Author Archive for Real Ale Shop Norfolk

Don’t forget Valentine’s Day!

With the days growing longer, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner once more and what better gift than a case of our Norfolk Real Ales, brewed with Norfolk love and Norfolk barley?

Our classic Traleblazer Case makes a wonderful gift, and we can always include a special note for that special someone! You can also choose from our wide selection of real ales for a more tailored gift!

We hope you all have a wonderful year!

The Real Ale Shop Team

Christmas is coming!

Here at The Real Ale Shop we are ordering in our first supplies of Christmas Real Ales from our Norfolk breweries! We will soon have seasonal ales available from Panther Brewery, Elmtree Beers, Fox Brewery, Wagtail Brewery, and Woodforde’s Brewery. All will be available to buy in the shop, and to order for delivery in our Christmas Cheer Case.

Our Christmas Cheer Case will soon be made available to order from our website and in the shop, and it will be full of Christmas and Winter ales to see you and your friends and family through the festive period! Supply is limited and demand is always great, so keep an eye on our main page in the coming weeks for the Christmas Cheers Case to become available.

Don’t forget Father’s Day! – Sunday 21st June

Father’s Day is fast approaching, so why not treat him to a case of Norfolk Real Ales? Whatever his taste, we have an ale to put a smile on his face! Our Classic Traleblazer Case is full of Norfolk favourites and is available to buy online. Alternatively, you can take a look through our stock list and make up a bespoke selection (min. 6 bottles for mail order) that you know he will love, and phone your order through to The Real Ale Shop on 01328 710 810. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and we can supply you with a quote for any selection that you choose.

In order for orders to arrive before Father’s Day, please place all orders, online or by phone, by 5pm on Tuesday 16th June.

Happy Father’s Day!


Wells Lifeboat Shannon Fundraising Appeal

In support of the RNLI’s fundraising appeal to obtain a brand new state of the art Shannon Class lifeboat for Wells-Next-The-Sea, The Real Ale Shop has teamed up with Wagtail Brewery to bring you The ‘Shout’, a strong, heartwarming ale to return home to! For every bottle of The ‘Shout’ that we sell, we will make a donation to the appeal, running until late in 2015.

This new equipment will undoubtedly help to save countless more lives and we are proud to support such a brave and vital crew – Teddy, founder and owner of The Real Ale Shop is a keen sailor himself. In 2013 alone the Wells Lifeboat Crew rescued 26 people and spent over 870 crew hours at sea.

The ‘Shout’ is available in the shop and on the ales we stock page.

Wells Lifeboat “Shannon Ale”

Press release from Wells Lifeboat:

The Real Ale Shop at Branthill Farm, Wells-next-the-Sea has offered to help the Wells Lifeboat Crew by organising a competition amongst local brewers to brew a beer especially for the New Shannon Lifeboat Appeal. Local brewers Wagtail Brewery, Why Not Brewery, Elmtree Brewery and Panther Brewery have each submitted beers that they hope will be awarded the “Shannon Ale” title by the Wells Lifeboat Crew.

The winning beer will be available for sale at the Real Ale Shop from mid November and £1 from the sale of every bottle will be donated to the appeal.

You are invited to the official judging which will take place at The Real Ale Shop on Thursday 23rd October at 6pm at The Real Ale Shop, Branthill Farm, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1SB.

Wells Lifeboat are due to replace their Mersey class lifeboat with the latest Shannon class in 2016. The new lifeboat will cost in excess of £2M of which £250,000 has to be raised locally over the next 14months. So far over £51,000 has been raised since the appeal started in June this year.

Maris Otter harvest 2014

Harvesting Maris Otter barley at Branthill Farm

Harvesting Maris Otter barley at Branthill Farm

Harvest is in full swing here at Branthill Farm, with the Maris Otter barley looking to be a fine crop this year. It looks like the breweries will have another year’s supply of some of the finest malting barley to brew some of the finest real ales in the coming 12 months!

