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