Something new for Great Yarmouth’s Beer and Cider Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 April 2011

Jenny Nicholls of Northcote Brewery.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Jenny Nicholls of Northcote Brewery.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


A NEW brewer will be bringing some sunshine to next week’s Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival.

Norwich based Northcote Brewery will have its range of three beers available at the festival from Thursday to Sunday.

Hosted at the Courtyard, Main Cross Road, the region’s best micro-breweries will be represented at the festival. Now in its fifth year, the real ale extravaganza is organised by Yarmouth’s award-winning Blackfriars Brewery.

Northcote produced its first pints last year just in time for October’s Norwich Beer Festival.

The brains behind the brewery are husband and wife team Adam and Jenny Nicholls. The name is taken from the Norwich street where the couple live.

Adam is a project manager for Yarmouth based marine services company Gardline and geo-physicist Jenny is a former employee of the company. Jenny swapped carrying out seismic survey’s across the world to pursue her dream of running a commercial brewery.

The three Northcote beers available at the festival are Cow Tower a light hoppy ale, Golden Spire and Jiggle Juice, a sunshiny beer with a tropical hint of mango.

She said: “I have always been interested in food and drink and in Norfolk there are lot of small breweries and real ale pubs.

“I used to work offshore, but wanted to spend more time at home and liked the idea of working for myself.

“There is a certain amount of physics to the brewing process, but it is more of an art than a science.”

“Adam works next door to Blackfriars Brewery and we are really looking forward to being at the festival. More females are getting involved in brewing, but still only about 30 of the 730 micro-breweries in Britain are run by women.”

All beers will be £2.50 a pint and £2 on Sunday, when drinkers can bring containers to take home a selection of their favourite brews.

Main Cross Road is only yards from the seafront, and opposite the south end of the Pleasure Beach.

The Mercury is the proud media sponsor of the Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival and discounted tickets are available in advance to readers.

Tickets can be collected from the brewery before the festival or on the door.

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