In response to my blog post Mine’s a pint – GF Draught beers , I received an email from Nene Valley Brewery (NVB) letting me know that they will have gluten free beers at the National Winter Beer Festival in Norwich towards the end of Feb.
The National Winter Beer Festival, run by CAMRA, is being held in the iconic venue known as The Halls from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th February 2017. The Halls is also home to the Norwich Beer Festival each October.
At the Winter Beer Fest, NVB will have their Egyptian Cream Milk Stout, which has been getting great reviews from stout and non-stout drinkers alike. They will also have a special juniper rye beer requested to be brewed by Banhams – this will be on the Maris Otter Beer bar. Both of these are gluten free.
The Egyptian Cream Milk Stout, 4.5%, is described on the NVB website as having “a velvety mouthfeel and a deep, full richness created with a range of malts and flaked oats with a little extra lactose sweetness. The beer the pharoahs wish they had invented”. Unfortunately not suitable for those with lactose-intolerance or who are dairy free, but suitable for Coeliacs and those on a gluten free diet.I’m hoping to get along and sample the juniper rye beer (and will get a friend to taste the Milk Stout for me) and will report back if I do.
The brewery also told me that their beers can be found in Gonzo’s, The Plasterers and The Duke of Wellington in Norwich. Handy to know!
A little about the brewery:
Nene Valley Brewery brew most of their beers gluten free, having them regularly tested by accredited labs to ensure they have less than 20ppm of gluten. NVB pride themselves on not being a gluten free brewery, but one that “make great beers that happen nowadays to be gluten free”. The brewery have found that removing the gluten improves the storage and clarity, whilst not losing anything from the taste or body of the beer – a win, win for us gluten free beer lovers and the brewery alike.The beers are brewed in the same way the brewery always did before, but at the last stage of production the gluten is removed by adding a tiny amount of enzyme. It means that more people can enjoy the beer the brewery produces – happy days!
I am also reliably informed that the brewery has an award-winning restaurant and bar, the Tap and Kitchen
, which is also said to be worth a visit if you are ever in Oundle.