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The colonel

Friday 27th September and time for our latest Norfolk Broads Brewing Collaboration Ale.
This time joining Lesley (George – Humpty Dumpty Brewery) is Sue Hayward of Team Toxic

The special brew going into the pot today is a Kentucky Common style Ale – a light golden ale made with the usual ingredients PLUS an uncommon amount of maize and plenty of American hops. This beer originates from the American south, predominantly Kentucky, and date (in style) to before the prohibition. Not commonly brewed in the modern age this is one worth trying whilst its around. You will be able to find it at this years Norwich Beer Festival and from mid October until stock is gone in pubs across Norfolk and Norwich.

City Of Ale

Thursday 24th May – Sunday 3rd June is Norwich City of Ale and
Humpty Dumpty will, of course, be involved across the whole festival with special beers and special events.


First up we have our charity beer of the festival – Dawn Break, there is more about this and a gallery HERE


Then we have City Hoppers. Each one is the same beer BUT with a twist – each cask has been dry hopped with a different hop and individually numbered – how many will you find and taste?


Then there are the events, listed here are the ones we are directly involved with…..

Thursday 24th May 20:00 – close
City of Ale Official Launch Party @ The Black Horse
Try our special Charity Beer – “Dawn Break”

Thursday 24th – Monday 28th May 12:00 – 22:00
Humpty Dumpty Tap Takeover @ The Woolpack Yard
5 Humpty ales available all weekend until they are gone!

Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd June 18:00 – 23:45
Fem.Ale Festival @ The Plasterers Arms
Featuring Norfolk Broads Brewing collaboration “Dawn Break”

Friday 25th May 17:00 – 18:00
Why do Guitars taste like Hops? @ The Walnut Tree Shades
Beer Writer Pete Brown pairing top tunes to beer 

Friday 25th May 19:00 – 23:00
Beer & Butcher Supper Club @ The Georgian Townhouse
Food & beer pairing event featuring Humpty Dumpty ales

Saturday 26th May 12:00 – 13:00
5 Moods of Beer with Adrian Tierney-Jones @ The Rose Inn
Tutored beer tasting with the award winning author & journalist

Monday 28th May 17:00 – 22:00
17:00 – 22:00 Accoustic Country Folk & Beer Tasting with Humpty Dumpty @ The Walnut Tree Shades
20:00 – 22:00 Extra Special Quiz and Beer Tasting with Humpty Dumpty Brewery @ The Walnut Tree Shades
Beer. music, quiz!

Monday 28th May 14:00 – 18:00
Meet the Breweries Garden Picnic @ The Coach & Horses (Bethel)
Garden games, picnic food, local real ales and ciders

There will, of course be much more than this going on. You can find out about everything to do with Norwich – City of Ale via their website HERE


Dawn Break

Tuesday 1st May 2018 and time for the second Norfolk Broads Brewing Collaboration Ale.
This time joining Lesley (George – Humpty Dumpty Brewery) is Dawn Hopkins of the Rose Inn Norwich.

The special brew going into the pot today is Dawn Break – a dark golden California Common beer made with lager yeast and lashings of American hops. This is going to be a charity beer raising funds (20p in the pint) for “Break” the chosen charity of this years Norwich – City of Ale Festival.

Rail Ale Pub Walk – Cantley to Reedham

Rail Ale Pub Walk – Cantley to Reedham
Saturday 24th March 2018

Humpty Dumpty Brewery is celebrating English Tourism Week (17th – 25th March 2018) in Norfolk with the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership by hosting a free guided walk on Saturday 24th March 2018 from Cantley to Reedham.

The walk will begin at the Reedcutter Inn, Cantley, at around 12:45pm.   The pub is a 3-minute walk away from Cantley station.  The walk is approximately 3 miles long or roughly one hour to Reedham Ferry Inn by the River Yare. From there, it is an approximately 15-minute walk to Reedham station.   Starting at this time from Cantley gives those participating time to travel & meet up by train from Norwich, Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth. 

Both Cantley and Reedham are picturesque villages located on the banks of the River Yare on the area of the Norfolk Broads known as the South Rivers.   The river and the railway line are the reason the villages exist and have become what they are today.   First, the river allowed supplies & goods to be moved around via the famous Wherries, built and operating since the 1600’s.  Leisure activities were established – fishing, sailing.  Then came the railway – the line between Yarmouth to Norwich was the first railway line in Norfolk, built almost 175 years ago.  The line to Lowestoft is unique in having 2 working swingbridges (built in the early 1900’s), giving access across the river Yare.  Both industry and tourism flourished in the area.

There have been public houses at both the Reedcutter, Cantley and Reedham Ferry sites since the late 18th century, and you will learn more about the history of the pubs and the area during the walk.  The walk with pass along a public footpath on the northern river bank* of the River Yare, mirroring a stretch of the famous Wherryman’s Way footpath on the other side of the river

*if weather conditions or footpath closures make this difficult, we may divert along quiet country lanes 

To join the free event, please catch the 11:36 service to Cantley if you are travelling from Norwich to arrive at 11:52. If you are travelling from Lowestoft, please catch the 11:48 service to arrive at Cantley at 12:16. If you are travelling from Great Yarmouth, please catch the 11:17 service and change at Brundall to catch the 11:46 service which arrives in Cantley at 11:52. At the end of the walk, there are several hourly services that depart from Reedham station.

