Real Ales at The Wheelhouse – Naughton
The Wheelhouse takes great pride in serving some of the finest Real Ales in the area and we consider ourselves fortunate to be in a region renowned for high quality brewing.
We take great care in the selection of our “regular” real ales plus guest beers and landlady Nancy is meticulous, not only in the selection of the real ales but she also takes great care in the serving condition of the ales. With this reputation, it is not surprising we are found in the Good Beer Guide, and is commented upon by Suffolk CAMRA.
Regulars to the Wheelhouse know that Nancy understands and appreciates their tastes and, as she clearly cares as much about her customers as she does her ales, they know that a rotation of ales will still be to their liking.
A small sample of some of the ales on offer recently is as follows:
Brentwood’s Marvellous Maple - A delicious dark brown mild, with a hint of maple.
“A rather pleasant mild, with a rich reddish brown colour and a tan head; the aroma has nutty roasted malts, and the flavour is the same with perhaps a touch of maple; the finish is lightly bitter with a residual sweetness”
“3.7% – Delicate dark brown mild with just a hint of maple syrup coming through”.
Other well known Brentwood beers -Gold, Hope and Glory, and Lumberjack
Excelsior – from the Green Jack Brewery in Lowestoft
3.7% – “New beer for 2011 – brewed to be thirst quenching with fruity hop character, balanced malt and superb aroma. The beer celebrates Lowestoft built (1921) sailing smack Excelsior and aims to help in raising funds and awareness for the Excelsior Trust to keep her sailing
Other aptly named beers include Trawlerboys, Gone Fishing, Ripper, Baltic Trader and Mahseer IPA with such Xmas brews as Norfolk Black.
Lion Bitter – from Mersea Island Brewery – Colchester
3.9% abv. A pale amber Bitter with great nutty & caramel flavours, and made using a combination of 6 malts and delicate hopping to give a smooth finish on the taste
Other Cask conditioned ales from Mersea Island brewery include; Yo Boy, Skippers, Gold and Oyster. Don’t you just love the quote “It is widely believed that Oysters contain aphrodisiac properties. To ensure the best results we suggest that copious amounts of this ale should be consumed, only stopping when the oysters work, or you fall over, rendering you completely incapable”
Other Frequently used breweries
Cliff Quay – Ipswich – offering: – Cliff Quay Bitter, Tolly Roger, Tumblehome, plus seasonal beers such as Icebreaker, Time and Tide, and Baggywrinkle
Spectrum Brewery – Norfolk – Light Fantastic, Black Buffle, Wizard, Old Stoatwobbler, Trip Hazard, Captain Scarlet and Blinder
Even for those of us who may not yet have ventured far down the real ale trail, the names are an entertainment in themselves.
If you are a discerning real ale drinker, then a visit to the Wheelhouse will be a welcome pleasure for you or, if you have not yet ventured far into tasting real ales then the Wheelhouse will put you on the right track by serving ales to you in the best possible condition.
For a truly enchanting real ale experience, visit the Wheelhouse today!