Top of the hops - Norwich craft brewery Redwell scoops two international awards
08:30 11 March 2014
A Norwich craft brewery has scooped two international awards, just 10 months after it started to make beer.
Redwell Brewery entered some of its ales in the Dublin Craft Beer World Cup, competing against more than 450 beers from around the world.
And joint owner Patrick Fisher, 34, was over the moon when Redwell’s Pale Ale won a silver medal and its Steam Lager took bronze.
He said they were the only East Anglian brewery honoured at the event, and the only British brewery to place higher was Thornbridge Brewery of Bakewell.
“We’re absolutely blown away by it,” he said. “We went there just to participate and see what was going on and we never imagined in our wildest dreams we would come away with an award, let alone two.
“We were bouncing from the walls and jumping for joy.”
The judging panel was made up of 12 highly regarded figures within the international brewing industry, all from brewing or distilling backgrounds.
Mr Fisher said it was an honour to have held their own against larger established breweries, and hoped February’s awards would add to their credibility.
“We hope this recognition will help us,” he added. “We want to get more people tasting our beer and hopefully enjoying it.”
It has been an eventful journey for Redwell, in Bracondale, which last year overcame a legal wrangle with energy drinks giant Red Bull over its “similar” name.
But Mr Fisher, who owns the brewery jointly with his partner Amy Hancock, 36, said he could not have wished for a better start.
“We’re really proud of our Norwich roots and that [Redwell] is now available in London and Scotland,” he said. “We feel in 10 months we’ve really spread ourselves about the country well and people are giving us really strong positive feedback.”
He added they hope to expand their market and growth, nurturing their home market in Norwich and Norfolk while also building on their popularity in London.
Head brewer David Jones was due much of the credit, said Mr Fisher, as he had previously worked at the successful Jamtlands brewery in Sweden, has more than two decades’ experience and is “clued up”.
“Without his expertise we wouldn’t be where we are,” explained Mr Fisher.
Redwell, which is named after Redwell Street in Norwich, employs seven full-time staff and sells 8,000 pints per week.
Its bottled beers can be bought at Norwich Tap House, Harper Wells off licence in Eaton and the Redwell Brewery in Bracondale, Norwich.