New brew provides treat for real ale fans

WATERFRONT: A new ale produced on the Waterfront is set to be launched tomorrow.

The bespoke ale has been produced by the Cliff Quay Brewery, located in the former Tolly Cobbold Brewery, and will be supplied to the Gardeners Arms pub.

The new brew has been created to mark the reopening of the pub in Fore Hamlet, which originally traded from the 1960s until 1994.

The original Gardeners Arms pub was formally owned by the Tolly Cobbold Brewery, with deliveries being made from the Waterfront to the pub by horse and cart.

This weekend will mark a return of that journey and a tradition being reborn.

Rob Butcher, the manager of the Gardeners Arms, which is the sister pub to Isaacs on the Quay, said: “It has always been our intention to keep the history alive.

“We are proud to work with the Cliff Quay Brewery to produce a traditional ale in this modern brewery.”

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Set to be called the Gardeners Arms Ale, the brew will be a dark gold colour and 4 per cent in strength.

Brewed from pale malt, with a hint of sweet crystal malt, the beer has been hopped with a mixture of Slovenian, American and English hops.

Brewers promise the final result will have a floral aroma with a refreshing citrus flavour, finished with a delicate bitterness.

Mr Butcher, who has run the pub since October 2009, said it was important to remain a traditional establishment. He said: “We had the idea to produce an ale since reopening.

“However it wasn’t until we approached the brewery and got things under way.

“It’s a very exciting time, and it’s great that the two businesses can combine efforts.

“It’s nice to have a home-grown ale on site and we really hope that locals will enjoy it.”

Jeremy Moss, from the brewery producing the new ale, said: “It’s nice to see a cast ale pub coming through in Ipswich.

“Hopefully the brew will become a permanent fixture.”

The ale will be on sale from tomorrow.

n Will you been venturing to the Gardeners Arms to try the knew ale? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail