Muntons FEM.ALE festival beer proves a hit

Sophie De Ronde, right, of Muntons with Ben Thompson, landlord at the Plasterers Arms, and Erica Hor

Sophie De Ronde, right, of Muntons with Ben Thompson, landlord at the Plasterers Arms, and Erica Horton, �FEM.ALE� festival organiser. - Credit: Archant

Stowmarket-based maltster Muntons was invted to contribute to the brewing of a special beer to mark this year’s FEM.ALE event – a celebration of the work of female brewers held as part of the Norwich City of Ale Festival.

Celebrated brewsters (the correct title for women brewers) and women in the brewing industry contributed to the occasion by offering a list of beers on tap brewed exclusively by women.

This year’s FEM.ALE festival was held at the Plasterers Arms in Norwich where Sophie De Ronde, resident brewster in charge of the pilot brewery at Muntons’ Centre for Excellence, worked with landlord Ben Thompson to develop Spiced Honey Pale, using honey, ginger and coriander seeds.

It become the first Muntons beer to be available to the public and was also the first beer at the FEM.ALE event to sell out.

Proceeds from the sale of the ale were donated to the Pink Boots and East Anglian Air Ambulance charities.


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The pilot brewery chiefly assists Muntons customers with the development of new beers but is also used to create new malt extracts for its range of home brew recipes

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