Lesley George, Partner and Business Manager at Humpty Dumpty Brewery, said: “We live in a beautiful part of the county which is well served by trains, walks and pubs.  We thought this was a good opportunity to make the most of our lovely countryside and views, from the trains and footpaths, as well as enjoy the hospitality from 2 of our local pubs, including local ales!”.  

This is a family-friendly activity and dogs are welcome on a lead at all times.  Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.  Please call Humpty Dumpty Brewery at 01493 701818 to book your place.

20 Year Celebrations




2018 marks 20 years of brewing for Reedham based Humpty Dumpty Brewery.  The brewery was established  in the stables at the back of the Railway Tavern in Reedham,  and has grown to become one of Norfolk’s most well established award winning micro-breweries, supplying a wide range of cask and bottled ales to pubs and other outlets across East Anglia.   Owners Lesley & Stephen George have a team of 10 who work out of the brewery, office & shop premises on Church Road.

The celebrations started early in the new year with a new beer:  BRANCH LINE BITTER – a 3.9% abv light chestnut bitter, brewed with a complex mix of malts for a rich body and English hops for a spicy and fruity aroma.  The first brew sold out in just a few days and is being very well received across the region.

BRANCH LINE BITTER is the 4th in the line-up of permanent ales being offered by Humpty Dumpty.  The 20th anniversary also marks the re-introduction of some “vintage” style pumpclips for these flagship ales, bringing some of the old images back.  Other seasonal, special and anniversary ales will be available alongside the 4 permanent ales throughout the year.



To celebrate the remarkable number of women involved in brewing and the beer industry, Lesley is teaming up with some guest female brewing friends to create some interesting new beers for the 2018 celebrations.  The new Norfolk Broads Brewing* range will showcase beers designed and brewed by female beer ambassadors from across the county – brewers, publicans, experts and enthusiasts.   She said, “Talking with some of them, we felt that this was a good opportunity to further profile the role of all women in beer and brewing, and the “Norfolk Broads Brewing”* parent name lends itself perfectly to the project!”

Cheryl Cade, Director of the Thirst Consultants, helped design and brew the first collaboration beer.  Maid in Norfolk is a 4.5% pale white wheat beer with orange, coriander, ginger and spicy undertones and will initially feature in a special Beer & Food (Fine Dining Experience) on Sunday 18 February as part of the launch of the 2018 Great British Beer Festival Winter (GBBFW) in Norwich (20-24 February 2018).   It will then be available at the Festival and beyond, in cask and bottle.

The next Norfolk Broads Brewing beer is already being planned and will be a charity beer especially designed for the Norwich City of Ale Festival (24 May–3 June 2018) – more information soon!

for more information contact us HERE


A New Beer and a Pumpclips redesign

As of the 22nd January we will be adding a NEW brew to our three flagship and Award winning ales, say hello to…..


A light chestnut bitter, brewed with a complex mix of malts for a rich body and English hops for a spicy and fruity aroma.

As well as the newly designed Branch Line Bitter, our other three flagship beers will be receiving a makeover in the pumpclip design area as we incorporate our vintage images for these into our current pumpclip design.  We look forward to seeing these on your handpulls soon!


A crisp, orange-red ale brewed with rye malt for a dry finish with citrus notes from American hops.
2017 CAMRA Champion Beer of Norfolk, Overall joint Gold Medal and Gold Medal best bitter category
2016 CAMRA Champion Beer of Norfolk, Overall Silver Medal and Gold Medal Best Bitter category
2017 & 2013 CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Norfolk.
2010 CAMRA Champion Beer of Norfolk, Overall winner.


Refreshing pale amber thirst quenching ale with a lively hop finish – an all-round favourite.
2017 Norfolk and Norwich CAMRA Siver Medal Best Bitter Category
2010 Norfolk and Norwich CAMRA Gold Medal Best Bitter


Our best-selling golden session bitter – a delicate hop aroma leads to a light clean tasting pleasant finish.
2013 Norfolk and Norwich CAMRA Gold Medal, Bitter category
2009 CAMRA Champion Bitter of Britain – Bronze


City of Ale 2017

Lots going on throughout the fine city of Norwich for the next couple of weeks and Humpty Dumpty will be participating as usual with events and beer

First up we have……..
Humpty Dumpty Brewery Pop Up Shop @ King Head
Mon 29/05/2017
Start: 12.00 | End: 17.00

Chat with the Humpty Dumpty Team and buy (to take away) a selection of their award winning bottled beers. Tastings available and beer by the pint on the bar!

Then there is………
Humpty Dumpty Brewery Bus Trip @ Kings Head & Humpty Dumpty Brewery
Sun 04/06/2017
Start: 12.00 | End: 17.00

Travel in (old) style to the award winning Humpty Dumpty Brewery in Reedham and tour the brewery, chat with the team, sample a selection of beers.
Price to be confirmed – spaces limited – pop into the Kings Head for more information and to book your place.


And of course, throughout the whole week, you can look for and then try our “City Hoppers” in participating pubs.
Each one is unique with a different dry hop finish added to the cask prior to delivery – How many will you find?

Broads Outdoors – Village Walk.


TEL:01493 701818




Norwich and Norfolk Awards 2017

Picked up a few awards…….
Broadland Sunrise, GOLD in the Best Bitter category and SILVER overall beer category.
Swallowtail, SILVER in the Best Bitter category.
Shaltai Boltai, GOLD in unique bottled beer category and BRONZE overall bottled champion.
Christmas Crack, GOLD in Champion Beer of East Anglia.