St Amand is the patron saint of Brewers, Innkeepers and Bartenders. I didn’t know this until the Cambridge Blue held a ‘meet the brewers’ night to celebrate St Amand’s day on February 6th. It seems a good reason to celebrate and both BlackBar and Bartrams had new beers for the occasion – Bartrams ‘Cambridge Blues’ and BlackBar’s Black Economy.
Black Economy is only the second beer from this new Cambridgeshire brewery. A black ale, brewed with Willamette and Cascade hops along with some chocolate malt, it’s a moreish dark beer that seemed just right for the freezing winter evening.
Their first beer, BlackBar Bitter, was also on. It was launched in January this year at Cambridge Winter Ale Festival. Apparently that was Gyle 0003, some of which also made its way to the Blue and the recipe was tweaked for this Gyle 0004.
Speaking with them and hearing the passion from brewer Joe, I have a feeling there’ll be plenty more good beer coming from BlackBar…
A good evening of beer and conversation was enhanced by some great live acoustic music being played by the fireside.
Here’s the BlackBar Blog about Gyles 0004 and 0005