Cheers! Cromer brewer toasts win at CAMRA Beer Awards

Martin Warren has been running the Poppyland Brewery by himself for the past five years. Picture: Ma

Martin Warren has been running the Poppyland Brewery by himself for the past five years. Picture: Marc Betts - Credit: Archant

A north Norfolk brewer has dominated a beer competition, winning three golds and a silver award.

Poppyland Brewery also received a a certificate for Poppyland Stormbrynger, a 6.5% brown rye IPA. Pi

Poppyland Brewery also received a a certificate for Poppyland Stormbrynger, a 6.5% brown rye IPA. Picture: Martin Warren - Credit: Martin Warren

Martin Warren has run the Poppyland Brewery in Cromer for five years, and he has won four CAMRA Beer Awards.

His first gold came when a 9.6% imperial porter called Tragic Empress, named after Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who visited Cromer in 1887, won its category.

The brewery's most popular beer East Coast IPA, took gold in the Strong Bitter Category meaning both the beverages were in the final for Best Overall.

Tragic Empress come out on top being crowned Best Overall, winning gold, with East Coast IPA taking silver.


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Mr Warren said: 'It was a great surprise and delight. I brew adventurously. I'm not frightened to use a lot of hops or to use expensive ingredients.

'The Tragic Empress was an impressive beer because it was barrel aged for a year, I brewed it to be a champion. I set out deliberately to turn judges' heads.

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'The only problem was I went up against myself in the final so I couldn't win two golds.'

The awards were presented at a gala evening at the Epic Television Studios in Norwich.

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