Microbrewery creating two special beers to celebrate Norfolk Day
PUBLISHED: 06:30 03 May 2018
SENT IN BY DAVID HOLLIDAY
As Norfolk Day approaches dozens of events are planned across a variety of communities. This week we focus on two special beers being brewed for the day.
A microbrewery is creating two special beers for Norfolk Day which will celebrate an important countywide crop.
Norfolk Brewhouse, on Harvest Lane, Hundringham, is creating limited edition bottles of Norfolk Day Sunrise and Norfolk Day Sunset for the celebratory event on July 27.
The sunrise brew will be a light golden ale and the sunset drink will be an amber/copper ale.
But the star of both beers will be Maris Otter malting barley, which is predominantly grown in Norfolk and revered around the world by other beer producers.
Norfolk Brewhouse brewer, David Holliday, 52, from Hellesdon, said: “We are trying to put the focus on Maris Otter. I want to big-up the farmers and Norfolk Day is a good opportunity to look at what these guys and girls are doing. We want to link up the growers of Maris Otter.
“Norfolk has got the second highest number of breweries around the county in the UK. We are a great barley growing county.”
He added: “Norfolk Day is great. Identity for the county is really important. Our heritage is important.
“I think this is just the start for Norfolk Day. It will be a good thing for tourism.”
The microbrewery, which started in 2012, will produce 4,000 pints of Norfolk Day Sunrise and Norfolk Day Sunset from the beginning of July.
They will be sold in 70 pubs across the county.
Maris Otter was first planted in 1965 in Cambridgeshire.
But the hand-harvested crop was quickly grown in a so-called motherfield on the north Norfolk coast.
That field can produce 300 million pints of beer a year.
More than 90 farmers across the county grow the crop from the motherfield.
Several breweries across Norfolk use it and the barley is now exported to over 20 different countries.
These include Japan, New Zealand, USA, South America and Brazil.
Mr Holliday described the barley as “pure and good” and said north Norfolk’s climate proved successful for the crop.
Some 450 people are also employed, through various roles, because of Maris Otter.
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Norfolk Day online shop
An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.
The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.
Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.
Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27 and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.
The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich Evening News in partnership with BBC
Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.
Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.
To order Norfolk Day materials, visit the online Norfolk Day shop.
Estimated delivery time is 28 days.