Our “special” as produced on request by the organisers of the 42nd Cambridge Beer Festival has been voted Beer of the Festival by the public. Our thanks to them for enjoying it and voting.
What was it? PanGalactic GargleBlaster……
And before you ask, sorry – it was a one off special and won’t be available to our general market. The good news though, if you can make it along, is that it will be one of our specials at our own festival – The Reedham Beer Festival 2015.
On the 30th April 2015 brewers from Golden Triangle (Kevin), Grain (Phil), Humpty Dumpty (Ian and Tom), Panther (Martin) and S&P (Andy and Tom) all descended upon Grain Breweries site in order to brew a collaboration beer.
The reason for this? It is this year the fifth year of the Norwich City of Ale Festival and it was decided that five breweries would get together to brew a special beer using five different types of grain (all very kindly donated by Crisps Maltings) and five different types of hop and that this beer would be sold around the pubs in Norwich over the festival with 50 pence per pint to go to charity – The Hamlet Center Trust in Norwich, which supports children and young adults with disabilities. The beer has been given the name Wymer’s Gold, selected by a panel of judges following a competition. It was chosen in recognition of trust founders Jack and Margaret Wymer.
Also along for the brew were Caz Jones (city of ale banner designer), who brought along the pumpclip which she had designed and Pauline Morgan, CEO of the Hamlet Centre Trust.
Here’s the film report from Mustard TV.
Golden Triangle Brewery
City of Ale
Hamlet Center Trust
Norwich and Norfolk CAMRA recently awarded this years awards for real ales in a bottle and we are pleased to report that our Red Mill picked up two prizes.
Gold in the bitter Category
Bronze in the overall competition.
Just like it says……
The building project is all about finished (a few finishing touches to go) but we have now moved into our new offices and, more importantly for our customers, our new shop. Lots of goodies including our real ales in a bottle as produced on site, Humpty Dumpty branded merchandise, Norfolk ciders, country wines and other fine local products all in nice shiny and modern new shop surrounds…
Oh, and the new website – but if you’re reading this you know that 😉
On Friday 23rd january 2015 two of the brewery owners, Stephen George and Craig Fermoy, attended The Cantley Cock public house to meet up with the members of the brewerys’ pricipal charity, the Freethorpe First Responders.
At this meeting it was their huge pleasure to present the charity with a cheque from the brewery for the sum of £2047.44.
This was money raised by the brewery over the previous year and included donations from the Humpty Dumpty 10K last June, the Reedham Beer Festival last July and the brewery’s popular Christmas Open Weekend last December, which raised more than £1000.
The brewerys’ thanks to all of you that have supported any of these events and contributed to this very worthy and hard working charity.
Here’s our 2014 open weekend flyer.
Sleepytime Gal is this year’s Festival Special, brewed to coincide with and launch at the Norwich beer festival as well as being available at good pubs thoughout the region.
Sleepytime Gal is an American style IPA.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BEER
On February 21st 1944, Sleepytime Gal was one of a large number of American B17 bombers returning from a raid over Germany when it was involved in a collision with another B17 in the fog over East Anglia. Unfortunately, as a result of this collision both planes were lost, crashing into the marshes near Reedham, with the crews of both planes killed.
Sleepytime Gal is, in this 70th anniversary year, named to honour and remember the brave men on both of these planes who gave their lives in the name of freedom.
There is a plaque in Reedham commemorating the crews of these two planes, alongside the village war memorial.
In 1999 there was a Channel 4 Time Team programme, with Tony Robinson, where the site of the crash was excavated. It can be watched on 4OD.
We’re looking forward to three days of great beer, fantastic music and (hopefully) some good weather. As with last year, this year’s beer festival will start at 12 Noon on Friday
After collecting our award last week for our Red Mill, we had to go out and find a pint of it. Our award winning Red Mill is red in colour, with a crisp hoppy bitterness on top of a caramel and fruit malt backbone.
Our bottled beers have once again been recognised for their quality and consistency by the Norwich & Norfolk Campaign for Real Ale.
Our Broadland Sunrise 4.2% was named the overall winner of the competition and is the 2013 Champion Bottled Beer of Norfolk as well as being awarded the winner of the Bitter Category.
“15” 9.0% our Anniversary Barley Wine was entered into the Barley Wine category where it took the top prize, the judges commenting that it was “rich and satisfying with banana toffee overtones”.
Norfolk Nectar 4.6% was awarded Bronze in the Speciality Beer Category.
Broadland Sunrise is always readily available in cask, and will be available in bottles towards the end of February.
“15” is now only available in a very limited number of 330ml bottles and our Norfolk Nectar will be available in bottles towards the end of February, but it is currently available in cask.