Meet our Champion for Brew Norfolk
Published: Wednesday 18th Oct 2017
Written by: Norfolk Champion
Co-founder of Malt Coast Brewery at Branthill Farm, Wells-next-the-Sea.
Malt Coast is a new craft brewery on the North Norfolk Coast that uses our farms award winning malting barley to create balanced high quality beers with provenance.
Explain the story behind your business…
My brother Max and I grew up on the family farm on the North Norfolk Coast. However, we moved to London after university for jobs and while living there have witnessed the incredible boom in craft beer. Knowing our farm grows some of the very best malting barley for beer, coupled with the fact that there are many fantastic traditional Real Ale breweries in Norfolk but very few contemporary craft breweries, we decided to come back and start Malt Coast. We use our award winning Maris Otter as our base malt and all our beers are unfiltered and unpasteurised for a fuller better taste. The idea is to brew high quality craft beer reflecting the place it comes from - beautiful beer from a beautiful place.
Imagine you are speaking to someone who has never been to Norfolk. How would you sum up Norfolk in one sentence?
Wild empty beaches, atmospheric marshes, flint villages, historic churches, warm & eccentric people and fantastic local produce.
Norfolk has a 93-mile coastline. Which is your favourite beach and what is so special about it?
The north shore of Scolt Head Island. There is something special about knowing you’re on a small island surrounded by water. The beach is wild, empty and long. You can catch a ferry from Burnham Overy Staithe to the Island and then walk to find your own private expanse of beach.
Where are we most likely to find you enjoying a meal with friends and family?
I love the Wiveton Cafe. If the weather is good nothing beats sitting outside with the view down over the marshes to the sea beyond. The quirky cafe cooks with fresh local ingredients as well as being surrounded by pick your own strawberry and raspberry fields.
What’s your favourite Norfolk tipple and why?
Nelsons Blood. It’s a spiced rum based drink made in honour of local naval hero Lord Nelson. Legend has it that Nelsons body was kept in a rum barrel during the return voyage from the battle of Trafalgar and the sailors drunk from the barrel in his honour. The rum is a perfect way to warm a winter night. It can be purchased online or found in selected local outlets.
Norfolk is rich in wildlife and birdlife - do you have a favourite? If so, when and where are we most likely to spot it? Any tips?
Living on a farm that also grows sugar beet I’m privileged to have a front row seat of the Pink-Footed Goose. These geese return in their thousands to North Norfolk during winter from their breeding grounds in Iceland and Eastern Greenland. They fly in massive formations between the marshes and sugar beet fields to feed and are a spectacular spectacle in the winter sky.