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One Million Pints of Humpty

Millionth Pint Presentation

Upper left, landlord Mick Lee receives the delivery of the firkin containing the millionth pint from our drayman Jason Clark.  Upper right, Caron and Mick Lee with Stephen and Jimmy from the brewery. Lower left, Mick pulls the millionth pint.  Lower right, Lara Bolen raising a toast with the lucky pint.

We are pleased to announce that the one millionth pint of Humpty Dumpty Brewery ale was sold last night at the Blue Lion in North Pickenham, Norfolk.  Lucky customer Lara Bolen ordered the pint of Reedcutter about 9PM from landlord Mick Lee and was greeted by Lesley, Stephen and Jimmy from the brewery.  Lara received a “Brewer’s Selection” mixed case of Humpty Dumpty beers and a rugby shirt for buying the millionth pint.  She said that she was a fan of our beers and was delighted to win the prize, which included a bottle of her favourite, Bad Egg.
We worked out the millionth pint on the basis of our duty records going back to the start of our current partnership operation in September 2006.  We’ve had a countdown in the brewery for the past few weeks and finally reached the milestone early last week when Mick ordered the designated firkin of Reedcutter. Although the Blue Lion’s buying our millionth pint was completely by chance, Mick pointed out that he has been one of our oldest and most regular customers.  He checked his records and found that he had our 57th invoice back in late 2006 and had ordered a firkin of Reedcutter on that occasion as well.
We were delighted to spend the evening participating in the pub quiz in the friendly company of Mick and Caron and the customers at the Blue Lion, and we’re very pleased that the millionth pint went to Lara.

Champion Beer of Norfolk 2010

We had a great bit of news from Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA last night.  Our Broadland Sunrise (4.2%) was voted Champion Beer of Norfolk 2010!  We are very partial to this beer, which is brewed with a combination of pale and crystal rye to liven it up and give it its sunrise-orange hue.  The judges pronounced it “Beautifully smooth with a swirling malt, hop, and fruit aroma.”
We’ve recently adopted this pumpclip for our new brewery and van livery and so are delighted for this enthusiastic recognition from the folks at CAMRA.
In addition to being named overall Champion, Broadland Sunrise was voted best Best Bitter.  Our Railway Sleeper (5.0%) was voted best Strong Bitter and Norfolk Nectar (4.6%), our beer brewed with local honey from Reedham, was voted best Speciality Beer.  What a great and unexpected set of honours for our efforts.  We are very chuffed.
Broadland SunriserailwayNorfolk Nectar
We also congratulate our colleagues at Grain, Wolf, Chalk Hill, Elmtree and Norfolk Square breweries for their success in the other judging categories. This really demonstrates the quality that Norfolk’s microbreweries are delivering today.  If you have a choice, give us a look in.  If you don’t, ask your landlord for one – it’s time we do away with the beer tie and give consumers what they want at a price that’s fair to the publican.
Now, we’d better get brewing!

New Build Project

Work is finally underway on our empty outbuildings, if all goes to plan we should be moving into the new offices and shop in time for the shop re-opening for Easter.
Here’s the first batch of photos, shop ceiling nearly finished, most of the windows fitted and other work progressing well.

I’ll update as we move along with the project.

A week on and most of the rooms now have ceilings and door holes (yes I do mean holes – they have been cut through and now await frames), seems to be a delivery of some type of building product everyday.

The Builders (Keith and Fred of Reedham building company) are hard at it today. Roof insulation is in and Dry lining is going up throughout the build ready for plastering.

Plastering well underway and the outside cladding started, starting to look like a real building – expecting the flooring to be delivered today.