Brewer’s ‘legendary’ beer wins praise

Tornado tipple ... Tom Norton, of Mill Green Brewery, with a pint of Tornado Smith Beer, which won a silver award in the Society of Independant Brewers' Eastern region awards.
Tornado tipple ... Tom Norton, of Mill Green Brewery, with a pint of Tornado Smith Beer, which won a silver award in the Society of Independant Brewers' Eastern region awards.

A BREWERY has won a regional award for a beer named after a local hero.

Mill Green Brewery in Edwardstone was presented with a silver award for Best Bitter in the Eastern region in a competition held by SIBA, the Society of Independant Brewers.

The beer is named after George “Tornado” Smith, who entertained crowds in the 1930s by performing the gravity-defying wall of death stunt – firstly with his wife “Dynamite” Doris Craven and latterly a 12-stone lioness called Briton, who rode in the sidecar.

Brewer Tom Norton said: “It was great to get the award as it is judged by fellow brewers, publicans, experts and beer writers.

“We started brewing the beer in July, so it has not been running long.

“It has an interesting flavour as we use our own malt from down the road in Chelsworth but the hops are from New Zealand – they have a similar flavour to a New Zealand white wine so it is very fruity.

“And Tornado Smith was a bit of a local legend.”

The awards took place at Elgoods Brewery in Wisbech, where 185 beers in 12 categories were scrutinised by 55 judges.

Mill Green has been brewing for three years.

Mr Norton said: “Unfortunately I couldn’t attend as I was too busy brewing beer.”