Here’s your cheat sheet for Bloomsbury Brown by Harvey’s Brewery. This one used to be called Nut Brown Ale. Bloomsbury Brown was brewed to commemorate the company’s long association with Charleston, where the Bloomsbury Group used to gather during the first half of the twentieth century.
Harvey’s Brewery, Bloomsbury Brown / Brown Ale / 2.8% ABV / IBU not available
Featured in main subscriber on 1 November 2018.
Serve this beer between 10°C and 13°C; stick it in the fridge for 30 to 40 minutes.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
As you might expect from Harvey’s, this is a traditional brown ale. Expect a sweet and dark beer with a nutty palate and discreet bitterness. No crazy new-world hops here. This will be malt led and all about balance and drinkability.
Brown ales are pretty good with food, especially the hearty rib-sticking stuff. Roast pork and smoked sausage are good places to start. If you want to go a bit fancier try bresaola or soppressata. Grilled salmon is also a good match apparently. For veg go earthy: mushrooms (shiitakes or morels), beans, caramelised onions. You could try this with an almond or maple walnut cake, or white chocolate, and if you’re thinking cheese then aged Gouda or a Cheshire should do well.