Triple success for Jo’s north Norfolk beer
PUBLISHED: 06:33 11 December 2014
Norfolk’s only female brewer is celebrating a hat-trick of successes after her ales scooped three prestigious awards in the space of just two months.
Jo Coubrough, wife of well-known New Zealand born chef and hotelier Chris Coubrough, began brewing in 2010 after setting up in a disused barn on a country estate just outside Fakenham.
She uses locally grown and malted Norfolk Maris Otter barley and water supplied by the brewery’s own bore hole.
Since then Jo C’s Norfolk Ale has gone from strength to strength, earning plaudits from appreciative drinkers across the country.
But now the mother-of-two has well and truly established herself on the nation’s beer drinking radar after her brews won prizes at three major beer festivals.
First her debut beer Norfolk Kiwi, named after her husband, won a Gold Award at the CAMRA Peterborough Beer Festival, one of the UK brewing industry’s biggest events.
The same beer scooped another Gold Award at the 37th Annual CAMRA Norwich Beer Festival.
And now she has learned that her most recent brewing creation, Knot Just Another IPA, was judged Beer of the Festival at Huntingdonshire CAMRA’s Booze on the Ouse event last month.
Mrs Coubrough said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have landed three such meaningful awards for my beers in such a short space of time.
“I’ve always had plenty of positive feedback from drinkers about my ales but these awards are official stamps of approval from major events in the brewing calendar.
“The Peterborough Beer Festival is one of the biggest in the country and the Norwich event is my local CAMRA festival and almost as prestigious, offering more than 200 different beers and ciders.
“There are so many beers available at these festivals, literally hundreds, that winning any kind of award, let alone gold awards, is a real achievement that validates what I’ve been doing.”
Jo C’s is located on the West Barsham estate and supplies draught ales to pubs across East Anglia, London and Northamptonshire.
Her bottled beers and five-litre mini casks are also available at delicatessens, village stores and tourist attractions all over the region, as well as online via her website.