Liam interviews Richard

Liam Livesley 2 November 2013

Cambridge can be a hectic place and it’s not always easy to have a pint and a chat. With this in mind, I’ve founded a ‘digital bar’, which, through the magic of the internet, is full of interesting drinks and people. This week I take a trip with my new friend & local brewmaster Richard Naisby.

LAL: Hi Richard! Who are you and what do you do?

RN: I am Richard Naisby and I'm the Managing Director of Milton Brewery, Cambridge's longest established microbrewery. We supply real ale to pubs and bars across the region, as well as to our own two Cambridge pubs; the Devonshire Arms (off Mill Rd) and the Haymakers (Chesterton). 

LAL: What can I get you from our digital bar?

RN: A pint of hoppy, refreshing real ale, preferably served in good company, after a day's strenuous fellwalking. The best drinking experiences always have an element of "Ah!, I deserved that" about them.  

LAL: What's your favourite Milton Brewery product and why?

RN: It changes constantly, with the seasons and my own mood. Pegasus was our very first brew and is always our best selling beer so it forms a great pint to come back to, whatever else I've been drinking!  

LAL: What is it about Cambridge that makes it a great place to make, drink and talk about beer?

RN: There is vitality in Cambridge that isn't found everywhere. It's partly down to the constant turnover of fresh, new student minds and partly down to the wealth of local talent. Cambridge possesses some excellent pubs and an increasing choice of restaurants that take beer seriously. 

LAL: What's the story behind Jesuan Ale?

RN: Some years ago, I was asked by the then Jesus Bar Manager whether I could come up with a bespoke beer for the Jesus College bar – Jesuan Ale was the result. 

LAL: He’s a smart man, that bar manager. Finally, Richard, why should people care about real ale? Why's it any different to supermarket 6-pack beers? 

RN: Real ale is a natural, living product. It is not artificially pasteurised and carbonated like the mass-market brands, nor will you find any nasty chemical "enhancements". The breadth of flavours and styles available in this country's real ales are astonishing. A lot of people don't realise that the world's greatest range of real ales are to be found in Britain. We are lucky to have this on our doorstep and should appreciate it!

LAL: You’re the Thomas Hardy of beer. Thanks for speaking to me Richard!