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20 Year Celebrations

HUMPTY DUMPTY BREWERY 1998 – 2018

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF CRACKING REAL ALES

IN THE NORFOLK BROADS….

2018 marks 20 years of brewing for Reedham based Humpty Dumpty Brewery.  The brewery was established  in the stables at the back of the Railway Tavern in Reedham,  and has grown to become one of Norfolk’s most well established award winning micro-breweries, supplying a wide range of cask and bottled ales to pubs and other outlets across East Anglia.   Owners Lesley & Stephen George have a team of 10 who work out of the brewery, office & shop premises on Church Road.

The celebrations started early in the new year with a new beer:  BRANCH LINE BITTER – a 3.9% abv light chestnut bitter, brewed with a complex mix of malts for a rich body and English hops for a spicy and fruity aroma.  The first brew sold out in just a few days and is being very well received across the region.

BRANCH LINE BITTER is the 4th in the line-up of permanent ales being offered by Humpty Dumpty.  The 20th anniversary also marks the re-introduction of some “vintage” style pumpclips for these flagship ales, bringing some of the old images back.  Other seasonal, special and anniversary ales will be available alongside the 4 permanent ales throughout the year.

 

   …. AND THE NORFOLK BROADS ARE BREWING!

To celebrate the remarkable number of women involved in brewing and the beer industry, Lesley is teaming up with some guest female brewing friends to create some interesting new beers for the 2018 celebrations.  The new Norfolk Broads Brewing* range will showcase beers designed and brewed by female beer ambassadors from across the county – brewers, publicans, experts and enthusiasts.   She said, “Talking with some of them, we felt that this was a good opportunity to further profile the role of all women in beer and brewing, and the “Norfolk Broads Brewing”* parent name lends itself perfectly to the project!”

Cheryl Cade, Director of the Thirst Consultants, helped design and brew the first collaboration beer.  Maid in Norfolk is a 4.5% pale white wheat beer with orange, coriander, ginger and spicy undertones and will initially feature in a special Beer & Food (Fine Dining Experience) on Sunday 18 February as part of the launch of the 2018 Great British Beer Festival Winter (GBBFW) in Norwich (20-24 February 2018).   It will then be available at the Festival and beyond, in cask and bottle.

The next Norfolk Broads Brewing beer is already being planned and will be a charity beer especially designed for the Norwich City of Ale Festival (24 May–3 June 2018) – more information soon!

for more information contact us HERE

 

A New Beer and a Pumpclips redesign

As of the 22nd January we will be adding a NEW brew to our three flagship and Award winning ales, say hello to…..

BRANCH LINE BITTER 3.9%

A light chestnut bitter, brewed with a complex mix of malts for a rich body and English hops for a spicy and fruity aroma.

As well as the newly designed Branch Line Bitter, our other three flagship beers will be receiving a makeover in the pumpclip design area as we incorporate our vintage images for these into our current pumpclip design.  We look forward to seeing these on your handpulls soon!

BROADLAND SUNRISE 4.2%


A crisp, orange-red ale brewed with rye malt for a dry finish with citrus notes from American hops.
2017 CAMRA Champion Beer of Norfolk, Overall joint Gold Medal and Gold Medal best bitter category
2016 CAMRA Champion Beer of Norfolk, Overall Silver Medal and Gold Medal Best Bitter category
2017 & 2013 CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Norfolk.
2010 CAMRA Champion Beer of Norfolk, Overall winner.

SWALLOWTAIL 4.0%

Refreshing pale amber thirst quenching ale with a lively hop finish – an all-round favourite.
2017 Norfolk and Norwich CAMRA Siver Medal Best Bitter Category
2010 Norfolk and Norwich CAMRA Gold Medal Best Bitter

LITTLE SHARPIE 3.8%

Our best-selling golden session bitter – a delicate hop aroma leads to a light clean tasting pleasant finish.
2013 Norfolk and Norwich CAMRA Gold Medal, Bitter category
2009 CAMRA Champion Bitter of Britain – Bronze

 

City of Ale 2017

Lots going on throughout the fine city of Norwich for the next couple of weeks and Humpty Dumpty will be participating as usual with events and beer

First up we have……..
Humpty Dumpty Brewery Pop Up Shop @ King Head
Mon 29/05/2017
Start: 12.00 | End: 17.00

Chat with the Humpty Dumpty Team and buy (to take away) a selection of their award winning bottled beers. Tastings available and beer by the pint on the bar!

