Discover our all new ESB – Exceptional Sheringham Bitter

Well, 2 years after Ian, Ralph and the guys from the Sheringham Horticultural Society first planted Sheringham’s very own ‘hop farm’ the wait is nearly over for a truly North Norfolk ale.

This will be a very limited-edition brew – just 38 casks of beer. It will be a fun day brewing as the hops will be picked in Sheringham and then within the hour be at the brewery and in the kettle to make the brew – now you can’t get much fresher than that. ( Reminds me of the old Birds Eye pea advert!)

The result should be a beer bursting with fresh flavours and showing the hops at their absolute maximum.

Just by way of a quick reminder as keen horticulturalists the Sheringham guys responded brilliantly to my rallying cry during a meet the brewer session to see if they could combine their hobby and a passion with bringing the community together and celebrating with a local ale.

They planted traditional British varieties of Goldings, Fuggles, Challenger and Cascade.

All have fared well despite the driest summer we can remember for ages – but the Fuggles in particular which is great, as that is such a fantastic and now oft overlooked hop. Those of you who remember our Adnams resurrection ale of ESB will recall what a sublime brew the hop can make.

The Adnams beer was called ESB – Extra Special Bitter, so I guess our new beer will be an ESB as well only this time it will be an Exceptional Sheringham Bitter and will be a combo of all 4 hops.

We will of course be using locally grown Maris Otter malt for the malt with a sprinkling of Crystal to give a light amber coloured bitter, but we will be looking for most of the flavour from the hops.

Norfolk water from the brewery’s well, Norfolk malt and home-grown Norfolk hops – this truly is to be a taste of North Norfolk.

Arriving in pubs from 26th September folks.