Brewery News

Chin-Chin Beer & Gin Festival

Brentwood Brewing Company was delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors to their Beer and Gin Festival at the brewery on Saturday (June 10).

Among the many beer fans enjoying a selection of Brentwood brewed real ales was the town’s new MP, Alex Burghart, who made the festival his first official constituency visit since becoming MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

“I do like drinking beer. I’m a real ale drinker. You’ve got to support local business in your own way don’t you? So, of course, I’ve tried some Brentwood beers like Brentwood Gold, Lumberjack and Chockwork Orange, which is my favourite.

“You cannot support the constituency’s interests and views unless you’re out talking to the people so it’s very much my pleasure to be here at Brentwood Brewery.

“I met Roland while I was on the campaign trail and promised if I was elected I’d come along to the festival, so here I am. Tough job eh?”

Also visiting the brewery and supporting the festival were VIP guests The Deputy Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Sheila Murphy, former Mayor Cllr Mark Reed and last year’s Mayor Cllr Noelle Hones and her husband Cllr Jon Cloke.

Returning to the brewery and keeping festival goers entertained were two Essex based ukulele bands.

The Ukulistics.

Also, trio Johnny ‘Timebomb’ Taylor on vocals and Julia and Mark Rich on ukuleles.

Brentwood Brewery MD Roland Kannor said: “It was our biggest and best Beer Festival at the brewery yet. We’re thrilled and grateful that so many local people turned out to make it such a jolly occasion. The weather was kind too as it was a marvellous, sunny, Summer’s day.

“We’d like to thank everyone for coming along including our special guests and the bands. We really appreciate the support.

“It’s been such a great success that we’re already planing our next Beer Festival, Oktoberfest, at Brentwood Brewery on Saturday 9th September.”

The brewery team was very busy throughout the day, keeping festival goers refreshed with a selection of 8 different Brentwood Beers and 4 Elephant School ones, all brewed in Brentwood.

Brewed under Brentwood’s Elephant School Brewing brand, Mango Unchained 7.2% ABV proved to be so popular that it ran out on the bar but Head Brewer Ethan Kannor came up with a novel solution. A fresh batch ready for drinking was pumped by hose directly from the fermenter vessel to the bar, much to the amusement of visitors including Cllr Jon Cloke and Mark Rich of the Ukulistics, who were keen to try it.

“Mango Unchained is one of our latest new beers under the Elephant School Brewing brand and it’s really heartwarming to see it being so well received by beer fans.

“We also thank everyone who tried and left feedback on another new brew we trialled at the festival in an attempt to create the perfect session ale, called Project #2. Some said it was ‘a light, easy drinker’ with ‘a great taste’, others got ‘biscuit notes’ and early malt flavours or light citrus tones and dry finish. It looks like Project #2 may have a promising future in the Brentwood range,” said Ethan.

As a nod to World Gin Day, a selection of Gin cocktails was also available on the brewery bar with a choice of 5 different gins.

Black Shuck Gin, produced by The Norfolk Sloe Company, based in Fakenham, Norfolk, sent representative, Neil Worsley, to the festival, to offer free samples to festival-goers. They also kindly donated a bottle of gin to the brewery bar for the event. The brand is available next door to the brewery in Calcott Hall Farm Shop.

Gin lovers also got to try free samples of Old Bakery Gin based in Palmers Green, London, which started trading just a few months ago. MD Ian Puddick with help from Will Barlow, served up some iced gin and tonics with a slight difference. Their recommendation? Fresh basil leaves and grapefruit slices.

Beer Grylls, the brewery’s mobile snack van, provided sustenance in the form gourmet burgers and handmade, traditional Brentwood IPA sausages, produced by Totham Bangers of Great Totham.

Brentwood Brewery’s Beer & Gin Festival was held slightly ahead of Beer Day Britain, a national day celebrating real ale, which this year, is being held over a weekend, 15-18 June, to incorporate Fathers Day. Themed ‘Say Cheers to Beer’ the awareness event is supported by all major organisations in the beer industry including Britain’s Beer Alliance, Society of Independent Brewers, British Beer & Pub Association and the Campaign for Real Ale.

See a short video clip of the Ukulistics playing live at the festival:

Ukulistics at Beer & Gin Festival

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Brentwood Strawberry Fair 2017

Brentwood Brewing Company will be holding a mini Beer & Cider Festival at Brentwood Strawberry Fair on Shenfield Common on Saturday 17th June 12 – 6pm.

