Welcome to the first day of the Fakenham Virtual Gin & Beer Festival. As we couldn’t run the real thing back in March we thought we would try a virtual gin and beer festival. Our real festival would normally raise money for the Fakenham Community Centre, but as there isn’t really a practical way of doing this we decided to do something to support our sponsors, brewers and pubs. Over the next 11 days there will be 2 posts a day where we will feature a sponsor and link to a beer, cider or gin. There will also be other treats, including giveaways. We have had to go for bottled beer as cask beer isn’t really practical for us to show, for you to buy or for us to give away. See bottom for a list of beer and where you might get them.
Our launch sponsor for the virtual Gin & Beer Festival is our main sponsor, Crisp Malt. Crisp’s produce malt used in many of the beers we are featuring on this virtual festival, and many from festivals of the past. As well as being used to brew local beer, Crisp’s send malt all over the world, for microbrewers, right up to international beer brands. Malt is mainly made from barley and Fakenham is in the heart of the barley growing area, producing some of the best, so that is something for us to be proud of round here. Their main maltings is at Great Ryburgh, with other maltings at Ditchingham, near Bungay, Mistley in Essex, and Port Gordon and Alloa in Scotland. Besides these UK ones they have maltings in Germany and Poland. Crisp’s have been producing malt for 150 years and to see what Crisp Malt is all about have a look at their video https://youtu.be/2TTpvtZE3Hc
The beer for today is Barsham Brewery’s Pilgrim’s Pale Ale: a light refreshing 4.0% pale ale, brewed in collaboration with the shrine at Walsingham and is made with Pilgrim hops. It’s guaranteed to quench the thirsts of pilgrims, ancient or modern. Recently the brewery won 8 stars at the Great Taste Awards, with Pilgrim’s Pale Ale being one of the award winners. Being part of the West Barsham Estate, they are able to grow their own barley, which is malted at Crisps and comes back to them for brewing. Along with water from their own bore hole it is very much a local beer. They have an open door every Friday afternoon to buy beer in bottles, polypins or firkins and are starting to do home delivery within 30 miles of the brewery. You can usually find their beer in the Barsham Arms, Brisley Bell or Burnham Market Hoste Arms. Cheers.