We asked eight of the county’s small brewers to tell us a little about themselves and their beers
LOCATION: BUXTON OWNER: MIKE DEAL How long have you been brewing?
I have been brewing personally for around eight years. I started with wines but haven’t the patience to wait for them to mature so moved on to beers. My local community in Old Costessey came to regular tastings and convinced me to take my hobby to a professional level.
Does it make a difference using Norfolk ingredients/water?
Definitely! Norfolk has some of the best barley and as we forage a lot of our other ingredients from the hedgerows, the untouched countryside we have is essential for the flavours of our beer. We have also just invested in a borehole to use water fresh from our premises. This is going to make our beer even better than it currently is and is another step toward us becoming ‘off grid’
How many different beers do you brew?
Twelve at the moment... five are our regular beers where others are seasonal, foraged specials. Look our for Wild Sting, our nettle beer and Wild Folklore, and Elderflower Saison which are our current seasonal beers. Wild Thing, our raspberry wheat beer is coming soon!
What is your best-seller in the summer?
Funnily enough, a beer called Wild Summer! Apart from that it will be Wild Thing, our raspberry wheat beer which is slightly sour and full of raspberry flavour. Its a fantastic beer for a hot summer’s day.
Where can people find your beers?
All over Norfolk, see www.wildcraftbrewery.co.uk/map www.wildcraftbrewery.co.uk