New Norfolk brewery needs just £100 to get off the ground

Wildcraft has been set up by Mark Goodman and Mike Deal(right) focusing on making beers from forage

Wildcraft has been set up by Mark Goodman and Mike Deal(right) focusing on making beers from foraged and locally sourced ingredients.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Berries and fruit foraged from fields and hedgerows are being put to use at a new Norfolk brewery - to flavour its beer.

Business partners Mike Deal and Mark Goodman are launching Wildcraft Brewery, which they hope will come to rival Brewdog in its success.

And the duo are just £100 short of their crowdfund campaign to raise £20,000 to kick-start the business, which they will use to convert a barn in Hevingham into their new base.

Mr Deal, who works in education, said: 'I have been brewing for about five or six years. It started when I was walking my dogs and got bored, so I began picking the hedgerows.

'I tried brewing wine but it took too long, so I tried beer and it was a success.'


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Mr Deal, 36, said he hoped the beer would be available in pubs, and would also be sold in bottles.

'We are determined to keep the philosophy of using as many foraged ingredients as possible,' said Mr Deal, of Old Costessey. 'Those we can't get through foraging will be sourced from local suppliers and growers.'

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The brewery hosted its first tasting session in Norwich at Vudu on Prince of Wales Road last month to test their beers on more than 200 people in the country's City of Ale.

Mr Goodman, of Hevingham, said: 'The event was really well received and we got some positive feedback.

'Norwich has such a great beer scene and we're very lucky to be a part of it.'

To help the project reach its goal before the end of today visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wildcraftbrewery

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