Brancaster Brewery is a 5 barrel brewery producing small batches of high quality real ale using top quality local ingredients. It takes its name from our village Brancaster Staithe, which is steeped in brewing history. Located in the heart of prime barley growing terroir, records show brewing here dates back to Roman times. So great was the demand for barley from this area that reputedly the country's largest Malthouse was built in Brancaster Staithe in 1797, just across the road from The Jolly Sailors pub. Ironically the Malthouse was built using bricks salvaged from the nearby Roman fort!
While the Malthouse no longer stands, Brancaster Brewery is keeping a brewing tradition alive in north Norfolk by producing quality ales from the finest regional produce.
Ales are brewed with Teddy Maufe's world class malted Maris Otter barley grown at Branthill Farm, Wells-next-the-Sea.
You can buy a pint of our ale here at The Jolly Sailors or take a box of bottles home with you. Also available at all other ACI establishments in Norfolk - The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe and The Kings Head, Letheringsett and Hertfordshire - The Fox, Willian, The Lytton Arms, Knebworth and The Cricketers, Weston.
All labels feature original artwork by Norfolk artist Ken Tidd.
A refreshing Pale Ale packed with ripe citrus fruit, big bold aromas with a crisp hoppy finish. 'Lucky Lobster is up for everything! Rolling the dice, taking on the world with a plucky csrefree attitude and always coming out on top', this was the inspiration behind creating this craft ale.
Only available on draught at our establishments.
Is a bottle conditioned ale and a refreshing session pale ale with a touch of citrus on the finish. Produced from the finest local ingredients and blended with Pilot hops from Suffolk.
Takes its name from a local bird, also known in the area as 'Sea Pie'. It is a bottle conditioned ale and is a sunshine golden ale, refreshing and moreish. Best drunk watching the sun go down over the marshes at Brancaster Staithe.
SS Vina is the shipwreck seen on Brancaster beach at low tide. Once a vessel in the merchant navy, it was towed up to the North Norfolk coast to provide target practice for the RAF before sinking in 1944. Having beached itself just off Scolt Head Island, where it remains today despite numerous attempts to remove it. Over the years the 'wreck' has become an iconic landmark for all visiting the coast.The Wreck SS Vina is full bodied with flavours of sweet coffee and malt, with an aromatic finish from the Boadicea hops.
A strong stout with nutty undertones and a taste of rum. The dark colour being provided by the malts in the recipe, pure nectar
The stout gets its name from a 'Smuggler' who distributed his contraband along the Norfolk coast - William Hotching RSE - Rum Smuggler Extroardinaire!
This bottle conditional bitter ale is full of flavour on the taste perfectly and balanced using British hops, pine, orange and cedar, emulating the character of the Norfolk coastal fringes. It was brewed in celebration of Nelson's Shantymen's 10th Anniversary in 2020. See their website https://nelsons-shantymen.co.uk
Is named after the great Malthouse built in 1797 in Brancaster Staithe reputedly the country's largest Malthouse at that time (no longer standing). It is a bottle conditioned mid amber ale malty character with a distinct bitterness on the finish.