Rather chilly first night of the 35th Cambridge Beer Festival run by CAMRA, so the tents were popular. It seems that the area is slightly bigger this year and the Festival moved to a new location on Jesus Green.
- Fat Cat , Where’s the Cat?, 4.1%, which was a bit like Green King IPA, from the famous Fat Cat pub in Norwich
- Hebridean, Seaforth Ale, from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, which was described as a continental style golden beer. Very nice!
- Fox, Heacham Gold, 3.9%, from Norfolk.
- Woodforde’s Sundew, 4.1% pale golden beer from Norfolk (again!)
- Milton Brewery, Worts and All, 6.5%! which isn’t mentioned on their web site so is probably a festival special. It was rather strong and sweet as you might expect
We also had a nice meal as always: pork pies (which apparently only get sold in three places—The Beer Festival, the Live and Let Live pub and Harrods—they are very nice), scotch eggs, lovely cheese and this year I tried some tasty smoked eel from River Farm Smokery in Bottisham. Had dinner with Rob and Craig from the Free Press. Also met Andy from work and Anna from Engineering. A very nice if chilly evening.