Our brews are top notch – even if we do say so ourselves! Take a look at our selection of craft beers and ales below, including the classic Old Growler and our ever-popular seasonal classics. You’ll also find more information on our special deals and bulk-buy options.
If you want an IPA that's not too strong, heavily hopped and India bound, nor zesty and crafted in the good old US of A, well here's the real deal - Ian & Paul's Ale. A superb apple-crisp session beer. Hoppy throughout, with a lingering bitter end. First brewed in '89 by our founding Head Brewer, microbiologist and all round fount of beer knowledge, Ian Hornsey and lovingly crafted today by our Old Growler, Paul Gower and his young team of brewing mercenaries.
We've been messing around with coriander in beer since 1988, just as they did back in the 1700s. The coriander in our multi-award winning Umbel Ale gives a floral aroma, fruity tang and a well-rounded finish.
Thirst-quenching and absolutely cracking with spicy food. The late beer writer Michael Jackson said of this amber beer: "This astonishingly fresh-tasting, bone-dry lemony brew is addictive and appetising: a distinctive arid beautiful beer".
Originally called Three Point Nine, it was created for the Clare Music Festival and named after one of the bands, Nine Below Zero. Delicately smooth and well balanced. Brewed using Challenger and Saaz hops, this is an amber coloured bitter, fruity and light on the palate. A smooth session bitter that you can drink all night.
Some partnerships were obviously meant to be (Lennon & McCartney, Morecombe & Wise) whilst others produce greatness to everyone's surprise (Starsky & Hutch, Bert & Ernie). Well, add to that list Lemon & Ginger, 'cause boy do they hit the spot in our uber-refreshing, deep golden ale, Lemon Head. The intriguing union of lemon and ginger creates an unmistakable thirst-quenching surprise.
Originally Nethergate Best Bitter, this is our oldest recipe first created in 1986. It was showcased in the Cambridge Blue as Dew Drop. It has won many awards in its time, most recently the SIBA Gold Medal for Best Bitter 2014. A Chestnut coloured best bitter, biscuit malt dominates the warm, well-rounded roasted background with a wonderful bitter finish.
The most recent addition to our core range, Stour Valley Gold was formulated to fill a gap created by the ever-growing demand for light, hoppy beers.
A light and refreshing golden ale brewed using fragrant citrus hops. A lovely floral aroma with a touch of spice early on and a mellow bitterness at the end. It’s the favourite tipple in our shop!!
A burning issue of great cultural significance - who's your all-time favourite Essex blonde? Joan Sims, Denise Van Outen, Jodie Marsh, Noel Edmonds, or even Darren Day perhaps? Well ours is definitely Essex Border. A wonderful, easy drinking golden beer with fruity, spicy overtones giving way to sweet, soft orange notes and a well-rounded finish. What's not to love about a tasty, well-rounded Essex blonde?
If you recreate a 1750s porter containing coriander in the 20th century, you get the much loved, herb-alicious, funky cousin of Old Growler - Umbel Magna. Six medals already in the Camra Champion Beer of Britain awards speak volumes. So trust the experts and treat yourself. Step back in time and experience the wonderful spiciness of this fabulous porter - a taste of history still living it large in the 21st century.
The legendary Old Growler - what a pedigree, what a porter! Like a grumpy old family pet much loved for its independent character and suffer-no-fools, yet its curmudgeonly appearance belying its gentle character and easy going nature. The only beer to have twice won Overall Champion at the CAMRA Winter Beer Festival; its many awards also include Supreme Champion at the Chicago International Beer Festival and voted Best of 2011 by the Beer Tasting Institute of America, so it's even top dog across the pond.
A complex, satisfying Porter, smooth and distinctive. Roast malt and fruit feature on the palate and the finish is powerfully hoppy. Tantalising taste buds since 1988. Now where did we put that Crufts entry form, it must be time for another award by now?