Then there is………
Humpty Dumpty Brewery Bus Trip @ Kings Head & Humpty Dumpty Brewery
Sun 04/06/2017
Start: 12.00 | End: 17.00

Travel in (old) style to the award winning Humpty Dumpty Brewery in Reedham and tour the brewery, chat with the team, sample a selection of beers.
Price to be confirmed – spaces limited – pop into the Kings Head for more information and to book your place.

CITY HOPPERS

And of course, throughout the whole week, you can look for and then try our “City Hoppers” in participating pubs.
Each one is unique with a different dry hop finish added to the cask prior to delivery – How many will you find?

Broads Outdoors – Village Walk.

SATURDAY 20TH MAY
STARTS AND FINISHES AT BREWERY

A FREE AND INFORMATIVE 5KM WALK AROUND REEDHAM FOLLOWED BY THE CHANCE TO VISIT THE BREWERY SHOP AND ENJOY AN (OPTIONAL) TOUR OF THE BREWERY – £5.00, BOOKING ADVISABLE
TEL:01493 701818

WALK STARTS AT 2PM AND EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL 3:30PM

BREWERY TOUR STARTS AT END OF WALK AND FINISHES AT APPROX 4:30PM, SHOP OPEN UNTIL 5:00PM

REEDHAM VILLAGE GUIDED WALK

Norwich and Norfolk Awards 2017

Picked up a few awards…….
 
Broadland Sunrise, GOLD in the Best Bitter category and SILVER overall beer category.
Swallowtail, SILVER in the Best Bitter category.
Shaltai Boltai, GOLD in unique bottled beer category and BRONZE overall bottled champion.
Christmas Crack, GOLD in Champion Beer of East Anglia.

HUMPTY DUMPTY BREWERY SPONSOR’S VILLAGE WALK

On the 27th December 2016 a walk around Reedham village was organised to highlight residents disappointment with the closing of a footpath within the village and to raise both awareness and funds with the hope of seeing this reversed and the path re-instated.

The walk started at the village Hall and finished at the brewery where a one off firkin of beer (footpath ale) was donated for sale to the thirsty walkers to further the fund raising. There was also coffee, tea, mince pies, biscuits etc supplied by a willing team of volunteers as well as a tombola, with prizes generously donated from various organisations and  businesses within the village.

You can read a full article from the Eastern Daily Press HERE

2016 CAMRA Awards

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Broadland Sunrise picked up the GOLD for best bitter (cask) at the Norwich and Norfolk Camra awards this year. It also picked up SILVER in the overall category with Honey Cat (from the Fatcat Brewery) pipping it to the top spot, well done to them.
Our Bottled Porter also picked up A Silver in the bottled Stout and Porter category.

Charity Cheque

On Tuesday 12th January 2016 representatives from the brewery met with representatives from our local First Responders and Reedham Parish Council.

This was  two-fold event, with the unveiling of the new Defibrillator and cabinet at the village hall – funded by Grants from the Parish Council, the First Responders and the Village Hall Association and the presentation of the Humpty Dumpty cheque to the First Responders from our fund raising in 2015.

In total the brewery presented £1350, of which £1200 was raised at our open weekend in December and the other £150 was given by our local CAMRA (Norwich and Norfolk) on holding their branch meeting at the brewery in September.

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Cheque and Defibrillator Presentation

Back (left to Right)
Lesley George (Brewery) Margaret Ditcham (First Responders) David Hale (Parish Council, Chairman) Mary Anne Fermoy (Brewery)

Front Kneeling (Left to Right)
David Breeze (First Responders, Parish Council) Roger Ditcham (First Responder)

 

Re-Branding

Noticed the change on our page header? It’s part of our new brand look. New bottle labels, new pump clips, new media – a whole new look……
Keep your eye out for the changes as we roll them out over the next month or so, here, on social media (Facebook / Twitter) and at all good outlets supplying Humpty Dumpty Beers.

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02/09
Facebook and Twitter pages now updated with new cover photos and logos…

New outside signs all in place 🙂

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