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Just Beer Micropub (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
4T's - StoutExcellent1
Sperrin Brewery Victory Beers (Lord Nelson) - Head HunterExcellent1
Gene Pool - Primordial OozeExcellent1
Wantsum - ThunderboltExcellent1
Navigation - EclipseExcellent1
Arbor Ales - HoploaderExcellent1
Pheasantry - Orange PheasantExcellent1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 1Excellent1
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)Excellent1
Coach House - The League of Experimental Brewers Issue No. 1 American Pale Ale (collaboration with 4T's)Excellent1
North Riding Brewpub - XCOMExcellent1
North Riding Brewery - German CascadeGood1
Vibrant Forest - KaleidoscopeGood1
James & Kirkman - Commodore BitterGood1
Brew York - The Hoptimist Double IPA (collaboration with North Riding Brewery)Good1
Ferry Ales (F.A.B.) - Witham ShieldGood1
Brewster's - Sarah GuppyGood1
Abstract Jungle (brewed at Bexar County) - JackalGood1
Imperial - Baxond-Ale Berry Pink IPAGood1
RedWillow - Weightless MosaicGood1
Spey Valley - Stillman's IPAGood1
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Copper BitterGood1
Kendrick - Best BitterAcceptable1
Ghost - ReaperAcceptable1
North Riding Brewery - Rum & Raisin Dark MildAcceptable1
Peakstones (was Peakstones Rock) - Alton AbbeyNot Tried0
Alechemy - Citra BurstNot Tried0
Maypole - Wonky DonkeyNot Tried0
Wentworth - JubilantNot Tried0
Dukeries - Northern RisingNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Tipsy Angel (latterly a cuckoo at 4T's) - Angel's MildNot Tried0
Milestone - Summer LovinNot Tried0
Atlantic - BlueNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Cabby ChinoNot Tried0
Black Iris - Mogs's PaleNot Tried0
Rat - Bearded RatNot Tried0
Salamander - Porter in a Pear TreeNot Tried0
Raw - Angels Bay Best Bitter (collaboration with Brew Bay)Not Tried0
Langwith - Stumpy's BitterNot Tried0
North Riding Brewpub - ParalyzedNot Tried0
Black Flag - Endless SummerNot Tried0
Shipstone's - Original Amber BitterNot Tried0
Fownes - The Pale KingNot Tried0
Picture 1. Just Beer Micropub, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Picture 2. Just Beer Micropub, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

