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Blog /February 2016 /

Jo C's pulls off an Olympic-style clean sweep!

2016 has started fantastically for me, and I had three reasons to be cheerful after attending the recent Norwich Beer Festival Awards at The Hostry in the city's Cathedral. Even my most optimistic expectations were surpassed when I learned I had landed an Olympic podium-style hat-trick of awards: First my Bitter Old Bustard won a silver award in the 'Best Bitter' category from the Norwich CAMRA judges who attended the festival. Then my Norfolk Kiwi landed a gold award from the judges in the 'Bitter' category. And to cap a marvellous evening Kiwi received a bronze award in the Champion Beer of East Anglia category. I was absolutely thrilled with the gold and silver awards to but the bronze I received for Kiwi was the highlight of the evening because it was so unexpected. It was an amazing surprise and really put the top hat on a fantastically enjoyable evening with Norfolk's beer glitterati!

Blog /January 2016 /

Stout Robin brings seasonal cheer for fans of Jo C's!

People are constantly asking me if I'm planning to add to my range of ales, so this Christmas I decided to brew a 'limited edition' seasonal special in the shape of Stout Robin, just to prove I'm more than a three-trick pony! With an ABV of 4.6%, Stout Robin, a traditional full-bodied dark stout brewed with a rich blend of roasted malts and English hops to give a balanced blend of bitterness and spicy berry aroma, was made in casks only for distribution to my ever-growing coterie of discerning landlords. I named my latest brew after the little Robin who sits on the red brick wall outside my brewery door. He appears most active during the winter months from November to March, exactly the time period my stout was available for. Stout Robin seemed a particularly appropriate name, what with the little red-breasted thrushes, which are aggressively territorial, recently winning a poll to find the UK's national bird. Traditionally the word stout meant "proud" or "brave", later being used as a fitting sobriquet for dark beers.
 

Blog /November 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

More great press for Jo C's!

Jo C's really is getting some great coverage of late, but you know you're making the right kind of splash when you're featured in Harper's Bazaar magazine. I was lucky enough to meet up for lunch with HB writer Caroline Lewis during her recent fact-finding mission to beautiful North Norfolk. Caroline also visited my brewery and I was delighted when she featured my ales in her write-up. You can read Caroline's thoughts about our gorgeous part of the country here.
 

 

Blog /November 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

An alewive's tale in all the right Places and Faces!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the lovely Andy Newman from Places & Faces, the lifestyle magazine for Norfolk and Suffolk recently. Andy popped in to the brewery to ask me how I got started in the brewing industry and to source ingredients for the recipe which was to accompany his feature. In the end he opted for some of my Knot Just Another IPA which Norwich chef Roger Hickman used to make the batter for his delicious concotion of beer-battered lobster claws with tarragon mayonnaise. I like the sound of that. I can think of someone I might ask to cook that for me. You can read Andy's article here.

Blog /October 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

Another double for Jo C's!

I was delighted to receive two more accolades for my ales at this year's Norwich Beer Festival. For the second year in a row my Norfolk Kiwi won gold in the 'Bitter' category, with my Bitter Old Bustard winning silver in the 'Best Bitter' category. The Norwich festival is fast becoming one of the biggest in Britain with over 200 cask-conditioned real ales from independent breweries all over the country on sale this year, so to win two awards was a fantastic achievement.
 

 

Blog /October 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

So sorry England... but well done the All Blacks!

Even though I'm married to a Kiwi I obviously wanted England to win the Rugby World Cup, but it just wasn't to be. But at least my other half was happy, and so were my children Lily and Max who both have dual nationality. The Rugby World Cup really seemed to catch everyone's imagination and there were some fantastic games. I  played my part (I hope) in further cementing Anglo-Kiwi relations when I talked about my beer at a special rugby, wine and beer evening held at The Crown in the midst of the tournament. While Adnams' head brewer Fergus and I chatted about our ales, guests also got to hear about Kiwi wines from John Forrest of Forrest Wines. A good evening was had by all. The following morning I was honoured to host a brewery tour for a group of rugby mad New Zealanders who had been staying locally and popped in to break up the journey on their way down to Twickenham.

Blog /September 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

Jo C's at night - a blogger's delight!

