We produce real ales made traditionally. We do not filter, pasteurise or artificially carbonate our beer. They are therefore a live product and their character will change with age. They are more sensitive to storage conditions than your average mass produced beer. Store them in a cool or cold dark place and, with the exception of the wheat beers, we recommend you drink them at 12-14
°C. Our two wheat beers can be drunk colder at 6-8
We don't like our beer heavily carbonated. If you like a little more carbonation in your beer, make sure they have reached the proper serving temperature and lift the bottle a little higher during the pour to release the natural CO2.
With the exception of our Belgian Milk Stout our beers are vegan and all of our beers are gluten free. Gluten free means the beer must have less than 20ppm but they are still made with traditional ingredients and have the same flavour. We could not detect any taste difference when we changed our process to brew gluten free!
The following are all are regularly beers brewed all year round and available, as long as demand hasn't out stripped supply!
A golden pale ale that just slips down way too easily for a 5.0% beer. It is true summer sunshine in a glass. Initial citrus notes and a light malt with gentle bitterness. Great for quaffing on a hot summers day.
The label depicts St Mary's, Burwell in the glorious summer sun.
Our thanks to David Boughey Photography for the photograph.
Margaret's Field is an American style IPA. It is brewed with a complex array of malts and American citra hops. These hops have high bitterness ideal for a classic IPA with grapefruit and citrus notes making it a refreshing beer all year round.
Correctly, this playing field in Burwell is known as Margaret Field. Margaret was the wife of a Colonel Calloghan who left the field to the parish on her death. Today it is used for football and cricket by local sports clubs and also has a small play area for children.
Beer Fuggled, as its name suggests, is a classic English beer, bittered with Goldings & Fuggles hops. It's a true session beer. Easy drinking with good malt in the mouth and at 40 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) not too bitter either.
If you know where to go in Burwell, you will find hops growing naturally in the hedgerows and Burwell still has a 'maltings' even if it is no longer used for malting barley.
In the classic tradition of producing different grades of ale this is a stronger version of our classic Beer Fuggled Bitter and is brewed all year except in the Summer. Richer, more malty and great for the colder months. At 5.5% ABV it also packs more of a punch.
Judy's Hole is a dark, rich, warming beer. It is initially sweet in the mouth with a hint of chocolate, full bodied & silky, giving way to a gentle bitterness when swallowed.
The beer is named after a beauty spot in Burwell where locals used to swim. Judy herself, depending on your view point, was a wise woman or a local witch!
We do this beer in both a full blooded winter ale version at 6.5% and a lighter version at 4.5% for the rest of the year.
Stefans' Mühle is a wheat beer made in the traditional Bavarian style. Unlike Belgian style wheat beers it does not contain additional flavourings (e.g. orange peel & coriander). It is a refreshing beer that is great served cold with a slice of lemon on a hot summers day.
Stefans' Mühle is German for Stevens' Mill. The mill was the last working mill in Burwell and celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2020. It was last run by the Stevens brothers. It is now part of Burwell Museum and is well worth a look round on open days.
The Belgian brother of Stefan! This is a Belgian wit or wheat beer brewed using the same base as our Bavarian wheat beer but with orange and coriander added to give it the Belgian twist.
Like all wheat beers it is cloudy, creamy and gently fruity with a slight pepper finish from the coriander and then a lingering mild orange note.
Ideal served cold.
A rauch beer. 5.0% ABV. Smokey ale made from traditional smoked malt and hellertau hops. Delicious with strong cheeses and meats. Not a quaffing ale but extremely drinkable with the right food.
If you have never tried one, grab yourself a bottle and some mature cheddar. A match made in heaven!
Our extra special bitter, originally only brewed during winter, is now brewed all year round since we started receiving comments such as "it is the best beer I have ever tasted"! It is our premium grade bitter, rich, very malty with a bitter finish. Almost reminiscent of a Belgian tripple. Ales originally would have been available at grades to suit the customers pocket, blended in the pub by the landlord from different grades of ale from the brewery. This top grade ale completes our range of bitters.
We also brew a range of seasonal beers that are better suited to certain times of the year because of their strength or style:
We only brew this once a year. To the base of the milk stout we add cacoa nibs which are soaked in bourbon overnight and Madagascan vanilla seeds. We only sell it in 330ml bottles and it is best drunk like a wine.
It has an intense chocolate smell and initial sweetness from the lactose. It is full bodied, rich and warming but slips down without the bitter aftertaste you might expect from a stout. Very popular with non beer drinkers!
The Redhouse is now used as a nursery but was the former surgery before a purpose built premises was constructed on Exning road.
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