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Guild seminar: Malt – Past, Present and Future

  • 24th May, 2019
  • 8:45 am - 4:30 pm


Norfolk, Friday 24th May 2019

Provisional Times: 8.45 am start, Norwich station.  4.30 pm finish, Norwich venue. (Note: it will be possible to join the event for lunch and afternoon sessions)

Head to Norfolk, the barley heartland of Britain, to find out why great malt sits at the heart of every good beer.

The Guild and Brewery History Society are heading to Norwich’s City of Ale Festival for an in-depth seminar on beer’s main ingredient.

The day involves a trip to the Maris Otter mother field, a secret plot in the wilds of North Norfolk; a chance to turn the sprouting grain on Crisp’s traditional floor maltings; and the opportunity to see the brand new speciality malting facility, the first of its kind in Britain.

Then head back to Norwich where the eminent Dr Neil Faulkner (Time Team, Timewatch) will give a talk on excavating the oldest known malthouse in Britain, dating to around AD 800 – and what it indicates about brewing practices at the time. Colin Johnston from Crisp will lead us through a present-day malt, wort and beer tasting. Other distinguished speakers will talk about the development of new barley varieties and what’s in store for the future.

Exact timings and more details on speakers will be released soon.

Tickets, regardless of whether you come for just the morning, just the afternoon or the whole day including lunch: £15, to help cover costs.

With limited spaces, to reserve your spot, please email

The seminar is part of Norwich’s City of Ale. The organisers are kindly inviting delegates to join the launch party the day before, Thursday 23 May. It will be opened by Roger Protz. Please contact to reserve your place at the launch party.