Beer bloggers are becoming increasingly influential, so I was thrilled to get such a nice write-up from Cambridge-based Jeremy Springall, a Guest Editor for Craft Beer Advocate. Jeremy, a scientist by trade, is a real craft ale enthusiast who is dedicated to hunting down new brews and spreading the word about his favourite producers as far and wide as he can. You can read his blog on my beer here.

 

Blog /September 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

Blown away by the North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival experience... literally!

This year's North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival at Holkham was the best yet, with everybody being moved to the Walled Garden due to the refurbishments taking place elsewhere on the estate. It was a fantastic setting and I understand the festival is going to be located there next year because all the traders and visitors were so impressed with the surroundings. For my own part I was lucky I managed to sell any beer on the second day of the festival because I arrived at the Walled Garden to find my stall had been literally blown away by the strong winds overnight - there were bits of canopy everywhere! Luckily my husband Chris, the lovely Arthur Howell and some fellow stallholders helped me retrieve my shattered stand and put it back together again. I was also delighted to taste some special ice cream made with my Knot Just Another IPA by the lovely people at Hunstanton Ice Cream. It was dee-licious!!

Blog /July 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

It's official - a pint of Jo C's aids recovery after a long walk!

There's nothing more we look forward to after a long weekend hike to blow away the cobwebs from the night before than a rejuvenating pint in the pub at the end of the journey. What could be better than collapsing on the cushions in a comfy bar with the children and the dog (if you've got one), resting one's weary limbs and kicking back to savour a refreshing pint of the local brew to restore all your vital signs? The answer, you've guessed it, is practically nothing. So you can imagine how delighted I was to find my ales name-checked in a feature entitled 'Ten beautiful British walks that end in a pub' which appeared in The Telegraph. Even better, the paper chose to place the walk from Burnham Overy Staithe to The Crown at Wells-next-the-Sea at the top of its 'walk and a pint' hit parade too. How nice to be referred to as "the landlord's wife" once again too! Unlike the Jo C's, I'm not bitter... You can read the article here

Blog /June 2015 /

Doing my bit for charity - Jo C's features in Norfolk's Own Cook Book

I was really thrilled when I was asked to provide a recipe for Norfolk's very own cook book, 'Everything Stops for Tea', which is the brainchild of the lovely Mary Kemp, Vanessa Scott and Melinda Raker. All the contributors paid to have their recipes featured in the self-funding book, all the proceeds from which are going to Marie Curie, the charity which provides care and support for people suffering from terminal illness. The books cost just £20, and every sale equates to an hour's care from a Marie Curie nurse. My recipe was for the Jo C's Norfolk Ale Fruit Loaf made with my very own Bitter Old Bustard, and features on P17 of the cook book, which you can buy from numerous outlets all over Norfolk, including The Crown Hotel in Wells. I even got to demonstrate my recipe when I appeared at Mary's cookery theatre for the Royal Norfolk Show. There's some fantastic recipes inside the cook book, so get buying!. Well done Mary, Vanessa and Melinda! For more details about the book project click here.

Blog /May 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

FEM.ALE girl power rocks City of Ale AGAIN!

Norwich's City of Ale festival is always a great chance to meet new brewers and make new contacts, but one of the events I enjoy most every year is the FEM ALE Festival hosted by Ben Thompson at The Plasterer's Arms in Cowgate. This year was the second in a row that I attended Ben's 'Meet the Brewsters' evening and I had a great time hosting some tasting sessions in the front bar and chatting to people who enjoy my beer. Ben deserves a lot of credit for giving Britain's growing army of lady brewers a platform at which to showcase the fruits of their hard work. Norwich's Mustard TV gave FEM ALE a nice pre-event plug which you can view here. For more info on FEM ALE and to see pictures of previous festivals click here.

Blog /May 2015 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

Cask's the way to do it!

I'm a great believer in recycling, so I'm always keen to hear what people have done with my mini casks after they've drained the contents. Whenever I run a stall at a beer festival or outside event people are always commenting on how much they like my green and pink branding, and how it seems such a shame not to use the casks afterwards. Well here's the solution, and it's only one of many. Just cut the top off the cask using a suitable tool and you can use it as a planter. They're perfect for tomato plants. Waste not want not! 

Blog /December 2014 /

Gold awards for Norfolk Kiwi Ale

Jo C nets a hat-trick of beer gongs!

