Thirsty Cambridge, a new independent drinks shop, opened this week at 46 Chesterton Road, near the Bermuda Triangle of Mitcham’s Corner, in what was formerly the Threshers off licence that closed at the end of 2009.
When I visited, Matthew and Sam were pouring the first bottle fills from their newly installed CrafTap beer dispenser. A fill of Summer Wine Pils was passed around with anticipation, beaming smiles all round upon tasting it, the kit doing the beers justice.
The CrafTap counter pressure device fills the growler first with CO2 and then, as that is discharged, the beer from the keg, maintaining the carbonation. Apparently the beer can then keep for weeks in the growler, although with beer this good it’s likely to be gone before you leave the store – there are some Bavarian bierfest benches and tables to sit at. 1 and 2 litre growlers are available for take out, or you can bring your own, and there’s a good selection of bottled beer including Moor, Weird Beard, Hammerton and Siren.
It’s a nice new place to get good beer and hang around for a chat, and as the nearby area of Mitcham’s Corner is about to be redeveloped, it feels like the right place at the right time. There are also four pubs less than a minute away – the Old Spring, the Waterman, the Boathouse and the Portland Arms (a fifth, the Tivoli, is currently closed, pending a rebuild following the fire earlier this year), with a beer festival across them all from September 4th – 7th, including a food market on the Saturday.
Thirsty Cambridge is open 7 days a week.