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Iceni Magazine | February 23, 2018

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Local Brewers will be showcasing some of the best of Norfolk at the Great British Beer Festival Winter in Norwich

Local Brewers will be showcasing some of the best of Norfolk at the Great British Beer Festival Winter in Norwich

Breweries from across East Anglia will be taking centre stage at the Great British Beer Festival Winter 2018, taking place from the 20th-24th February in Norwich.

The local breweries will offer a range of their finest beers to festival attendees.  Breweries include: 

  • Lacons Brewery – a multi award-winning brewery based in Great Yarmouth that can trace its history back to 1760. Their flagship beer ‘Encore’ has been awarded many local and world accolades and their ‘Patriot’ was awarded Bronze in the Golden Ale Category of Norfolk & Norwich CAMRA 2017 and their Audit Ale has won Gold in the World Beer Awards 2017.
  • Norfolk Brewhouse and H Banham Ltd – The Norfolk Brewhouse and H Banham, grain merchants and custodians of Maris Otter barley, will jointly run the Maris Otter Bar, giving visitors the chance to learn more about what makes Norfolk malt, its growers, maltsters and brewers so very special.
  • Moonshine Brewery – a Cambridge-based brewery whose Chocolate Orange Stout has been a three-times finalist in the “Speciality Beers Category” at the Great British Beer Festival as well as winning the 6th Elysian Festival, Beer of the Festival, and being 3-times winner of the Champion Speciality Beer of East Anglia. Their beers are hand-brewed and characterised by their clean, fresh taste. They will be showcasing a few of their special, one-off beers at the upcoming festival.  

The Brewery Bars form an important part of the Great British Beer Festival Winter, which starts on Tuesday, 20 February, at The Halls, Norwich, opening with a CAMRA members-only preview from 5.30pm.  It is then open to everyone continually from 12noon until 10.30pm each day until the Saturday, 24 February.  The Halls, including Blackfriars’ and St Andrew’s medieval friary complex, is also home to the Norwich Beer Festival, which is also organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch of CAMRA and which celebrated its 40th anniversary last October. 

Martin Ward, the Great British Beer Festival Winter organiser, says: ‘I am delighted that we will be able to offer such excellent breweries at the Great British Beer Festival Winter. East Anglia is home to some of the finest breweries and beers in the country, and it is wonderful that we can shine a spotlight on these fantastic local brewers.’

The festival will feature a range of ales from traditional dark ales to light hoppy ales, with hot food available and live music.  Entrance is free to CAMRA members and £4 to non-members (£3 Wednesday) on the door.  For more information about The Festival and The Fringe visit winter.gbbf.org.uk.


 

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