They often say good things come in threes, and that's certainly the case with awards as far as Jo C's is concerned. Already bursting with pride at landing golden gongs for Norfolk Kiwi at the Peterborough and Norwich beer festivals, I was blown away to be told by Hunts CAMRA that my Knot Just Another IPA had been voted 'Beer of the Festival' at their Booze on the Ouse event back in October. I must confess I'm struggling to find places on my office wall to hang the framed certificates at the moment, but what a lovely problem to have! These awards are a fantastic reward for all the hard work my assistant brewer Andy and I put in to ensure my three beers leave the brewery in the best possible condition. Achieving a hat-trick of awards also gained me more attention from the regional media, with the story featuring in the Eastern Daily Press and the Fakenham & Wells Times. You can see the EDP coverage by clicking here.
 

Blog /November 2014 /

Jo C's Norfolk Ale at Walsingham

Norfolk Kiwi strikes gold again!

Things just keep getting better and better on the beer front for Jo C's. Hot on the heels of winning a gold award for Norfolk Kiwi at the Peterborough Beer Festival I was delighted to learn that the same fantastic accolade had been bestowed upon my darling first-brewed beer by drinkers at the 37th CAMRA Norwich Beer Festival as well. What else could I do but order up a brand new Kiwi pump clip with two gold rosettes on it? Well you have to blow your own trumpet don't you? I was absolutely thrilled to win these two awards, because they're voted for by drinkers who attended the two festivals, which are among the largest in the country. Talk about an authentic endorsement! November also saw my beers being stocked for the first time at a number of new outlets, including Banham Zoo, Back 2 The Garden, the Bawdeswell Garden Centre and Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, so you can now calm yourself down with a Jo C's ale after that terrifying encounter with a T Rex! Those lovely people at Walsingham Farm Shop are also now stocking my beer, and I was delighted to attend their pre-Christmas markets in Walsingham and at their shop at Norfolk Lavender in Heacham.

Blog /September-October 2014 /

Jo C being interview by a film crew for BBC Look East

Jo C's in the national spotlight again!

October was a fantastically busy month for yours truly, with my ales winging their merry way all over the country and into the mouths of thirsty, discerning drinkers everywhere! Among the festivals my beer featured at were Hunts CAMRA's legendary Booze on the Ouse event, the Norwich Sound & Vision Beer Festival and the Diss Corn Hall Beer Festival, as well as other events in Norwich, Cromer, Rugby in Warwickshire and Mirfield in West Yorkshire. I also found myself doing my bit for the region's brewers when I was interviewed by Grant Norman of BBC Look East for Cask Beer Week (see picture). The idea of being interviewed used to terrify me, and although I wouldn't yet describe myself as a 'dab hand' when it comes to the media, I'm definitely starting to get the hang of it! An added bonus was getting a national shout out from the lovely Cerys Matthews on my favourite radio station, BBC Six Music, during her interview with female Beer Sommelier of the Year Jane Peyton, whom I'd met at the Plasterers Arms in Norwich during the City of Ale festival. The power of Twitter eh? 

Blog /August 2014 /

 

Happy days at Holkham

This year's North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival at Holkham Hall just a few miles up the 'Dry Road' from Jo C's brewery was once again a fantastic success. Luckily we were blessed with great weather on both days but the Sunday was particularly busy with more than 6,000 visitors, most of whom - judging by the enormous pile of empty casks and bottles we'd amassed - took the opportunity to enjoy a drop of local ale. My helpers Kate, Daisy, Troupy and I got through eight casks over a 48-hour period and were also cleaned out of bottles, necessitating a quick dash back to HQ for a re-supply by van on the Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came and had a drink and a chat and particularly thank you for all your lovely comments about my beer. Boy was it a tiring weekend though! You can read the Lynn News & Advertiser's report on the festival here.

 

Blog /August 2014 /

We are GOLD! Jo C's Flying Kiwi lands a proper Posh gong!

Having lived in Peterborough when I was younger I know what a fantastic event the CAMRA Peterborough Beer Festival is - so you can imagine my utter joy and pride when I was informed by festival organisers that my Norfolk Kiwi had won the 'Gold Award' in the Bitter (less than 4%) category! There were more than 350 real ales on sale at this year's festival (the 37th), including more than 60 new beers, so for Kiwi to come away with a 'Gold Award' was truly something special. I'm currently in the process of having some new pump clips made to reflect the award and I'll post them on here as soon as they've arrived.

