Monday, 17 August 2015

Craft Beer Review: 1730 Pale Ale from Westerham Brewery Company

Welcome to Norwich. I am even-star and this is a special week of The Beer in Review featuring craft beer in Norwich. Today's  craft beer review is for 1730 Pale Ale from Westerham Brewery Company.

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Yes folks it was a brilliant 36 hours in Norwich and I have a LOAD of beers to review. Today's beer is not made in Norwich or Norfolk but in Kent. I did have it in a pub in Norwich though, which is a city stacked to the gunnels with pubs serving craft beer. And most of that beer is indeed local to the county and even the town.

It just happened that my second beer on Friday night was Kentish. Westerham was recently featured here with three of their beers which I really liked.

1730 did not impress me as much as those ones did. I was not particularly impressed with the pub I had it in (a place called The Compleat Angler). The other beer I had here (Falcon Ale from Lacons) wasn't great mostly due to the poor temperature at which it was served.

1730 was the same, although dark amber rather than gold, as the Falcon. Maybe bit more tea.tannins characteristic of an IPA, kind of smokey, and NOT COLD ENOUGH. Cellar temperature people. NOT room-in-the-middle-of-summer temperature.

It has recently dawned on me that a good way to determine if a pub will be serving beer properly is to look at what everyone else is drinking. If they are all knocking back the Fosters or Bulmers or Jager Bombs, then you might be disappointed in the craft beer. Not because there isn't any, but because it just isn't getting the turn over which means the staff probably don't know how to handle or serve it.

What do you think? Do you have a way of casing an establishment for beer quality? What have you learned? Tweet me using the link below (@even_star)

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