We are committed to making our ales available locally throughout Essex and the surrounding areas, our customer base is constantly growing. Being a local brewery, we can keep delivery miles to a minimum, reducing the carbon footprint which is increasingly topical and welcomed by consumers. Our wider distribution is done in bulk by distributors, making our beer available across the country. The Brewery itself is a bespoke plant and we strive to maintain energy efficiency where possible.
2007 has seen the brewery grow in recognition, with distribution increasing locally direct from the Brewery, as well as nationally through distributors. The recent accolades from the CAMRA Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival in 2007 and 2009 against some 300 other ales was a huge achievement after only a few years in existence.
Not content with standing still, we have welcomed new staff including Sophie de Ronde, B.Sc.(Hon.) as brewster, Nigel Sadler as brewing/commercial consultant and Ethan Kannor as brewing assistant as well as Jason Jopson – with whose business expertise we are now operating in a new Brewery in with a 3000 litre capacity which will enable us to produce around 60 casks per brew (that’s up to 4,320 pints, twice per week – that’s nearly 9,000 pints of ale each week!).
We have also now acquired all the required equipment to fully supply beer festivals and outside bars at events – racking, taps, cooling jackets and chillers – so if you want to arrange a beer festival, we can not only supply the beer, but the equipment, set-up and staff if required! Give us a call – 01277 375577 and leave it to us!!!
Well so far so good!
Chelmsford CAMRA Summer Beer Festival was a stormer, the first time we had our own bar and what a success. Apart from being one of the busiest bars there, the public (that’s you guys!) voted for our beers (not surprising really, as they are so good!). We were awarded winner of three different categories:
Best mild, Marvellous Maple Mild 3.7%,
Best golden ale, Heavenly Body 4.3%,
Best strong ale, Chockwork Orange 6.5%
Then to top it all off, our Chockwork Orange came as a runner up in ‘overall beer of the festival’.
Our first major national awards were achieved in the recent SIBA East Region Competition where we were awarded with two medals:
Best Strong Ale, Lumberjack won GOLD
Best Speciality Beer, Chockwork Orange won SILVER
This year has seen us run our own bars at both Chelmsford and Chappel CAMRA beer festivals with great success! Having a brewery Bar allows you to sample a wider variety of our ales and also meet our friendly and welcoming staff!
Our Brewery Experience days have proved a great hit with those of you wanting to spend a day brewing some of our much loved beer. Call the office to book yourself in for the day!
Successes so far have come in the form of Beer of the Festival for ‘Summer Virgin’ at the Colchester CAMRA festival.
Our Bottled beer very proudly made the finals of the Essex Food & Drink Awards 2010 for Best Retail Product.
Not Forgetting, we also won the award for Best Growing Business (Micro) in the Essex Business Excellence Awards 2010!
Well, last year seemed to run away with us with lots of hard work and planning for the future. However lets see what happened:
We came runners up in the Essex Food and Drink Awards again for Best Drink Product 2011.
We had our first visit into the Nicholsons pubs with a special for them over Christmas and there is a potential for a re-invitation for this year as well! So watch this space…
Over the last year we have also been planning on a move to a bigger and better site. The aim is to be at Calcott Hall Farm, which is a very exciting prospect for us.
Talking of Calcott Hall Farm, we successfully made a Strawberry Blonde Beer using their hand picked strawberries. This is now available to buy in bottle from their store.
This Summer we ventured a little further afield up to Cambridge for their Summer Beer Festival where we won Beer of the Festival for our BBC 2. Leading on from its popularity we have had demands for the beer in bottle and it has been done. You can order through our shop.
Cask Chockwork Orange won BRONZE at SIBA East Competitioin
So this has been us to date, and we will keep you all informed with future successes!
The year of the move! Yes it is happening, we have been doing building work in our new premesis this at Calcott Hall Farm www.calcotthall.com. We have taken over their old potato barn and it is being converted into a swish new brewery. We even have a visitors center so you can come and say hello in style!
Again this year we proudly saw two of our beers win more SIBA awards:
Bottled Gold won Silver for the second year running
Bottled Lumberjack also saw a Silver in its category of strong bitters
Towards the end of 2013 we were chuffed to receive a second award for our BBC 2! The beer made it’s way over to Belfast CAMRA Beer Festival and was placed in front of a panel of judges. The beer was blindly judged against many other great names and was awarded Champion Beer of Belfast! A great accolade to take us into 2014!
With the UK starting to go mad for exporting we went to find out how our beers would fair in a European craft beer competition. Fortunately for us, a friend in Hungary helped us out! From the adventures of our beer came two wonderful awards in their respected categories.
Brentwood Gold won Gold
Chockwork Orange won Silver
We also brewed Van Kannor 7.7% to celebrate the Birth of Ethan’s son Oakley.
We said goodbye and Thank you to Sophie who was leaving her role as Head Brewer after 7 years.
Ethan has now taken over as Head Brewer.