 

Blog /August 2014 /

Jo C's looking OK in KL!

Summer has been a busy time for Jo C's publicity-wise. Hot on the heels of my brief but glorious appearance in Sainsbury's Magazine I also feature in August's edition of the excellent KL Magazine. I wasn't really sure what to expect when KL's Eric Secker contacted me out of the blue and said he wanted to do a feature on my brewery because he'd heard so much about me. Eric fired off a questionnaire which I answered and asked me to send him a selection of pictures which would help tell the Jo C's story. You can see the results here - I was absolutely delighted with the outcome so an extra special big thanks to you too Eric!
 

Blog /August 2014 /


Norfolk Kiwi goes down a treat at the Great British Beer Festival

For the first time this year one of my beers featured at the Campaign for Real Ale's Great British Beer Festival held at Olympia in London. This is a massive event, which has been held in one format or another by CAMRA since 1977, and once again this year attracted well over 50,000 discerning drinkers. The festival featured more than 900 beers, ciders and perries from 350 British breweries, and this year had a circus theme to reflect its carnival atmosphere. In addition to the 11 'brewery bars' representing some of the larger independent brewing companies there were a number of circus-themed bars, and my Norfolk Kiwi was available at The Unicyclist bar. Let's hope I get asked to supply my ales to the next GBBF in August 2015!
 

Blog /August 2014 /

Jo C's Norfolk Ale features in Sainsbury's Magazine

Sainsbury's is the second largest supermarket chain in the country, so I was delighted to see my beer feature in the August edition of Sainsbury's Magazine. Writer Leanne Bracey had spent 48 hours on a whistle-stop tour of Norfolk a few months earlier to meet some of the food and drink producers taking part in the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival for her 'Gourmet on The Go' feature. In her article Leanne was very complimentary about my beer and said I was making a name for myself as a brewer in a county known for its superb local produce, particularly its malting barley. She also stayed at Stratton's Hotel in Swaffham, where my beer is on sale, and The Ship Hotel at Brancaster which is part of my husband Chris's Flying Kiwi Inns chain, as well as namechecking Wells-based Arthur Howell and Whin Hill Cider, both friends of Jo C's. Thanks Leanne! You can read Leanne's article here.
 

Blog /June 2014 /

Chris, Arthur, a famous Yorkshireman and Jo C's Ale!

I had a lovely day out at the Royal Norfolk Show this year - and I got to meet James Martin from Saturday Kitchen! My husband Chris and his meat supplier and good friend Arthur Howell were booked to appear alongside James at Mary Kemp's Cookery Theatre in the Food Hall on the first day of the show, and the Yorkshireman certainly pulled in the crowds. Chris and Arthur joked that James had been hired as their warm-up man, but didn't seem to have an answer when I pointed out he was doing six shows over two days and they were just doing one! I took along a six-bottle gift pack of my ales in the hope I could give them to James to try, and he seemed delighted to receive them. Well which man wouldn't like a gift of free beer?! I'm hoping he lets me know what he thought of them, or better still, uses a bottle or two when he's cooking! I really enjoy the Royal Norfolk Show - and the weather was fantastic this year which made it an even better day out.  

Blog /June 2014 /

Norfolk Kiwi in the corridors of power!

Thanks to Norwich City of Ale organisers Phil Cutter and Dawn Leeder my Norfolk Kiwi made it into the House of Commons! Phil and Dawn were joined by Nick Bond of Visit Norwich, Stefan Gurney of the Norwich BID team and David Powles of the EDP to form a Norwich delegation which travelled down to London to meet members of the Parliamentary Beer Group. As well as informing the beer-loving MPs of the success of City of Ale they also took a whole host of Norfolk's finest ales with them for sampling purposes. Phil, who runs the Murderers in Norwich, kindly took this picture of a bottle of Norfolk Kiwi in The Strangers' Bar. Apparently the MPs were very impressed by the Norfolk beers and have vowed to share information about City of Ale with parliamentary colleagues in the hope that other cities will follow suit with their own beer-centric events. Well done City of Ale! 

Blog /May 2014 /

Jo C meets up with beer guru Roger Protz!

