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.