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One giant hop into the big time

PUBLISHED: 16:22 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:35 05 July 2010

A SMALL award-winning brewery in Lowestoft will be moving to bigger premises to cope with its growing popularity.

The Green Jack brewery operates from small premises at the Triangle Tavern, just off High Street, but plans are in place to expand to a new building at the Havelock pub on Love Road, providing three times the current brewing capacity.

A SMALL award-winning brewery in Lowestoft will be moving to bigger premises to cope with its growing popularity.

The Green Jack brewery operates from small premises at the Triangle Tavern, just off High Street, but plans are in place to expand to a new building at the Havelock pub on Love Road, providing three times the current brewing capacity.

Jocky Wilson, manager of the Triangle, said demand for the real ales was outstripping supply. He added that the new brewery should be ready by the end of the year.

“It will be the same process on a bigger scale, with three or four more people working. We will keep the smaller brewery going for one-off speciality beers and experiments,” said Mr Wilson.

Currently, Green Jack produces five real ales on a permanent basis, including Ripper, an 8.5pc barley wine and the popular Orange Wheat.

Seasonal beers are also made and elderflower beer Summer Dream will be launched at the pub next week. Mr Wilson said that swapping ales with other brewers meant they were also being tasted further afield.

“We deal a lot with Crouch Vale brewery in Essex and also the Oakham brewery in Peterborough,” he said. “When the Ripper won two national awards, J D Wetherspoon bought 50 firkins to sell in their best real ale pubs.

“With the new facility we will have a higher capacity, and once it's up and running we will be able to deal with wholesalers all over the country.”

When working at full capacity, the new brewery will be able to produce 6,000 litres a day compared with the current 2,000 litres twice a week.

Green Jack was founded by Tim Dunford in 1993 and moved from Oulton Broad to the small premises in the Triangle in 2003.

Head brewer Daron Fowle has been working at Green Jack for five years and said the quality of the beer set it apart from the competition.

“We sell every drop we make and can't keep up with demand. We have to turn down customers,” he said.

“Real ales are definitely getting more popular and a lot of young people like to drink them, too.”

Mr Fowle added: “The attention to detail is the main thing. We always use fresh, local ingredients and fresh hops and this gives it a good flavour.”

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