During the City of Ale event in Norwich I finally got the opportunity to meet the renowned ale writer Roger Prot z. Roger, one of the most respected writers in the beer business, hosted an ale tasting evening at The Earlham Arms the night after the City of Ale launch party, and was very complimentary about my Norfolk Kiwi. My husband Chris and I were delighted to have supper with Roger after the tasting session, and it was fascinating to hear him talk about beer - he's so passionate about the subject as you'd imagine! You can see what Roger said about my Norfolk Kiwi by clicking here.

Blog /May 2014 /

All hail to the ale as Norwich celebrates the beauty of beer

For the third year running I was delighted to attend the Brewers' Market at Norwich's fantastic City of Ale event. Despite being soaked through to the skin following some early morning cloudbursts as I was setting up my stall for the market, which was held on the concourse outside the wonderful Forum building, the sun eventually came out and I had a really enjoyable day chatting to beer lovers from across the globe, including the USA, Canada, Germany and Italy. It was lovely to chat to everyone and catch up with fellow brewers from Adnams, Winter's, Golden Triangle, Wolf, Norfolk Brewhouse and the great people from Norwich CAMRA, who also had stalls. Later that evening I hosted a 'Meet the Brewster' session in the back room of The Plasterers Arms in Cowgate as part of the FEM.ALE Festival. There I met some real beer devotees, including beer sommelier Jane Peyton and Cassandra Orford from Fuller's. The Plasterers is a cracking community pub and it was lovely to see so many ale lovers enjoying themselves. 

Blog /April 2014 /

Chillies to the left of me, salami to the right…

You can't beat a good country show and the East Anglian Game and Country Fair is a REALLY GOOD country show. Despite the weather on Saturday being less than ideal my little helper Troupy and I enjoyed brisk trade, selling plenty of gift packs, mini casks and even some branded Jo C's clothing (see this website for details!) The second day was even busier as the crowds came out in force to enjoy the sunshine. One of the nice things about these events is being able to meet other dedicated traders and hear their stories. This year we were situated between a lovely couple from Lincolnshire selling their home made sweet chilli sauces and a German man selling a whole range of salamis, kabanos and chorizo. I'm afraid poor Troupy was worn down by hearing him regale allcomers with his repetitive sales patter and had to go for a lie down at one point. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped to say hello and ask about my ales, and well done to the event organisers, who did a fantastic job!  

Blog /April 2014 /

Jo C's slays the Dragon Hall Beer Festival

I was delighted to supply both Norfolk Kiwi and Bitter Old Bustard to this year's Dragon Hall Beer Festival. This event, staged in a beautiful 15th Century trading hall in the heart of Norwich, is getting bigger and better with every passing year. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the festival personally due to my commitments at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair, but I've heard it went supremely well. Congratulations to Emma Pinder, Andrea Kirkby, Rachael McLanagan and everyone else whose hard work made the event such a success.

Blog /April 2014 /

Girl Power leads the way!

Luckily for me, I'm among a select group of women brewers whose ales will be championed at a new beer festival being run in conjunction with next month’s City of Ale festival in Norwich. The event, called Fem.Ale, celebrates female brewers from around the country and is taking place at the Plasterers Arms in Cowgate, from Friday May 23 to Sunday May 25. All 15 of the pub’s pumps are being turned over to female-brewed ales, and I'm hosting a spotlight beer tasting on the Saturday evening, so make sure you come and say hi! Click here http://tinyurl.com/qjb4jlu to see what the Norwich Evening News had to say about the festival.

Blog /March 2014 /

BoB shows beer lovers the way home!

March has started on a high after top beer tweeters Perfect Pint named my Bitter Old Bustard as their 'way home pint' on Wednesday 5th March. Perfect Pint are right up there when it comes to letting people know where they can taste quality beer in their local pubs and they have nearly 27,000 followers. You can follow them on Twitter at @PerfectPintUK and if you love your ale I'd advise you do! Thanks for the accolade guys!

 

Blog /February 2014 /

Jo C at JD's!

One of the best things about being a bird who brews is getting out and about with my beer and finding out what people think of it. Positive feedback is always nice to hear and that's exactly what I got from the drinkers at JD Wetherspoon's pub The Limes in Fakenham, Norfolk, at the latest in its series of 'Meet the Brewer' events. I took samples of all three of my ales to The Limes on Thursday 6th February and met some really nice people, all of whom already drank my beer or said they would be doing so in future after tasting it that night! They included two local couples who regularly drink at The Limes and came down especially to meet me and chat about my beers, a windfarm worker from Sunderland who's currently billeted in Fakenham, a lovely chap from Newport, Gwent, who was having supper with his wife and grandchildren and a gentleman from Ipswich who is in the process of moving to north Norfolk and said my beer was making his cross-border transition much easier! Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and say hello.  