If you visit us at beer tent you’ll find Ethan, Holly and Ralph Kannor behind the bar, serving a selection of six Brentwood and Elephant School beers, brewed here in Brentwood.  They are likely to include:

A popular family day out, at the Strawberry Fair there will be community and craft and gift stalls, as well as local food and drink, including the ever-popular Brentwood Brewery Beer Tent.

Music and dance performances in the big top,  children’s fun fair rides and activities make up the entertainments on offer.  Apart from the refreshing, award-winning beer, most popular of all are the stars of the day, strawberries and cream.

Brentwood’s Strawberry Fair, which usually attracts 5000 people of all ages, is free.

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Beer & Gin Festival

Here’s the beer & gin list for Brentwood Brewery’s Beer & Gin Festival on Saturday June 10th from 10.30am – 5pm.  We’ll be serving hot and cold food from the brewery’s Beer Grylls snack van too.  To entertain you, we have two local, Essex ukulele bands.  Hope you can join us for some summer fun and refreshment – we’re next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop.

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Chipping Chirper

When Ongar Dads got together ahead of this year’s annual school fete they thought long and hard about novel ways to raise funds for Chipping Ongar Primary School Association (COPSA). The solution? Selflessly, they decided ‘Let’s drink beer’. ‘Not just any beer, our own beer.’

So we were delighted when they approached us at Brentwood Brewery to ask for our help in their quest. After some discussion a plan was hatched and a new collaboration brew, Chipping Chirper, was borne.

“Ongar Dads are really excited about this. We wanted to do something that was a bit different this year. We love beer and we thought it would be a win, win for everyone,” said Stephen Reynolds of Ongar Dads.

Three of the Ongar Dads group, Stephen Reynolds, Chris Eyre and Mark Sassoon, recently came along to the brewery to carry out some ‘research’ (beer sampling ) as well as assist head brewer Ethan Kannor in brewing this new collaboration, fund raising beer. The trio rolled up their sleeves with great enthusiasm, helping with mashing-in the first batch of Chipping Chirper. Then sparging, or rinsing grain to maximise sugar extraction, important because sugars later turn into alcohol.

Mark said: “I like beer a lot, my wife would probably say too much!

“It’s great to come along and see the brewing process from start to finish.

“Brewing our own beer for the fete also gives us an opportunity to socialise and recruit more Ongar Dads, or family members, to get involved with supporting the school.”

After the rigours of sparging, our guest brewers enjoyed a well-earned break in the sunshine with a pint of Brentwood beer, whilst preparing hops for the brew.

Like other Ongar Dads, these three novice brewers have children who attend Chipping Ongar Primary School. The Chipping Chirper pump clip design was determined by a school-wide competition for parents to get busy with paints, colouring pencils and felt-tipped pens to create a suitable design, paying a modest fee to enter the competition. Congratulations to Mum of three, Jessica Ashford-Green, who produced the winning design – a singing bird on a branch above a castle.

Chipping Chirper approximately 5% ABV (tbc) will be officially launched on Friday 23rd June at The Kings Head Inn, Ongar High Street, at 8pm, where it will be on sale for one month. A joint donation from the pub and Brentwood Brewery of 10p per pint will be going to Ongar Dad’s fund raising pot for COPSA.

This special, thirst quenching brew will also be available to buy from the bar at Chipping Ongar School Fete on Sunday 25th June from 1 – 4pm, straight after the town’s annual carnival. The Carnival, which starts at noon, is organised by Ongar Round Table. Again, a donation from every pint sold goes to the school fund.

“I enjoy a pint at the school fete and this year it’ll be good to have a beer we’ve had involvement in brewing.

“I’m looking forward to tasting the final product. We can thank Steve for the beer idea and Mark for the name.

“There is a good sense of community in Ongar and everyone comes out for these sort of events, so to have our beer involved in that, one we’ve had influence on, is great,” said Chris, who has twin boys at the school.

Brentwood Brewery MD Roland Kannor said: “As ever, it is always good to work with local groups, supporting local causes, like Ongar Dads raising money for Chipping Ongar Primary School Association.

“It was a pleasure to host Stephen, Chris and Mark’s visit to the brewery where they got a snapshot of what it’s like to be a brewer for the day.

“If you’re an adult, off to the school fete after Ongar Carnival why not treat yourself to a pint? Or if you’re in The Kings Head Inn from June 23rd June onwards, do drink Chipping Chirper generously! It’s all in a good cause.”

