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Albion’s mast with the Jenny Morgan wind vane.

Albion on Malthouse Broad.

New beer, old boat

Clive Tully reports on the launch of Jenny Morgan bitter

MOST pubs have their beer delivered by lorry or van, but for the Maltsters pub in Ranworth, May 1 saw the delivery of a special firkin of Jenny Morgan bitter. It arrived on board the historic Norfolk trading wherry Albion, with VIP guest Tim Dunford, boss of the UK’s most easterly brewery – Green Jack Brewery in Lowestoft. Greeted on the quayside at Malthouse Broad by

A crewman plays the accordion on board Albion.

the Golden Star Morris dancers from Norwich, the firkin was ceremonially danced to the pub. It was about this point that I was told the beer would take a couple of days to settle down before it could be served. As mild panic set in, I was reassured to hear that the pub had, in best Blue Peter tradition, one that was prepared earlier. So not only did I get to sample a couple of pints, it was even used to make the batter for the fish and chips served for lunch. Tim Dunford’s affection for the Albion goes back to his childhood, when he used to fish from her deck while she was in Lake Lothing for winter maintenance. Now a successful brewer, he’s created a beer which will help raise funds for the 116-year-old wherry. Named after the folk character on the wind vane which adorns Albion’s mast, Jenny Morgan is a 3.5% Abv traditional bitter with a fruity hop taste. “Quaffable” it says on Green Jack’s website. I wouldn’t argue with that! ● For further information: Green Jack Brewery: Albion:

The Golden Star Morris dancers with Albion skipper Henry Gowman and the firkin of Jenny Morgan bitter outside The Maltsters pub. PHOTOS: CLIVE TULLY

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