Three cheers for Fakenham brewer Jo

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Brewer Jo Coubrough, from Fakenham, is celebrating winning three prestigious awards for ales in the space of two months.

Mum-of-two Jo set up Jo C’s Norfolk Ale in a disused barn on West Barsham estate and began brewing in 2010 using locally grown and malted Norfolk Maris Otter barley and water supplied from the brewery’s own bore hole.

Jo Coubrough who has won three awards for her ales. ANL-141012-085228001

Jo Coubrough who has won three awards for her ales. ANL-141012-085228001

Her ales, named using a bird theme – Norfolk Kiwi, Bitter Old Bustard and Knot Just Another IPA – have been well received by appreciative drinkers.

Her debut beer Norfolk Kiwi, so named in homage to her New Zealand born husband hotelier Chris Coubrough, won a Gold Award at the CAMRA Peterborough Beer Festival, one of the UK brewing industry’s biggest events.

The same beer went on to take another gold Award at the 37th Annual CAMRA Norwich Beer Festival and finally, her most recent brew, Knot Just Another IPA, was judged Beer of the Festival at Huntingdonshire CAMRA’s Booze on the Ouse event last month.

Jo said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have landed three such meaningful awards for my beers in such a short space of time. I’ve always had plenty of positive feedback from drinkers about my ales but these awards are official stamps of approval from major events in the brewing calendar.

“The Peterborough Beer Festival is one of the biggest in the country and the Norwich event is my local CAMRA festival and almost as prestigious, offering more than 200 different beers and ciders.

“There are so many beers available at these festivals, literally hundreds, that winning any kind of award, let alone gold awards, is a real achievement that validates what I’ve been doing.”

Jo supplies draught ales to pubs across East Anglia, London and Northamptonshire. Her bottled beers and five-litre mini casks are also available at delicatessens, village stores and tourist attractions all over the region, as well as online via her website. Among the outlets to sell her beer are the Sandringham Gift Shop and Pensthorpe Wildlife Park.

Her husband’s group of inns includes The Ship at Brancaster, and The Crown Inn at East Rudham.