 

Blog / January 2014 /

Yippee IPA!

Knot Just Another IPA received a fantastic plug on Simon Mayo's Foodie Thursday slot on January 16th - thanks to my good friend Arthur Howell! Simon's resident foodie Nigel Barden popped in to Arthur's deli in Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, after it was shortlisted for the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2014, for which he is a judge. My favourite butcher gave him a few bottles of Knot to take away, as well as telling him all about my business. The lovely Nigel then waxed lyrical about my beer during his weekly appearance on Simon's show, after choosing it as the perfect accompaniment to his cashew nut chilli. He even gave The Crown Hotel in Wells and my husband Chris a mention too. If you missed it you can 'listen again' by clicking on and fast forwarding to 1 hour and 20 minutes in. That's two appearances on national radio in the space of a few months. I must be doing something right!

 

Blog / January 2014 /

Uniquely highlighted...

I'm delighted to say that those lovely people at Uniquely magazines have featured me in the Early Spring 2014 issue of Uniquely Away, the publication "devoted to exclusive holidays, leisure and experience in Norfolk and Suffolk". Yours truly features on page 45 and you can view the latest edition here http://tinyurl.com/qhqddzr

 

 

 

 

Blog / December 2013 /

Ho-ho-Holkham!

Thousands of people visited Holkham Hall over two consecutive weekends in December to see the beautiful interior of the grand old house, all bedecked with festive decorations, and plenty of them fortified themselves with a glass or two of my mulled wine. I was delighted to be asked back to run a stall in the courtyard for Holkham's pre-Christmas event for a second year running, and I got to meet lots more lovely people. As well as warming themselves with a glass of my spicy festive mulled concoction, many also took the opportunity to taste my beers and grab six-bottle gift packs and mini casks in time for Christmas and New Year.

 

Blog / December 2013 /

On the buses!

Have you seen my new advert on the back of a bus? I've arranged with Norfolk Green for my ad to appear on one of their Coasthopper buses. The Coasthopper is a great little service which runs along the A149 north Norfolk coastal road between King's Lynn and Cromer and is an ideal vehicle (geddit?) for spreading the message about my beers, not so much to the lovely people of Norfolk - who I hope are already familiar with them - but mainly to the tens of thousands of holidaymakers and daytrippers who travel to this beautiful part of the country every year. The bus stops in every village along the way and I'm hoping my ad will be seen by lots of passengers, motorists and pedestrians as it winds its way through the county.

 

Blog / November 2013 /

Suits you sir!

Did you know you can now buy my ales at Norwich's most prestigious department store? My mini casks and bottle gift packs are now available in the deli at Jarrold's, and on Saturday 23rd November I staged a beer tasting in the menswear department as part of the store's Movember charity fundraising effort. I met lots of lovely chaps - and girls - and they all seemed to enjoy sampling my beers. So now you know where to go if you find yourselves in the Fine City and you need to buy the kind of liquid gift that drinkers with pallets of real class and distinction will appreciate!

 

Blog / November 2013 /

Beer there and everywhere!

I'm delighted to report that Jo C's Norfolk Ale is now available on draft in Essex. Nick Eldred, landlord of the White Hart pub in Stebbing, near Great Dunmow, and proprietor of the Hart of Stebbing microbrewery, recently took delivery of two firkins of Norfolk Kiwi. My sources in Essex tell me the Kiwi has been flying out of the pumps and is receiving favourable comments from the pub's discerning drinkers. Here's hoping word spreads across the county! 

 

Blog / November 2013 /

London Calling!

As Christmas approaches my beer is finding its way into more and more pubs and bars across East Anglia and the south east of England. November has seen all three of my ales go on sale in the heart of London. They're now available at the Kings Stores in Widegate Street EC1, The Phoenix in Throgmorton Street EC2 and the newly opened Golden Fleece in Queen Street, so if you're down in the big city for a meeting or to do some Christmas shopping why not pop in for a thirst-quenching livener courtesy of Jo C's!

 

Blog / November 2013 /

Beer festivals, brewery tours and new retail outlets!

