A label for one of the bottled craft ales from
Downham's micro brewery.
Downham Isle Brewery opened in June 2016 following the development of a number Real Craft Ales. Artisan methods of steeping and 'jugging' are used to produce Ales using grain hops, yeast and local hedgerow forage when available. The provenance of the ingredients is traceable to local and East Anglian Maris Otter barley from Norfolk's Branthill Farm, along with specialist graims, such as crystal, roasted and chocolate, for example. The spent grain is taken to Windy Ridge Farm on the Western edge of the village to provide feed for their chickens. The eggs, by the way, are excellent.
No preservatives, finings or other chemicals are used in the brewing and conditioning processes. The Ales are conditioned for a minimum of ywo months and, in some cases, up to one year. We brew dark ales (all around 7% ABV) such as Duneham Ale and Porter, and a Special Reserve which is matured and conditioned in oak port barrels. We also brew amber and golden ales, such as single hop East Kent Goldings and Nelson Sauvin, and English Pale Ales, which have a lower ABV. We are situated in Little Downham and you are welcome to visit and to sample, and to explore the development and running of a microbrewery. By appointment only, please.