Local Breweries


Returning after a 45 year hiatus in 2013, Lacons began brewing again using the original Lacons yeast. Since then they have been recognised on a local, national and international basis, winning many awards for their fine ales.

Over the years, the brewery has produced an extensive range of draught and bottled beers that have been savoured by generations of appreciative ale drinkers. Ranging from Audit Ale, brewed specifically for Oxford and Cambridge College’s ‘Audit Days,’ to the renowned Highlight, a strong pale ale named after the celebrated TV programme of the day.

Based in Great Yarmouth and known as the Great Yarmouth Brewery, Lacons dates back to 1760 and have great pride in their heritage and maintaining their traditional values. Lacons are committed to crafting an exciting range of innovative ales and craft beers using the highest quality hops and malt from around the world. They use their original yeast strain which was preserved in the National Collection of Yeast Cultures giving their ales a unique link to the past.

Lacons are very proud of the awards that they have won for their ales including the World Beer Awards World’s ‘Best Bitter – under 4%’ for Encore, their flagship amber ale at 3.8% and SIBA East’s Overall Regional Championship for Affinity, their 4.8% chestnut ale. Lacons head brewer Wil Wood has also created delicious heritage ales inspired by Lacons recipes drawn from the archive including Falcon Ale, Audit Ale and their newest addition, Old Nogg.


Within easy staggering distance of the Railway Station, the town centre and next to a bus stop there on George Street is the newest brewery in Yarmouth. It is on on the north-west corner of Row 50 (Now the north pavement of Stonecutters Way).

Founded in 2013, Tombstone Brewery was originally based on Estcourt Road in Great Yarmouth.  The name Tombstone came about as the premises backed onto the towns cemetery.  Rather than go down the macabre route of naming the ales we chose to focus on Tombstone, Arizona as inspiration for their names.  Our first ale was Gunslinger which went on sale New Years Eve 2013.  Shortly followed by Arizona.  The range now includes a total of 13 different ales.

Paul Hogson who owns and runs the brewery believes that this expansion is a good indication of the appreciation for the quality of his ales. Certainly a visit to the comfortable saloon will provide a wide range of up to 10 real ales not just those from his own hand but some of the best from other parts of Norfolk and north Suffolk. There are often 6 draught ciders on too. Paul is also looking to raise interest in single malts and is building up his range of whiskies.


Norfolk’s newest microbrewery. Based at The Pleasure Boat PH in Hickling, we are planning to brew fine beer from fine local ingredients. We’re not stopping locally we’re planning to be big. But for the time being, do come and try what we’re making at The Pleasure Boat PH, Hickling and The Nelson in Horsey.

We’ve had the accommodation since April 13th 2016 and we’ve worked hard to turn it from a disused post office into a functional microbrewery. Do come along and try out first beers.

The Yaarbrew name was inspired because it represents us and our passion for all that’s local, it derived from talking with friends, family and real ‘local yokels’:

• “Yaar” – The initial sound made when speaking about Great Yarmouth
• “Yaar” – A noise that farmers make to signify agreeance.


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