WELCOME


Welcome to The Nip & Growler Craft Ale House
Local ales & ciders direct from small brewers,
the true meaning of a Free House
68 High Street,   KING’S LYNN,   Norfolk   PE30 1AY   Opposite M&S
  01553-278862  

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  Opening Hours  
Friday & Saturday  ♥  Midday-Midnight
Sunday  ♥  Midday-10pm
Monday – Thursday  ♥  Midday-11pm

 

    Look what we’ve won    

Read an article on the Nip & Growler from the KL Magazine, Special Food Edition — February 2018
 
   

 

Welcome to the Nip and Growler Craft Ale House in the heart of King’s Lynn, run by two best mates who know their booze only too well.   Designed and built by our own fair hands and local tradesmen using local recycled materials, proving new isn’t necessarily better.   And our ales are local too, sourced from micro-breweries as close to us as possible.

We have 13 ales & ciders on tap which change daily and we aim to introduce customers to a different way of drinking, flavour rather than quantity.   You don’t have to drink a macho pint as we also serve in ⅓, ½, ⅔ pint measures.   To help you explore our craft ales and ciders they are listed on our blackboard behind the bar showing the brewery, region and the style of ale.   And if you want to find an ale or cider that matches your taste buds just ask for tasters before you buy.   We also stock a good selection of wines and some unusual spirits as well as soft and fruit drinks and delicious snacks.

If you fancy a bit of relaxation then we always have board games, playing cards, Jenga and books available, just to the right of the bar.   And to the left of the bar we have plenty of cushions for a comfortable sit.

Our ales are changing all the time but our attitude to life remains the same.

Drink, be merry, be kind and never laugh at a bad joke

 

 
 

If you’re looking for a gift then you can buy £5 & £10 vouchers at the bar.

 
 
 

And to save you asking,   we don’t have straws at the bar.

 

 

If you like our glasses which we had specially made, please buy them from us rather than nick them. They are only £2.50 each, the price they cost us.
Thank You

 

Why Nip & Growler?

A Nip is a small measure of strong beer, usually 1/3 of a pint.   Barley wine was usually bottled in nips.
Or a small drink of spirits, a 1/4 of a gill where a gill is 5 fl oz
[C18: shortened from nipperkin equal to one-half of a quarter-gill, one-eighth of a gill, or one thirty-second of an English pint.   A nipperkin is also one-eighth of a pint of beer or any other liquor.]

A Growler is a larger measure of beer, a half US gallon jug or just over 3 pints in English.   It was a sealed jug that could be taken home, more common in America than here.

 

Nunc est bibendum

And in case you were wondering about the Latin quote on our logo, ‘Nunc est bibendum’, it translates as ‘Now is the time for drinking’.

It is from the first book of the collected Odes or Carmina, sometimes known as the ‘Cleopatra Ode‘, of the Roman lyric poet Horace.   It is one of his most famous, published in 23 BC as Poem 37.   The poem is a song of triumph over the defeat and death of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, and probably dates from the autumn of 30 BC when the news of Cleopatra’s suicide reached Rome.

And if you are interested in this you can read a translation of the poem here.
 

Read about the history of 68 High Street or Cook Row in the 14th Century
the site of The Nip and Growler, and previously
The Bull Inn
The Black Bull
The Earl of Derby
The Beaconsfield Inn
The Beaconsfield Inn Refreshment Bar
The Beaconsfield Restaurant
The Earl of Beaconsfield
Halford Cycle Shop
H.E.Randall’s Shoe Shop
Eastern Gas
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The Nip and Growler Craft Ale House
68 High Street,   KING’S LYNN,   Norfolk   PE30 1AY   Opposite M&S
  01553-278862  

E-Mail us at   email hidden; JavaScript is required

  Opening Hours  
Friday & Saturday  ♥  Midday-Midnight
Sunday  ♥  Midday-10pm
Monday – Thursday  ♥  Midday-11pm

ALES & CIDERS

 

Our first brew, GINTRIGUE 42 was a beautiful botanical brew with juniper berries, lemon & orange zest, citra & simcoe hops created in collaboration with the Three Mice Brewery.   It was a great success but shame we didn’t brew more of it.   But worry not as we will soon be active in brewing another wonderful ale. Watch this space.

