Tom Norton from Boxford brewery has had his new Suffolk sour beer banned from the East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival. Why, you might ask?
The organization’s West Suffolk branch reached out to Norton via and told him that they believe some people will not like the taste of his Brett Terroir ale and that it will be detrimental to the festival.
The email from the organizers states: “We would have loved to have one of your sour beers at our festival, especially a Suffolk one. However, it was felt that an unknowing drinker trying the beer might think it was off.
“OK, we would have told them that it isn’t but the fear is that they would use social media to spread this comment around to the detriment of the festival.”
This didn’t bode well for many CAMRA members one even venting his rage publicly, saying: “What utter nonsense – the whole point of a beer festival is that we can try out different ales. Of course this beer would have a taste that is different and not everyone would like it – but it is exactly how it would have been made in the heart of Suffolk a hundred years ago.”
“I was very disappointed,” Norton said. “The Brett Terroir is made with local ingredients – some from fields within sight of our brewery near Boxford. We have tried the beer in real ale pubs in Colchester and Norwich and it has gone down very well.”
But even though Norton’s Brett Terroir will be noticeably absent at the event, he will still have a selection to showcase at the festival. Bury’s independent beer shop Beautiful Beers will have a stall and some of Norton’s beers will be there.
“Brewing a modern clean beer the brewer will know how the finished beer should taste long before the grain, hops, yeast and water combine,” Norton stated. “But sour beers by their very nature were unpredictable – aged in oak with plenty of yeast and bacteria no two barrels are the same.”
“Here we monitor the flavors created over months and then decide what would enhance and complement them. This beer should have a salt and a peppery bite to complement the earthy almost savory nature of the beer.”
The West Suffolk branch of CAMRA did not comment on the ban when asked about it.
Source: East Anglian Times