Norfolk creatives Duration Brewing, Carrier Company, and Acre Botanicals have joined forces to celebrate the season’s change and their shared love of the rich local landscape.
Seeds Sleep In The Darkness is an 8.5% ABV Belgian tripel made in collaboration at Duration using local grains, with the addition of foraged fireweed gathered from monk’s herb gardens and the local hedgerows.
The beer will launch on 29th October at the brewery, kicking off a series of winter Feast Nights, alongside a fireside range of garments and foraging bags made by Carrier Company.
Duration will add to its existing taproom offer with monthly world feast events, teaming up with caterer Fanny Adams. Customers will have the opportunity to try beer and sharing platters from across the globe. Head to Belgium, Mexico, Thailand, the Deep South, and the Caribbean.
Seeking to reconnect brewing to its agricultural origins, Duration Brewing carefully renovated an historic stone barn in 2019 to brew sustainably-made beer. From its ancient priory site on Abbey Farm, in West Acre, its award-winning beers are brewed with a sense of time and place, in connection to the changing seasons.
Carrier Company is a small family-run firm making clothing and equipment locally since 1995. It produces straightforward, timeless designs, inspired by living and working with nature on the Norfolk coastline. Carrier Company works with naturally resilient fabrics that perform year-round.
Enzo Cilenti, of Carrier Company, said of Duration: “Being local, independent, and their approach of producing [beer that is] mindful of and respectful to the local environment was a big draw. It is clear from speaking to head brewer Bates that he has a clear level of passion and precision for what they do, similar to ours.”
Bates was randomly introduced to Carrier Company from a brewing industry colleague in the US, where he originates from. He said: “I’m not a big consumer, so I look for quality and durability in my purchases from ethical companies.
“Michael Kiser, of Good Beer Hunting, put me onto Carrier Company when I was looking for recommendations for a good dog walking jacket to withstand the elements. I love their dedication to producing simple, elegant, well-made garments, made locally to enjoy being in the outdoors.”
Duration co-founder Miranda Hudson said: “Our motto at Duration is to make good beer, with good people, in the way that respects where we are, and Enzo and Sienna clearly do the same with their products. We formed a bond over our love of walking, gathering, and cooking outdoors, and thought it would be exciting to create something together. An autumnal foraged brew got us out in nature together.
“Seeds Sleep In The Darkness, a warming Belgian triple, was dreamed up as the perfect post-foraging expedition fireside pint, and sits alongside a range of clothing including native breed knitwear, naturally resilient cotton canvas outer layers, and a jute kindling sack that is equally useful whether gathering firewood or Fireweed.”
The beer has a haunting label by East Anglian illustrator Shaun Lynch, depicting, at dusk, a gathering on the dunes following a late summer forage that really encapsulates Norfolk living.
Botanical forager Barbora Ondrusova, of Acre Botanicals, was called upon to help to develop the recipe. She said: “I live near an old priory and the smells you get underfoot from the monk’s herb garden growing wild, even centuries on, are beguiling. Mint, sage, mullein, vervain and fireweed, it’s all there still.
“Herbs were the apothecary tools deployed to reduce inflammation, help fertility, to disinfect, and bring flavour to their diets. The properties from the flower, pod, leaf, and seed are all different.
“Fireweed is such a beautiful plant to use, and fireweed, or rose willow herb, symbolises release, rebirth, and potential for something innovative and new. It should add a delicate honey rose flavour to balance the beer out perfectly.”