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Norfolk brewery Humpty Dumpty toasts busy year

PUBLISHED: 10:31 03 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:32 03 January 2014

Humpty Dumpty Brewery in Reedham.  Olly Best with a bottle of Christmas Crack in the brewery shop.  Picture: James Bass

Humpty Dumpty Brewery in Reedham. Olly Best with a bottle of Christmas Crack in the brewery shop. Picture: James Bass

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Four new beers and two award-winning bitters - 2013 was certainly a busy year for Norfolk’s independent Humpty Dumpty Brewery.

And with their sights set on further success, the team behind Reedham’s micro brewery is already gearing up to another eventful 12 months.

“Looking forward to 2014, there is going to be a number of developments here at the brewery,” said Oliver Best, accounts and sales coordinator for Humpty Dumpty.

“Due to the success of Red Mill (4.3 per cent abv), it will become a regular beer in the new year, and we are planning to redesign the recipe for our Reedcutter (4.4 per cent) to ring the changes.”

“And we will be looking to expand our customer base throughout East Anglia for both cask and bottled real ale.”

Last month, the brewery hosted its annual winter open weekend giving customers the chance to look behind the scenes, enjoy samples and pay a visit to the shop ahead of Christmas.

In July, the team will be hosting their seventh Reedham Beer Festival.

“The beer festival has been growing rapidly in popularity and attendance year on year,” said Oliver.

“We will also be back at the Royal Norfolk Show in June with our ever busy beer tent, then before we know it it will be time for another December open weekend.

“As well as these events, we are presently looking at other events and opportunities to take on throughout the region over the course of 2014.”

As for 2013, the brewery celebrated after bringing home a clutch of awards for their beers made on the Broads.

The already multi-award winning Little Sharpie picked up a prestigious title when it was named the 2013 Norfolk Beer of the Year Winner of the Bitter Category and at the Norwich Beer Festival in October, Humpty Dumpty’s ‘Festival Special’ aka Red Mill was awarded Silver in the Best Bitter Category in the 2013 Beers of the Festival Awards.

Mr Best said the company turnover has been running between 15 and 20 per cent up again in 2013.

And with four new tipples launched in the past 12 months – including Black Mill (5.0 per cent), Red Mill (4.3 per cent), Christmas Crackling (4.5 per cent) and 15, a 9.0 per cent barley wine – the firm’s popularity shows no sign of slowing just yet. The brewery was taken on by friends Lesley and Stephen George and Mary Anne and Craig Fermoy six years ago.

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