Nor­folk Brew­house

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How long have you been brew­ing?

The Nor­folk Brew­house has been brew­ing for five years, with its in­au­gu­ral brew in Fe­bru­ary 2012, fol­low­ing a year-long con­ver­sion of a barn into a mod­ern brew­house.

Does it make a dif­fer­ence us­ing Nor­folk in­gre­di­ents/wa­ter?

As the say­ing goes, what goes in comes out – any beer will only ever be as good as its in­gre­di­ents. Wa­ter is fun­da­men­tal to brew­ing – not only is it the big­gest sin­gle in­gre­di­ent but the pro­file of the wa­ter will af­fect fer­men­ta­tion and taste – so it is crit­i­cal. The Nor­folk Brew­house uses wa­ter from its own bore­hole, 190ft from be­neath its floor. This wa­ter passes through a chalk seam which makes it great for brew­ing with. As for bar­ley, well we are in north Nor­folk which is widely re­garded as one of the top places in the world to grow bar­ley, with the per­fect soil and sea breeze con­di­tions. We are also lucky that Maris Ot­ter – the pre­mium brew­ing bar­ley – is pop­u­lar with Nor­folk grow­ers. The bar­ley im­parts a great flavour base to the beers, and we only use malt from Crisp Malt­ings just a few miles down the road a from us.

How many dif­fer­ent beers do you brew?

We brew two craft lagers; DewHop­per a light crisp 4% abv lager and Stub­bleS­tag a fuller-bod­ied style 5% abv. Our range of Moon Gazer ales is ever-grow­ing as we like to brew at least one new beer style a month – we have five core ales rang­ing from a light Moon Gazer Golden up to a dark mild, but reg­u­lar spe­cials mean we cur­rently have over 10 ales. We also like to join up and col­lab­o­rate with other Nor­folk pro­duc­ers – so we have brewed beers with, and us­ing in­gre­di­ents from, Nor­folk pro­duc­ers such as Grey Seal Cof­fee, Nel­son Tea and The Chocolate Deli.

What is your best-seller in the sum­mer?

Moon Gazer Golden at 4% is our go-to beer in the sum­mer as it is light and re­fresh­ing – but also DewHop­per Nor­folk Lager is a real sum­mer drink and is ex­tremely pop­u­lar. The DewHop­per re­cently came sec­ond in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for the best Bri­tish lager and since then its pop­u­lar­ity has grown amaz­ingly.

Where can peo­ple find your beers?

We are reg­u­larly in many pubs across Nor­folk and you can also pick up a bot­tle to en­joy at home from a host of farm shop and delis in the county. www.nor­folk­brew­house.co.uk

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