Breweries from across East Anglia will be taking centre stage at the Great British Beer Festival Winter 2018, taking place from the 20-24 February in Norwich.

The local breweries will showcase a range of their finest beers to festival attendees and will include:

  • Lacons Brewery – a multi-award winning brewery based in Great Yarmouth that can trace its history back to 1760. Their flagship beer “Encore” is considered one of Roger Protz’s ‘ten of the best’ according to the latest edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.
  • Norfolk Brewhouse and H Banham Ltd – these two brewers will jointly run the Maris Otter Bar, giving visitors the chance to learn more about what makes Norfolk malt, its growers, maltsters and brewers so very special.
  • Moonshine Brewery – a Cambridge-based brewery whose Chocolate Orange Stout has been a three-times finalist in the “Speciality Beers Category” at the Great British Beer Festival. Their beers are hand-brewed and characterised by their clean, fresh taste. They will be showcasing a few of their special, one-off beers at the upcoming festival.

Other special beers of note at the festival include will include keg beers La Pirata ‘Lupulus’ (3 per cent, Spain), Prairie Artisan ‘Birthday Bomb!’ (13 per centdouble imperial stout, USA), Warpigs ‘Thirstin’ More’ (7 per cent, Denmark), and bottled beers, such as Nonge ‘Kriek of Telemark’ and ‘Dark and Stormy’ (Norway) and La Pirata ‘Panoptic’ (8.5 per cent, Spain).

Great British Beer Festival Winter organiser Martin Ward said said: “I am delighted that we will be able to display such excellent breweries at the Great British Beer Festival Winter. East Anglia is home to some of the finest breweries and beers in the country, and it is wonderful that we can shine a spotlight on these fantastic brewers from the area.”

Local brewers will also be sponsoring a Beer & Food (Fine Dining Experience), as part of the launch of the Great British Beer Festival Winter. CAMRA, in association with the 4-star Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, will be holding a Beer & Food Dining Experience on Sunday 18 February, at 7.30pm. Guests will be treated to a three-course dinner, matched with seven local beers. The confirmed sponsoring breweries are: Ampersand Brewery, Allday Brewing, Elmtree, Boudicca, Humpty Dumpty, Beeston and Panther.

The Great British Beer Festival Winter is taking place from the 20th – 24th February, with special events taking place in pubs as part of the fringe throughout the entire month, including the Beer & Food event. More information can be found online ( Tickets can be purchased online (, and will also be available at the door. More information about our Brewery Bars can be found here:

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