Norfolk best beers of 2021 revealed

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A beer from a Besthorpe brewery is the best in Norfolk, according to the local CAMRA branch.

Norwich and District Campaign for Real Ale has revealed its top tipples of 2021, with Wolf Brewery's red ale Mad Wolf coming out on top.

The Champions Cask Ale of Norfolk 2021 was described by judges as having a "well-rounded malty foundation with chocolate and chestnut support. A bittersweet hoppiness provides depth and balance. Full bodied and lasting".

Wolf Brewery beat off competition from Norwich-based Mr Winter's Brewery, which came in second with Fusioneer, and Lignum Vitae from the Grain Brewery of Alburgh.

All in, 11 different Norfolk breweries are represented in the awards.


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Alan Edwards, chair of the Norfolk Taste Panel, which judged the winners, said: "We have appreciated the efforts made by brewers and publicans to ensure the availability of Real Ale, even when the pubs have been closed.

"The members of the panel have taken every opportunity to taste the many wonderful brews available to the Norfolk drinker.

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"CAMRA recently reviewed and revised both the guidelines to beer styles and the actual judging cards used by the panel.

"This has enabled the beers to be judged against, and where appropriate repositioned into, both traditional and modern styles of brewing. This has given a much better fit for many of the beers as well as recognising the new adventurous brews now available."

Full results

Overall Beer Brewery

WINNER Mad Wolf, Wolf Besthorpe

RUNNER UP Fusioneer, Mr Winter’s Norwich

3rd Lignum Vitae, Grain Alburgh

Mild Ales

WINNER Fusioneer, Mr Winter’s Norwich

Session Bitters

WINNER = Table Bitter, Golden Triangle Norwich

WINNER = Wensum Ale, St Andrews Brewhouse Norwich

3rd Norwich Bitter, Fat Cat Norwich

Premium Bitters

WINNER Nelsons, Woodfordes Woodbastwick

Session Pale Blonde and Golden Ales

WINNER Evolution, Mr Winter’s Norwich

RUNNER UP Golden Jackal, Wolf Besthorpe

3rd Lupus Lupus, Wolf Besthorpe

Premium Pale Blonde and Golden Ales

WINNER Legacy, Lacons Gt Yarmouth

RUNNER UP White Face, Moon Gazer Hindringham

Red Ales, Brown Ales, Old Ales & Strong Milds

WINNER Mad Wolf, Wolf Besthorpe

Session Stouts & Porters

WINNER Vanilla Latte, Mr Winter’s Norwich

RUNNER UP Tombland Porter, St Andrews Norwich

3rd Black Anna, Chalk Hill Norwich

Strong Stouts & Porters

WINNER Dark Horse Stout, Elmtree Snetterton

Barley Wines & Strong Ales

WINNER Lignum Vitae, Grain Alburgh

Speciality Beers

WINNER Honey Ale, Fat Cat Norwich

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