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Christmas drinks for Norfolk Magazine.

Christmas drinks for Norfolk Magazine. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Raise a glass with some of Norfolk’s favourite winter warmers grown, blended or brewed here in our beautiful county. Whether you are celebrating with friends or just getting cosy by the fireside, there is plenty on offer for the festive season, reports Judith Palmer

Humpty Dumpty Brewery, Reedham

Established in 1998, Humpty Dumpty Brewery brews up a wide range of award-winning ales, including festive beers Christmas Crack (7.0pc strong brown ale) and Christmas Crackling (4.5pc full-bodied amber ale). Both are available throughout East Anglia and via the brewery and on-site shop at Church Road, Reedham,

NR13 3TZ;

Panther Brewery, Reepham

Martin James turned his hobby into a business in December 2010 when he established Panther Brewery, which is keen to support Norfolk’s suppliers and source ingredients locally. Its Festive Panther (4.5pc dark ale) is brewed with mulled spice to give it a warm and festive taste. Available at the brewery, Collers Way, Reepham, NR10 4SW;

Woodforde’s Brewery, Salhouse

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Now in its 30th year of brewing, Woodforde’s uses an ancient water source from beneath its Woodbastwick base. Brewed especially for the festive season, Tinsel Toes (4.4pc ruby ale) is smooth and well-balanced, with hints of spice, malt, fruit and hops. It is available in 500ml bottles, 18 and 36 pint beerboxes. Broadland Brewery, Woodbastwick, NR13 6SW;

Adnams, Southwold

Adnams is famous as a producer of top quality beer and hand-crafted spirits, which are made in the Copper House distillery. Burnished gold in colour, its Winter Spiced Liqueur (28pc abv) is exotic and warming with notes of cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and pepper grains. Sole Bay Brewery, Southwold, IP18 6JW;

Grain Brewery, Harleston

Grain was created in 2006 by Geoff Wright and Phil Halls, and its Winter Ash is Grain’s take on a Belgian dark beer, brewed with local malt but also Belgian candy to give it a caramel richness, perfect to warm the cockles on a cold winter night. Cottage Freehouse, Silver Road, Norwich, NR3 4TB;

Humbleyard English Wine, Mulbarton

First planted in 2010 and now growing nine varieties of grape, Humbleyard is branching out this winter with a new beverage, High Spirit Number One (30pc abv). It is made from its own rosé wine triple distilled, and has mellow notes of berries, caramel and spice. Paddock Farm Shop, Mulbarton, NR14 8JT;

Lacons, Great Yarmouth

With a rich history dating back to 1760, the Lacons name and ales are synonymous with brewing in East Anglia and beyond. Its festive ale St Nick’s (4.2pc dark ale) has a malty depth and will be blessed by the Rev Canon Christopher Terry before being delivered to many pubs around the county throughout December. The Falcon Brewery, Main Cross Road, Yarmouth, NR30 3NZ;

Norfolk Cordial, Matlaske

Started five years ago by John McFarlane, Norfolk Cordial makes premium pure fruit syrups which, when diluted, create low sugar, non-alcoholic drinks. All three of its winter bestsellers (Rhubarb, Orange and Ginger, Blackberry or Raspberry) are delicious on their own or used as a mixer for a spirit, dropped in bubbly, or even drizzled over a cheesecake;


Trained tea-master Mark Richmond has worked in the tea industry for 20 years and brings his passion and knowledge to Nelson and Norfolk. Its Christmas spiced tea, Christmas Red Bush and Chrismtas Green tea are all intensely aromatic with the tempting scents of christmas.

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