Branthill Farm Micro-brewery
Posted 24/10/2016 : By: Madeleine Mitchell
Branthill farm is a tenanted farm on the Holkham Hall estate, growing wheat, malting barley and sugar beet. 10 years ago the farm diversified and set up a real ale shop, selling bottled and mini-cask beer from local brewers. Seven years later, and with the assistance of a grant from LEADER, the farm set up a micro-maltings to demonstrate on a small scale, how brewing malt was produced from barley. The shop and maltings has been a success with customers, and to pull the whole story together, the next step is to set up their own microbrewery in a redundant barn close by the shop.
The initial aim will be to produce three ales, plus some seasonal specials, primarily produced in bottles with some limited cask production. About half the production will be sold in their own ale shop with the remainder marketed locally through farm shops and some pubs. The brewery will be using barley grown on the farm and malted locally.
This farm diversification project will bring the next generation into the business, as the experience of both sons will be used in the marketing of the product to London outlets, such as high-end restaurants, bars and off-licences.
Find out more here: http://www.therealaleshop.co.uk/.
"The LEADER grant scheme was really helpful in making it possible to open a new Craft Brewery on the farm. It enabled us to purchase a larger brewing plant than would have been possible without it, and thus become profitable sooner. Since the brewery opened in the summer the production has been steadily ramped up to meet demand.
We had a good business plan with the USP of this being the first Craft Brewery in Norfolk where the beer is brewed on the farm and the main source of malt is from the farm itself. Malt Coast Brewery is now taking its Norfolk Roots story to London to take advantage of the Craft Beer boom enveloping the Capital where provenance is becoming so highly regarded.
So the Leader scheme has helped our business and added to Norfolk’s brewing reputation, being the County where some of the finest malting barley in the world is grown." - Teddy Maufe, Branthill Farm