Bury Beerhouse

The Beerhouse, Bury St Edmunds held their first Winter Beer Fest this weekend so, after visiting the town’s Christmas Market, we headed over for some beer.

Red Fox Ruby Red Mild

Formerly the Ipswich Arms, this ‘semi-circular, brick-built Victorian building’ near the station has been a pub since 1857 according to Suffolk CAMRA. In 2010 it was refurbished and reopened as the Beerhouse.

Bury Beerhouse

The festival had around 50 ales on in the marquee and about 7 at the bar. These included some of their own beer, brewed onsite at the Brewshed. I started with the much anticipated Red Fox Ruby Red Mild 6.9% (pictured). I really enjoyed it, it had low carbonation and was smooth, rich and ruddy. Remarkably for a beer of that strength, it didn’t taste boozy and was very drinkable. The Beerhouse were right to suggest this could have been the best beer of the fest.

Brewshed Rioja PorterHowever, they were either being modest or had yet to taste their own latest brew, an oak aged Rioja Porter 4.7%. This was the outstanding beer of the ones I tried. The beer has been ‘matured in a 225 litre Rioja oak cask’ which gave it a delicate hint of vanilla and strawberry, but not too much as to overpower the rich roasted notes of the porter. There were also bottles of this available from the bar so I bought one for later consumption…

I tried another porter, the Grain Brewery Porter in Wood but prefered their original version of this porter. Sticking with dark beers I tried the Red Fox Sloe Stout, and though I couldn’t really taste much sloe, it had a nice ginger spiced taste. I also had a taster of the St Judes Negro Mortis, a strong ale of 14% that would be a good pairing with Christmas pudding but too fierce for an afternoon session! Finally I tried on cask one of my favourite bottled beers, St Peters Ruby Red. A really juicy red ale with cascade hops prominent. Condition wasn’t quite as good as from the bottle but nevertheless an enjoyable beer.

A great choice of beers, a good mix of people and friendly bar staff. We even got a free festival glass on showing our train ticket; it’s only 40 minutes from Cambridge by train so this is a pub I’ll hope to visit again soon…

Bury Beerhouse Winter beer fest list

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