Dave Cornell, who has run Poppyland since 2019, said: “I'm delighted to have picked up a silver medal in our first year of entering the London Beer Competition. The policy at the brewery since it was founded by Martin Warren in 2011 has been to make interesting and unusual brews, and we're very happy that the judges have recognised and awarded our efforts.”
The London Beer Competition judges beers not just on their taste, but also on their value for money and the appearance of the packaging. Judges include brewers, beer sommeliers and beer writers. Sid Patel, founder of the London Beer Competition and chief executive of the Beverage Trade Network, which organises the event, now in its fifth edition, said: “To be an award winner you will need to have a top-quality beer, that offers both the trade and the consumer great value for money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and on the back bar.
“All the winners in the London Beer Competition will give trade beer buyers, be they for a supermarket, specialist beer retailer, casual dining or upmarket restaurant, the reassurance that these are beers that their customers want to buy.”
Sweet Chestnut Ale is available in 500ml bottles from selected retailers or from the brewery at 46 West Street Cromer – check here for opening hours: www.poppylandbrewery.
"Poppyland" was the name given to the North Norfolk coast by the Victorian journalist and writer Clement Scott, popularising it as a holiday destination. Poppies still grow extensively in Norfolk's barley fields, which produce what is widely recognised as the best malting barley in the world.