Autumn is upon us and here at the brewery we're as busy as ever. October saw me attending the official reopening night of The Anchor pub on the banks of the River Cam in the heart of Cambridge's punting district. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event which attracted a big turnout and everyone present seemed to have a great time. It was particularly nice to see plenty of people sampling my ales and I received some very favourable feedback from discerning punters. I also hosted my first brewery tour when nine members of Swaffham Lions Club popped over to The Old Store to see how I turn the finest malting barley in the world into Norfolk Kiwi, Bitter Old Bustard and Knot Just Another IPA. They were very inquisitive and I was delighted to be able to answer their questions and take the opportunity of enlightening them as to how brewing was traditionally a woman's job. It was lovely to see them taking such an interest. The month ended with the 36th annual Norwich Beer Festival and I'd like to thank Norwich CAMRA once again for making it such a great occasion. I really enjoyed meeting so many friends - old and new - from the brewing industry and talking to fellow enthusiasts about the great beer we brew in this country, particularly in Norfolk!

 

Blog / October 2013 /

Three cheers for JD Wetherspoon!

Great news for Fakenham drinkers - you'll soon be able to buy my ale at The Limes, JD Wetherspoon's pub in Bridge Street. The brewery giant is doing its bit to support the local economy by stocking beers made by brewsters from the surrounding area - and luckily for me they've asked 'the bird who brews' to supply their cellar from November. I popped down to The Limes on October 14th to take part in a publicity photo shoot for JDW's in-house magazine and meet Simon and Stephen, who run the popular town centre hostelry.

 

Blog / September 2013 /

Jo C's hits the national headlines!

Well, nobody can say I haven't done my bit for the brewing industry, and more importantly, birds who brew! Thanks to my friends at CAMRA I appeared on Nicky Campbell's breakfast programme on BBC Five Live this morning (Thursday 12th September). Nicky wanted to talk about the ever increasing number of ladies making a living from the brewing industry, and luckily someone at Real Ale HQ put his researchers on to me. As a result 5 Live's charming East Anglian correspondent Stephen Chittenden rocked up to my brewery at 8am today to get the lowdown on why girls make such top brewsters. The lovely Stephen name-checked all three of my beers without me having to twist his arm and dutifully tucked into a bottle of Norfolk Kiwi off air as I chatted live to Nicky. Guess what? He loved it! I was able to wax lyrical about why babes know their oats - or more accurately their hops - when it comes to making beer, and why north Norfolk was such a mecca for brewing due to its beautiful malting barley. So, first BBC Norfolk, now Five Live! It just goes to show that babes who brew can also broadcast :) 

 

Blog / September 2013 /

Nothing for Jo C's to cry about at the Big Onion Festival!

On Saturday 7th September I took my beer to the Big Onion Festival which was held on the Elveden Estate just off the A11 near Thetford. Despite the fact that the heavens opened several times during the day, nobody seemed bothered by the unseasonal downpours and everyone soldiered on, determined to have a good time in true British 'stiff upper lip' style!Once again my ales went down a treat and the festival goers saw off all three of the casks I had on tap as well as taking away plenty of mini-casks and bottles. Luckily I had my dear friend Lisa from Wells-next-the-Sea helping me on the stall, and although business was brisk, in between serving customers we were able to sneak a quick boogie to some of the excellent live music acts who performed on the day. Well done to the Elveden Estate for organising and hosting such a great event!

 

Blog / August 2013 /

Jo C's at the North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival

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I was delighted to attend this year's North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival at Holkham. The event was held on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September and drew large crowds to the courtyard of Holkham Hall. I had a stall just outside the courtyard selling all three of my beers and my thirsty customers helped me get through nine casks worth over the two days! It was great to see so many dedicated local food and drink producers showing off their wares and talking enthusiastically about what they love to do. All in all a great weekend!

 

Blog / August 2013 /

Jo C's on BBC Radio Norfolk!

