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Wildcraft Brewery - FAQ's
Who are we?
We are Wildcraft Brewery! A brewery based in the beautiful Norfolk countryside and known for our unique, quirky and flavoursome craft beer and traditional ales, all of which are vegan and gluten-free. Born out of a love of great beer, foraged ingredients and sustainability.
Currently a team of six - Mike, Mark, Lloyd, Ben, Luke and Amber (plus pooches, Luna & Grace)
What do we do?
We brew beer, of course! Not just any beer - we scour the Norfolk Countryside for the best ingredients possible, keeping our production line small and local. In our six years of brewing we have created a range of over 30 different beers ranging from stouts, porters, fruity IPA’s NEIPA’s, bitters and using fruits such as medlar, blackberries, raspberries, mango and more!
Aside from brewing, we love hosting great events such as open days and festivals, plus providing our mobile bar services for other festivals and events throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.
We also get involved in:
- Tasting days / events
- Craft markets
- Providing local pubs and restaurants with great beer!
- Supplier of other Norfolk produce inc spirits / meat
Your website says your beers are gluten free, how is this possible?
All of our beers are gluten free and yes, but yes, w still use barley and wheat!! Having family with gluten intolerance meant that this was one of the first things on our list to achieve when we set up. You can read more about how we manage it here
Are your beers vegan?
Yes, we ensure that our beers are made with fully vegan ingredients because we want to be as inclusive as possible! Read more here
What do you do about being a sustainable company?
Sustainability is at the core of our ethos. Everything we do at the brewery is focused on becoming more sustainable and its also the reason we moved to our current premises. You can read more about how we achieve sustainability within our business here
How many types of beer do you produce?
We currently produce over 24 beers every year. Some are around all the time, others are seasonal, foraged brews which will appear for a couple of months and then disappear as the ingredients go out of season. You can read more about our beers in the following articles:
Do you sell to trade?
Yes, we have lots of great pubs, clubs, restaraunts and bottle shops that already stock our beers. If you have a venue and are interested in having some Wildcraft get in touch on 01603 278054, email email@example.com or visit our trade page
Where are you based?
We are based on Church Farm in Smallburgh, NR12 9NB
Can we visit the brewery?
Our planning permission states that we are only allowed to operate a click and collect service. Please check the events section of the website to see when we have events running in the grounds that are open to all. UPDATE: We have applied to have the planning changed and are STILL awaiting an answer (supposed to be given by the end of June).
Do you run tours?
Although our planning permission doesn't allow us to run traditional tours, we have come up with a great way for you to explore what we do and how we do it. our 'Field to Fermenter' tour takes you around the farm, with beer in hand, to look at where the barley is grown and also teaches about various plants that we forage and put in our brews. You will end up at the brewery to collect more beers for tasting and enjoy the informative chat from our brewer as he takes you through the various beers.
What pubs stock your beer?
This is always a hard one to answer as so many pubs take out beers on a rotational basis. However, feel free to give us a call to find out where has been delivered to in the previous week, chances are they will be getting the beer on!
Your barley is grown on site, do you malt it as well?
Although the barley we use is grown on site, we are not able to malt it here. However, we have some great maltsters here in Norfolk and its journey is only 45 mins. You can find out more about the malting process here
Do you grow your own hops?
This is something that is in the pipeline, however, they won't substitute the hops we already use. Why? Hops are a bit like grapes, their flavour will change depending on the region in which they are grown and this would then affect the flavour of the beer. So lok out for some special brews in the coming year made with our own hops! In the meantime, you can check out some of the hops we use in our brews here