 

 

 

Our ales and ciders change daily and we aim to introduce customers to a different way of drinking, flavour rather than quantity.   You don’t have to drink a macho pint as we also serve in ⅓, ½, ⅔ pint measures.   To help you explore our 13 craft ales and ciders they are listed on our blackboard behind the bar showing the brewery, region and the style of ale.   And if you want to find an ale or cider that matches your taste buds just ask for tasters before you buy.   We also stock a good selection of wines and some unusual spirits as well as soft and fruit drinks and delicious snacks.

Why Vegan & Gluten Free Ales?
If you follow a vegan lifestyle or have coeliac disease then this is obvious BUT there is another reason.   Ales are cleared by using Isinglass made from the dried swim bladders of fish.   This clears the ale but also removes some of the taste.   Many people find that an unfined cloudy ale tastes better, with a fuller flavour.   If this unfined beer contains milk/lactose then it becomes vegetarian.   Customers have commented that the gluten free ales do not bloat them out which when you think of what gluten can do to the gut then this makes sense.

Nip and Growler Ales & Ciders

 BEERBREWERSTYLEGLUTEN FREE OR VEGANBREWERY LOCATIONABV
1Big Bang TheoryNene ValleyWest Coast Pale AleGFOundle5.3%
2Norwich PilsRedwellPilsnerVegan
GF
Norwich4%
3Old Brown Mouse3 Blind MiceBest BitterHazy
Vegan
GF
Buxton, Norwich4.5%
4Extra PaleRedwellExtra Pale AleGF
Vegan
Norwich4.6%
5Flight of the Unicorn3 Blind MiceJuice Bomb IPACloudy
Vegan
Little Downham5%
6Lonely Snake3 Blind MiceSession Pale AleVegan
Cloudy
Little Downham3.5%
7Wild SummerWildcraftHoppy Pale AleVegan
Cloudy
Buxton, Norwich4.5%
8Defiled Mild3 Blind Mice


Chocolate Orange MildGF
Hazy
Little Downham3.8%
9Milkworm3 Blind Mice
Milk StoutVeggyLittle Downham5.3%
10Fags and Coffee3 Blind MiceSmoked Coffee StoutVeganLittle Downham8%
11Fenland GoldChurchill CidersMedium CiderSpalding6.5%
12Hedge FundHarleston CiderSweet CiderHarleston5%
13Norfolk PerryWhin HillPerryWells-Next-The -Sea5.8%
Too much choice?   Just ask for free tasters to find the ale that suits you.
Our ale list is changing daily so it's impossible to keep this list completely up to date but we'll do our best.
Updated 14th April

Our Unique and Delicious Bottled Ales & Ciders

 

A Look At The Ales & Ciders We’ve Served Since We Opened

 


The Nip and Growler Craft Ale House
68 High Street,   KING’S LYNN,   Norfolk   PE30 1AY   Opposite M&S
  01553-278862  

E-Mail us at   email hidden; JavaScript is required

  Opening Hours  
Friday & Saturday  ♥  Midday-Midnight
Sunday  ♥  Midday-10pm
Monday – Thursday  ♥  Midday-11pm

SPIRITS

And If You Enjoy Spirits Then This Selection Should Interest You

 


The Nip and Growler Craft Ale House
68 High Street,   KING’S LYNN,   Norfolk   PE30 1AY   Opposite M&S
  01553-278862  

E-Mail us at   email hidden; JavaScript is required

  Opening Hours  
Friday & Saturday  ♥  Midday-Midnight
Sunday  ♥  Midday-10pm
Monday – Thursday  ♥  Midday-11pm