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How long have you been brew­ing?

We started our brew­ery in 1993 and were trail­blaz­ers at the time - one of the first mi­cros in Nor­folk!

Does it make a dif­fer­ence us­ing Nor­folk in­gre­di­ents/wa­ter?

Wa­ter is the sin­gle most im­por­tant thing in brew­ing. Ours comes from a deep bore­hole and does not need to be treated chem­i­cally in any way. And our beer is made with 100% Nor­folk bar­ley grown on The Branthill Es­tate at Wells next the Sea. Shame that we can­not get a sup­ply of Nor­folk hops but there are grow­ers out there work­ing on this.

How many dif­fer­ent beers do you brew?

We brew seven reg­u­lar and con­sis­tent brews from our 3.8% Nor­folk Ter­rier right up to crack­ing 9% bar­ley wine. Our sec­ond best seller is Nor­we­gian Blue 4.9%, a pre­mium strong tra­di­tional bit­ter. We tend to con­cen­trate on beer coloured ales al­though we are aware the trend is for pale as­trin­gent prod­ucts. We also re­main true to our core prod­ucts in that our beers are cask as op­posed to the new craze for craft beer which is ba­si­cally ni­trokeg.

What is your best-seller in the sum­mer?

Our best seller is The Nor­folk Ter­rier 3.8% , a clas­sic thirst quench­ing bit­ter beer. It is mid am­ber in colour and a good all round choice for any oc­ca­sion.

Where can peo­ple find your beers?

Our beers can be found in our own pub - the Cherry Tree at Wick­le­wood - and they pop up at great pubs dot­ted around the county. But we have yet to be con­vinced to try the su­per­mar­ket route with bot­tles! As you know the mi­cro­brew­ing sec­tor ev­ery­where has ex­ploded but it is close to sat­u­ra­tion point. The strongest will sur­vive but it has got very ag­gres­sive be­tween the brew­ers. Thus the price small guys can achieve has slumped and be­cause there is so much choice ev­ery­one is get­ting smaller vol­umes out there these days. De­spite the rise in the num­ber of brew­eries the vol­umes for all of us are not what they used to be. But it is still a beau­ti­ful busi­ness to be in if you are pas­sion­ate about your wares.

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