed on Monday.Photo: Cambridge Blue is a well-run pub with a huge range of bottled beers.Photo: Kingston Arms boasts 11 real ales alongside an impressive selection of bottled beers and Belgian ales.Photo: Sample the beers from the Milton Brewery at Devonshire Arms in Cambridge.Photo: Visit the Live & Let Live in Cambridge for a great selection of seven real ales.Photo: Elgood's Brewery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire UK is a well-run, historic facility.Photo: Elgood's pumps in river water to use for cooling the hot wort. This old pump still serves its function well.Photo: Elgood's is packed with old industrial equipment that is still in use.Photo: Brewery cat at Elgood's.Photo: Elgood's grain storage room.Photo: Elgood's head brewer Alan Pateman holds an impressive passion for production of traditional English cask ales.Photo: Elgood's Alan Pateman shows off the old mash tun.Photo: Elgood's historic copper brewkettle looks like something from a Jules Verne novel.Photo: Elgood's Brewery in Wisbech, UK.Photo: Elgood's Alan PatemanPhoto: Elgood's Alan Pateman was bold enough to use the brewery's old shallow cooling vats in the 2013 production of a spontaneously fermented sour ale that will be bottled in several months.Photo: Elgood's Alan Pateman was bold enough to use the brewery's old shallow cooling vats in the 2013 production of a spontaneously fermented sour ale that will be bottled in several months.Photo: Elgood's small brew system for test batches.Photo: Check out Owen's video of Elgood's brewer discussing the brewing of a spontaneously fermented sour ale at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDCb3Jdk2d4&feature=share&list=UUHvnbP5ZNbFuosiGEYo0WsQPhoto: Elgood's old open fermentersPhoto: Classic old fermenters at Elgood's Brewery.Photo: Putting the excellent real ale into casks at Elgood's.Photo: Elgood's produces a range of seasonal real ales with names based on animals and movies. On the left is the pump-clip for the delicious Easy Spider.