18 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Good welcome and hospitality as normal here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Gene Pool - Primordial Ooze4.70ExcellentDry and nourishing
RedWillow - Weightless Mosaic4.20GoodToo citrus for me
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Copper Bitter3.90GoodVery malty
Fownes - The Pale King4.00Not Tried
29 Jan 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Dogends of the town-wide annual Beermuda Triangle Beer Festival with no CAMRA discount on the festival ales. Good crowd in and had a good debate about the future of CAMRA with the new local CAMRA magazine editor who was drinking something from a Beavertown kiddie's tin.
BeerABVScoreNotes
James & Kirkman - Commodore Bitter3.60GoodAverage brew
Brew York - The Hoptimist Double IPA (collaboration with North Riding Brewery)9.10GoodQuick half for the road to North Gate station, a 16 minute hike
Ferry Ales (F.A.B.) - Witham Shield4.50GoodHopeless unmemorable pumpclip saying only F.A.B as brewery name, won't help future recognition
Raw - Angels Bay Best Bitter (collaboration with Brew Bay)4.20Not Tried
Langwith - Stumpy's Bitter3.80Not Tried
North Riding Brewpub - Paralyzed7.40Not Tried
Black Flag - Endless Summer3.80Not Tried
Shipstone's - Original Amber Bitter3.80Not TriedApparently no longer brewed at Belvoir but at the newly commissioned Little Star Brewery in Nottingham
12 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until shortly before 11.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brewster's - Sarah Guppy4.80GoodLast half pint out of cask, gratis. Berry notes. Named after a Victorian lady with suspension bridge invention proclivities
Spey Valley - Stillman's IPA4.60GoodNew cask on
North Riding Brewery - German Cascade4.00Good
Rat - Bearded Rat4.00Not Tried
Salamander - Porter in a Pear Tree4.80Not Tried
02 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid to late evening. Lots going on here and 3 of the 4 tapsters were drinking or serving on their own premises.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sperrin Brewery Victory Beers (Lord Nelson) - Head Hunter3.80Excellent4½* Punched well above its weight and had astounding flavour. Wasn't meant to be on yet but a pint was poached
Navigation - Eclipse4.40Excellent
Pheasantry - Orange Pheasant6.00ExcellentTime forced me to drink this excellent full bodied meal faster than it deserved
Kelham Island - Cabby Chino4.00Not Tried
Black Iris - Mogs's Pale4.30Not Tried
01 Aug 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Small crowd by bar only but conversation was good enough to weaken resolve to catch a particular train.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Coach House - The League of Experimental Brewers Issue No. 1 American Pale Ale (collaboration with 4T's)4.20ExcellentUnusually good for a Coach House brew
Imperial - Baxond-Ale Berry Pink IPA4.80GoodIntriguing taste but did not want a second
Tipsy Angel (latterly a cuckoo at 4T's) - Angel's Mild3.80Not Tried
Milestone - Summer Lovin3.90Not TriedNew style pumpclip with hardly a jolt of brand recognition. Who tricks them into wasting money on rebranding?
Atlantic - Blue4.80Not Tried
14 Jun 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Several groups in here, one playing cards and another jamming on their guitars.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Hoploader4.00Excellent
Vibrant Forest - Kaleidoscope6.50GoodHeavily hazy, excuse being it was unfined. Good hit though, I knew I'd had it after I left
Ghost - Reaper4.40AcceptableOK, unspectacular
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
10 Apr 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Other beers details lost in this website's server crash.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 15.00Excellent
North Riding Brewpub - XCOM3.60ExcellentVery flavoursome for its low abv
North Riding Brewery - Rum & Raisin Dark Mild4.30AcceptableHad the flavours but not at all moreish
21 Feb 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening shortened visit due to overhead line damage on the railway at Retford. Place was buzzing still at 2140 and why not.
BeerABVScoreNotes
4T's - Stout5.00ExcellentQuite a meal
Wantsum - Thunderbolt6.80Excellent
Kendrick - Best Bitter4.20AcceptableAn undistinguished pint
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)4.00Not Tried
21 Feb 2016 (HSB)
13:30 A visit to Newark is not complete without including Just Beer. Fairly busy. The numbers over the bar record 3,559 casks and 3,042 different beers sold since opening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)4.00ExcellentNot as blonde as I was expecting.
4T's - Stout5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Thunderbolt6.80Not Tried
Kendrick - Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
Dukeries - Northern Rising4.70Not Tried
29 Dec 2015 (HSB)
14:00 5th stop. We met up with the other group of crawlers and obviously filled the place.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Abstract Jungle (brewed at Bexar County) - Jackal4.20GoodStrange beer, roast liquorice taste, but not enough body for a stout or bitterness for a porter.
Peakstones (was Peakstones Rock) - Alton Abbey4.50Not Tried
Alechemy - Citra Burst5.40Not Tried
Maypole - Wonky Donkey5.20Not Tried
Wentworth - Jubilant3.80Not Tried

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About the Just Beer Micropub

The pub sign. Just Beer Micropub, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Summary of Beer Scores

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Excellent94
Good57
Acceptable10
Poor-

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The pub is found in Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BG.

May be a tad difficult to find first time as it is Swan and Salmon Yard just off Castle Gate. A Micropub modelled on The Butchers Arms at Herne, but a bit bigger, this one roomed bar usually has four real ales available. No juke box, pool table, machines or lager. Just Beer! Awarded CAMRA Newark Branch's Pub of the Year 2012. Awarded CAMRA's Nottinghamshire Pub of the Year 2012. Awarded East Midlands Regional Pub of the Year 2012 meaning it went into the last 16 for the CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2012 competition - it might just crack it you know. In the end went no further in the 2012 competition but didn't they do well anyway? Awarded CAMRA Newark Branch's Pub of the Year 2013 and, for the third year running, in 2014 too then in 2016 and 2017. 8 handpumps on the bar counter dispense beer kept in the same level cellar at the rear. Ciders come from the cellar behind by gravity dispense. In Spring 2014 introduced a small but welcome CAMRA card carrying members' discount on real ale, cider and perry.

We have visited this pub 67 times, seen 273 different beers and tried 156 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NG24 1BG