Location: Reepham Owner: Martin James
How long have you been brewing?
The brewery was set up in 2010, after the local brewery in Reepham closed down. The premises was then taken over and the Panther brand was born, inspired by the tales of Panther sightings across north Norfolk.
Does it make a difference using Norfolk ingredients/water?
We enjoy using Norfolk water which we believe helps add an extra depth and softens the palate, particularly for our dark beers such as our award-winning Black Panther. Our malt is selected locally which maintains our commitment to help local businesses and grow a sustainable business with Norfolk at its heart. We are fortunate to be based in a county that is globally recognised for its high quality malt production which helps with the quality of our product.
How many different beers do you brew?
We brew 15 different beers which includes our core range, seasonal offerings and special releases. Our core range currently consists of six permanently available beers which include the: Golden Panther (hoppy golden ale) at 3.7%, Red Panther (hoppy red ale) at 4.1%, Black Panther (stout) at 4.5%, American Pale Ale (hoppy pale ale) at 4.4% and the Beast of the East (premium strong bitter) at 5.5%. Along with our Hopsta alcohol free craft beer which is available in bottles across Norfolk. Our current seasonal offering in cask is Summer Daze, with our autumn offering coming out in September.
What is your best-seller in the summer?
Our best seller throughout the summer months so far has been our Summer Daze, due to its light malt profile and juicy hop flavour! We have packed it with some of the best Mosaic, Amarillo and Motueka hops which impart a tropical fruit and zesty lime character to the beer. A true thirst quencher!
Where can people find your beers?
Our beers are available in bottles and casks across Norwich, north Norfolk and Cambridge. We run stalls at various farmer’s markets across Norfolk most weekends and also sell directly from our shop based at the brewery itself, which are the best places to find our limited edition releases. Since the installation of our larger scale bottling line we are looking at international markets as well, so watch this space. www.pantherbrewery.co.uk