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Did you hear me on BBC Radio Norfolk? Chris Goreham was discussing brewing and barley on his morning show on Tuesday 13th August, so I tweeted the station to point out that brewing wasn't just a male preserve, and that a certain girl from Fakenham was rolling back the years to the days when women traditionally did the work of turning barley into beer by brewing her own ale in Norfolk. They tweeted me straight back and asked me if I'd like to take part in the programme - well, it would be churlish not to, I thought. So moments later there I was on live radio doing my bit for girl power in the brewing industry. Chris was really nice and I got the chance to give my beers a great plug. That's the power of Twitter for you - so if you aren't already following me you can find me @JoCsAleNorfolk

 

Blog / May 2013 /

Jo C's in Places & Faces

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Jo C's features in an article in 'Places & Faces' magazine with Aey Allen from The Vine restaurant in Norwich, who has a particular passion for matching Thai food with beer and real ale. When approached by Emma Outten, writer of the article, I didn't expect my comments in an email to Emma would actually be used! Read the complete article on pages 58-59...

 

Blog / May 2013 /

Norfolk goes North

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After claiming the title for UK Real Ale Capital, six Norfolk breweries decided that in honour of their triumph, they should deliver a van-load of their finest beers to the good citizens of York (last years expected winners!) as a showcase to promote the third Norwich City of Ale event. Read the complete article...

 

Blog / May 2013 /

Jo C's Ale tried and tested at Heart FM in Norwich

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On Friday Friday 1st of March at the Heart FM studios in Norwich, the Sound Women group (a national group of female broadcasters, producers and journalists) were hosted by the Breakfast Show Producer, Heidi Secker and joined by special guest Fi Glover from BBC Radio 4.

The group tasted some of Norfolk's finest local food and drink including Jo C's Norfolk Ale.

Pictured above is the display of our beer from the Sound Women Facebook page.

Blog / October 2012 /

Nick Clegg pours a pint of Norfolk Kiwi

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On Tuesday 9th October, Nick Clegg and Norman Lamb popped in to see our client The Flying Kiwi Inns at The Kings Head in Lethringsett.

Pictured is Nick Clegg pulling a pint of Jo C's Norfolk Kiwi with Norman Lamb and Chris Coubrough whilst at the Kings Head in Letheringsett today.

Blog / October 2012 /

Jo C's Norfolk Ale in Uniquely Away magazine

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Jo C's recently appeared in the Autumn issue of Uniquely Away magazine. Please click the image to read the article. Jo C's features on page 61.

Blog / September 2012 /

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at Holkham

The 3rd North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival took place on Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd September in the Courtyard at Holkham Hall. The festival forms part of the Norfolk wide EDP food and drink festival in association with Norfolk County Council.

Sixty of North Norfolk's food and drink producers attended and drew crowds of 10,000 visitors over the weekend. I was there with my Jo C's Norfolk Ale bar providing everyone with samples of my refreshing locally brewed beer and drinks over the weekend.

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Blog / July 2012 /

Crisp Malting Group Barley walk

On July 12th I was invited to join the Crisp Malting Group Barley walk. The day was a great opportunity to look at this years crop, learn more about different varieties and learn about the introduction and development of the breeders role in developing new varieties and the trialling process.

As well as a lovely day walking in the North Norfolk countryside I learnt that a new variety has to be no more than 50% of the parent, and it takes 10 years from crossing the barley until bringing it to market. Winter barley is used for feed and malting/brewing, the 6 row for feed and the 2 row for malting and brewing, spring barley is all 2 row.

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This years Maris Otter is thankfully looking much improved to this time last year! Harvest is due to begin in a couple of weeks and 2012 promises a good yield for farmers, maltsters and brewers. Thank you Crisp Maltings for and very informative and enjoyable day.

Blog / July 2012 /

New printed mini casks arriving at The Old Store

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We had our first delivery of our new printed mini casks this week ready for filling at the end of week. We've had some Bitter Old Bustard and Norfolk Kiwi labels printed for the tops of the casks to distinguish between beers.

The casks will be available in selected retail outlets by the end of the month.

Blog / June 2012 /

New fermenter at The Old Store

On 20th June, we received our new fermenter. This is our second fermenter which will help us double our weekly brewing capacity. The fermenter is awaiting installation.

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Blog / June 2012 /

Norwich City of Ale

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On Saturday 2nd June, I spent the day at the Norwich City of Ale, Brewers market at the forum. It was a successful day, and we managed to sell out of 'Norfolk Kiwi' 5L mini casks.

Blog / May 2012 /

A brew

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Find out more info and tasting notes on my beers, Norfolk Kiwi, Bitter Old Bustard and Knot Just Another IPA.

read more about my beer Norfolk Kiwi Bitter Old Bustard Knot Just Another IPA