Redwell Brewery launches new Norwich Pils lager as it celebrates medal haul

Staff at the Redwell Brewery have just launched their Norwich Pils after also winning 4 awards at th

Staff at the Redwell Brewery have just launched their Norwich Pils after also winning 4 awards at the Craft Beer World Cup.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A city brewery has launched a lager to celebrate Norwich, as it toasts success in an international competition.

Staff at the Redwell Brewery have just launched their Norwich Pils after also winning 4 awards at th

Staff at the Redwell Brewery have just launched their Norwich Pils after also winning 4 awards at the Craft Beer World Cup.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The latest craft creation from the Trowse-based Redwell Brewery is Norwich Pils, which is a classic pilsner-style lager with a Fine City twist.

Its pump clip features the city's skyline, complete with the spire of Norwich Cathedral, and it is made using Norfolk malt.

The beer, which is only sold in Norfolk, was launched days after the brewery won a record haul of medals at the prestigious Dublin Craft Beer Cup.

Around 360 breweries entered a total of more than 1,000 beers into the competition, and Redwell picked up four medals – the second highest total for any brewery, after Ireland's McGargles brewery which won six.

Staff at the Redwell Brewery have just launched their Norwich Pils after also winning 4 awards at th

Staff at the Redwell Brewery have just launched their Norwich Pils after also winning 4 awards at the Craft Beer World Cup.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Redwell scooped three silver medals, for its West Coast Pale Ale, Kofra Stout and 4% Pale Ale, and a bronze for its White Ale.

'It's a well-regarded event,' said Patrick Fisher, co-owner of Redwell. 'Judges are all either professors of brewing and distilling or current or ex-brewers or distillers.

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'We like to be judged against the best and you can only do that by putting your neck on the line.'

He said head brewer David Jones put a lot of time into getting the beers into 'absolutely top condition', and it was 'overwhelming' for the brewery team to receive recognition from peers.

Explaining the process behind creating Norwich Pils, which is 4% abv, he said: 'We wanted to make a lager that could be purely associated with Norwich. There's a lot of pride associated with Norwich and Norfolk and people who like lager don't have much choice if they want to buy something that's local. Instead of buying Kronenbourg, Stella Artois or Becks and giving money to a foreign-based brewery, if they want to invest in more local brewery jobs and the local economy they can make that choice now.'

The beer is available in pubs across Norwich.

Norfolk ingredients

Ingredients grown by local farmers have helped shape the crisp flavour of Norwich Pils.

This was in part influenced by the local roots of Redwell Brewery co-owner Amy Hancock.

Her father Paul Hancock is a Fakenham farmer and has been for more than 40 years.

The barley that he produces goes to the Crisp Malting Group, at Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham, and is used by Redwell to brew its new lager.

'Anybody can make a pilsner and you can use ingredients from all over the world, but we've put that local stamp on it, make it in Norwich and it's important the ingredients come from Norfolk,' said Redwell co-owner Patrick Fisher.

History of Redwell

Founded in 2013, the Redwell Brewery already has quite a history.

Within months of opening, the microbrewery found itself locked in an unusual David vs Goliath dispute with energy drink firm Red Bull.

Red Bull claimed that Redwell, named after Redwell Street in Norwich, had a similar name and must change it, before eventually backing down.

The following year London's Camden Town Brewery filed High Court papers against Redwell, claiming that its Redwell Hells Lager was trying to trade on the success of Camden Hells.

A crowd-funding campaign was launched in support of the Norfolk brewery.

The owners of Redwell, which has won a string of awards, run four pubs in Norwich, including one which contains a gin distillery.

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