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20th May 2018

Events listings for City of Ale 2018

There’s still a chance to come along to City of Ale which has been setting the bar since 2011.  It is about to launch its 8th 10-day festival, jam-packed with events and amazing beers from all over the region, taking place in 48 pubs. You will find some new beers to taste and something to write about. Take a look at the range of events it has to offer

As a Guild member you are more than welcome to join us for the Sustainability Seminar and the Launch Party happening on the first day (Thu 24th May) and anything else that takes your fancy.

Here’s just a taster of some of the many fantastic events the celebration has to offer:

Thursday 24th May

Sustainability Seminar

3pm 4:45pm The Georgian Townhouse, Thursday 24th May

Breweries and pubs that are in it for the long term need an environmental plan. Not just for altruistic reasons. But for good commercial and reputational reasons. Adnams are famed throughout the industry for their market-leading, award-winning positioning on sustainability. As trail-blazers in the environmental field, they have significant experience, knowledge and advice to offer.

The Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia project provides free audits and gives grants to pubs and breweries to improve energy efficiency.

In this seminar, Ben Orchard, environmental manager at Adnams; and Rex Kellet, Senior Environmental Business Advisor at BEE, will join the legendary beer writer Roger Protz to share information and experience, giving rare insights, energy and money-saving tips and valuable lessons. The kind of thing that’s relevant to journalists and beer writers…

Link to reserve your place:

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Launch Party

5:30pm 11pm, The Black Horse, Thursday 24th May

Be a part of East Anglia’s annual gathering of beer writers. Meet people from pubs and breweries based in a City famed for its beer. The event will be taking place at The Black Horse, NR2 3DE. To register, email back or head to:

Stay the night, explore Norwich and then attend…

Friday 25th May

Why do Guitars taste like Hops?

Friday 25th May 5pm – 6pm, Walnut Tree Shades

Your brain is lying to you. You have more than five senses. And you can hear the difference between IPA and stout.  Pete Brown has been running experimental beer tastings pairing top tunes and beers for six years. This talk is a mixture of fandom, humour, and genuine neuro-scientific research. Think it sounds like nonsense? Come along and have your sense challenged. If you’re right, you’ll at least taste some great beers. If you’re wrong, you just might taste them like you never have before.

To book tickets contact Claire Brooks: 07818 680361

Thai Food Pairing with French Ale and French Whisky

Friday 25th May, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Delight your palate with tastes from France and Thailand. Come and meet brewers all the way from Normandy and head brewer from the Norfolk Brewhouse. Try their delightful collaboration brew the ‘Amitié IPA’ as well as 3 Northmaen whiskies, paired with delicious Thai tasters.

Tickets £10. To book, call 01603 627362.

Books and Beer Tasting

7pm 8:30pm Norwich Waterstones,  Friday 25th May

Join award-winning beer writers, Roger Protz, Adrian Tierney-Jones and Pete Brown for an exclusive insight into their latest books on beer.

Explore the different aromas, flavours, and styles of beer during this entertaining tutored tasting session. The event is sponsored by Lacons, who will be supplying some of the samples to delight your curious palates.

Let / know if you’d like to come and we’ll get you a free ticket.

Northmaen Meet The Brewer and Beer Showcase

Friday 25th May, 8pm – 11:45pm, The Plasterers Arms

To celebrate the collaborative brew between Norfolk Brewhouse and Brasserie de Northmaen we have invited Dominique and Frédérique Camus over from their brewery in Rouen, and they are bringing a selection of beers with them for our taps at The Plasterers. An exclusive not just for Norwich City of Ale but for the whole of the UK!

Saturday 26th May

Contrast and Compare – IPA Tasting with Roger Protz

Saturday 26th May, 12pm – 1:30pm, Kings Head

Come sip Norfolk Brewhouse and Poppyland collaborative brew with brewers David and Martin – and celebrated beer writer Roger Protz. Free samples, but please stay on for a paid-for pint or two!

5 Moods Of Beer with Adrian Tierney-Jones

Saturday 26th May, 12pm – 1pm, The Rose

Tutored beer tasting with Beer Writer Of The Year Adrian Tierney-Jones – Five beers divided into five different moody categories: social, poetic, bucolic, imaginative and contemplative. If you want a beer that chats away in the glass like a bunch of friends or one that broods in the corner, plotting murder and mayhem, then this is the beer tasting for you from award winning author and journalist Adrian Tierney-Jones. Doors will open at 11.30am for a prompt 12pm start.

Tickets £5 includes tasters and talk. Contact The Rose Inn 01603 623942 for tickets.