Hat-trick of awards for West Barsham brewer Jo Coubrough

Jo Coubrough of Jo C's Norfolk Ale ANL-160303-115708001

Jo Coubrough of Jo C's Norfolk Ale ANL-160303-115708001

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West Norfolk brewer Jo Coubrough has completed a clean sweep at Norwich Beer Festival awards.

Jo, of Jo C’s Norfolk Ale, who is the only female brewer in the county, won the awards for a trio of bitters, all made from malted Norfolk barley and water drawn from her brewery’s own bore hole.

Mum-of-two Jo, based at West Barsham, won gold for her Norfolk Kiwi bitter, named in honour of her New Zealand-born hotelier husband, Chris.

Her Bitter Old Bustard earned a silver award from Norwich CAMRA in its Best Bitter category.

Jo’s Norfolk Kiwi also landed a highly coveted Champion Beer of East Anglia Bronze Award.

Said Jo: “I was absolutely thrilled to get a silver award from the Norwich Beer Festival 2015 judges, let alone a gold award too. But the bronze I received in the Champion Beer of East Anglia category for my Norfolk Kiwi was the highlight of the evening because it was so unexpected.”

Jo, who started her business in 2010 and whose beers are now available on draught in pubs across the Eastern region and in London, recently branched out into the seasonal beer market with a limited edition ale called Stout Robin.

It was the fourth beer in her avian-themed range which includes Norfolk Kiwi, Bitter Old Bustard and Knot Just Another IPA.