Don’t forget Father’s Day!

The Real Ale Shop will be open every day until Father’s Day (June 15th), and there is still plenty of time to order your case of real ale for delivery to be delivered before that weekend.

In the shop we have gift packs of 3, 4, 6 and 12 bottles or you can chose your own bespoke selection to personalise your Father’ Day gift to the man himself. Online you can order our Classic Traleblazer Case, or you can call us in the shop on 01328 710 810 to discuss a personalised selection. (Due to packaging constraints and security of your order, we cannot send out orders of less than 6 bottles.)

New to The Real Ale Shop – June 2014

Beeston Brewery
Village Life (4.8% ABV) – JOINT WINNER of our 10th birthday competition. Crafted from toasted malts and buckets of fresh, whole hops, Village Life has a perfect balance of well-hopped bitterness and ‘fresh-baked’ malt character.

Poppyland Brewery
East Coast IPA (7.0% ABV, 660ml bottle) – JOINT WINNER of our 10th birthday competition. A dedication to the beautiful Norfolk coastline, East Coast IPA is a real summer delight, putting Branthill Farm’s premium malt to the test against an ocean of hops!

Norfolk Square Brewery
Black Widow Reserve (12% ABV, 330ml bottle) – A reserve of the 9% Black Widow: a full bodied imperial stout aged in port steeped oak giving loads of coffee, cocoa and subtle Port notes.

Elmtree Beers
Mad Maudie (4.5% ABV) – A straw coloured summer ale with a fresh and tangy combination of hops.

 Hoxne Brewery – Not strictly Norfolk (Suffolk to be exact) but we decided to make an exception for this exciting new brewery using Branthill Farm’s own malted barley. “Life’s too short… to drink cheap beer!”
Heritage (6.0% ABV) – A traditional ‘Old Ale’ with everything that you could expect from this class of ale!
Brakey Wood
(5.6% ABV) – A truly deep and classy India Pale Ale full of hops and vitality.


Congratulations to Beeston Brewery and Poppyland Brewery for winning our 10th Anniversary competition! It was tough decision for the judges with nine fantastic ales from nine premier Norfolk breweries taking part but they finally settled on Beeston’s ‘Village Life‘ and Poppyland’s ‘East Coast IPA‘ as joint winners. Both ales are now available to buy at The Real Ale Shop.

Beeston – Village Life (4.8% ABV) is crafted from toasted malts and buckets of fresh, whole hops, perfectly balanced between well-hopped bitterness and ‘fresh-baked’ malt character.

Poppyland – East Coast IPA (7.0% ABV) is a dedication to the beautiful Norfolk coastline and is a real summer delight, putting Branthill Farm’s premium malt to the test against an ocean of hops!

We would also like to thank everyone who came and celebrated our tenth birthday with us here at The Real Ale Shop over the last weekend of May, and all the brewers who entered our competition.

The Real Ale Shop 10th Birthday tastings


The Real Ale Shop’s 10th Birthday

Come and Celebrate!

2014 is a big year for us here at The Real Ale Shop. This is our 10th birthday; that’s ten years of us selling some of the finest real ales from Norfolk breweries who use the premium malted barley that is grown right here on Branthill Farm. To celebrate, we are giving away 100 bottles of Norfolk Real Ale over the weekend of May 31st – June 1st on the house!

The first 100 customers who arrive over the weekend in a car registered before 1975 will be receive a free bottle of Real Norfolk Ale* and all because Teddy loves his classic cars.

10th Anniversary: The Best of Branthill Barley
We are also holding a competition for the breweries that we stock to brew us a 10th Anniversary Ale that will show off the best traits that Branthill Malted Barley has to offer. Over the very same weekend we will be announcing and launching the champion ale from the competition. We wish the very best of luck to all of our breweries.

We look forward to seeing you there!

* offer only eligible to over 18s. One 500ml bottle per classic car. Offer restricted to May 31st – June 1st: shop opening hours apply.