For those who have been following my witterings on this blog should gather by now that over the past 18 months or so I have been a sucker for most beers using Citra and Cascade hops as well as any beer that has fruity tastes especially grapefruit. This makes a contrasting change compared to previous years as I used to be a big Porter and Stout head. Must be the ol’ tastebuds as I age!
One of my favourite breweries these days is Oakham whose Inferno and Citra are constant likeables of mine with both those beers fitting the criteria above perfectly. They now have a new addition to 1) that criteria above and 2) their permanent range of beers in the shape of Scarlet Macaw (4.4%). This was originally brewed as a special but such was the demand for this beer that it joins the existing four beers in the aforementioned range.
I am not even going waste time trying to better the breweries description which is “tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness that’s as sharp as a macaw’s screech!” suffice to say that even in the current freezing conditions it’s one hell of a refreshing drink. I am sure it counts towards your five a day too!
Oakham are now primarily based in Peterborough. I recommend their flagship pub The Brewery Tap which is practically next to the train station or for a more sedate atmosphere try Charters which is located on a 100 year old Dutch barge moored on the River Nene. You can also view the old brewery at the former.