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Win for Gold Rush

Brentwood Brewery is delighted to share some good news – another Brentwood Beer has won an award.

In the recent Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) Regional Keg Competition, our Gold Rush won Bronze in the Strong Bitters and Pale Ales 5-5.9% category.

 

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Marathon Achievement

It was the hottest day of the year so far and Brighton, it turns out, is much hillier than you might imagine but that didn’t stop the brewery’s team Fragile but Agile from completing this year’s Brighton Marathon.  Their fatigue, cramps and muscle injuries, not to mention the blisters were all well worth it.  The team’s fundraising total for charity  The Fragile X Society now stands at more than £2500.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Hal, who was the first across the line from Team Agile but Fragile and Ralph and Ethan, who finished the race together arm in arm, along with friends Tom Whitehead and David Edwards who also completed the gruelling 26 mile run.

Ralph, who declared ‘never again’ after finishing his first marathon, has already signed up for another one.  This time it’s Dublin in October and he’ll be raising more money for The Fragile X Society.  Hal is planning his next marathon for 2018 and Ethan has decided, for the time being, he’ll be hanging up his running shoes and finding other ways to support The Fragile X Society.  But that’s what he’s saying now . . .

Head Brewer Ethan Kannor said:  “We’ve had so much support.  Thank you to everyone who has helped us to top our charity fund raising target of £2,000.  We’ve been amazed at how generous our supporters have been.

“It was unexpectedly hot – twenty four degrees.  Injuries sustained early on meant Ralph and I had to walk from mile nine but we managed to rally and we ran the last three miles, crossing the finish line hand in hand, just like we did in the Brentwood Half Marathon.

“Hal beat us both back.  As we’d each burned around 6000 calories, we all celebrated with a double dinner.  It was a really good weekend.”

Thanks also go to Oakley’s Godfather, Cam, for cheering on and supporting the team in Brighton.  Someone had to eat ice cream and drink beer!

The team took on the challenge of running this full marathon in honour of Holly and Ethan’s son Oakley who has been diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome.  It’s the most common inherited cause of learning disability.

There is still time to make a donation at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Team-Fragile-But-Agile.

Or you can support the charity by buying some Fragile X Ale, brewed to support their work,  with a donation going to The Fragile X Society for every bottle or pint sold.

Fragile X Ale 4.3%

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Bon Voyage Mike

As Assistant Brewer Mike Holmes sets sail on a new career in the Royal Navy, the Brentwood Brewery team has had to bid him Bon Voyage.

Mike has worked at the brewery for 7 years.  His thoughts:

What he’ll miss most –  everyone and brewing!

Fondest memory – is of watching the brewery team make a video for George and the Dragon beer around St George’s Day.  Mike’s contribution?  He added his spontaneous laughter to the soundtrack.

Weirdest memory – this is more difficult to pin down, as a source close to the brewery puts it, ‘it’s hard to remember a day at the brewery when nothing weird happened’.  Mike says climbing inside the fermenter vessel to clean it for the first time was definitely the weirdest.

Favourite Brentwood Beer –  Marvellous Maple Mild which is co-incidentally May’s  Beer of the Month.

Over a lunchtime farewell beer on Friday, Roland Kannor, the brewery’s MD, presented Mike with leaving gifts from the team including an engraved tankard, an appropriate selection of Brentwood Beer mats (framed and on the theme of service life and the sea) and a miniature bottle of rum, ‘to help prepare him for life on the ocean wave’.

Mike joins up later this month and will spend ten weeks basic training at HMS Rayleigh in Plymouth before tackling 33 weeks trade training for marine engineering at HMS Sultan at Gosport near Portsmouth.

We all wish him the best of luck.

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Dragons & Ales

Dragons may have been few but the flags of St George were flying, hundreds of beer fans came and of course there was an unending supply of quality, draught Brentwood Beer.  Thanks to everyone who came along to Brentwood Brewery on Saturday for our St George’s Beer Festival.  It was fun wasn’t it?

 

 

 

Whilst enjoying some award-winning, thirst-quenching Brentwood and Elephant School Beer, festival goers were entertained by Essex ukulele band The Ukelistics as well as rock and roll group Johnny and the Timebombs.  Thanks for coming along guys.

 

Julila Rich, The Ukelistics’ manager,  said:  “As always, Brentwood Brewery has put on another good event.  It’s great for the band to be here and we’re pleased to support local businesses.”

 

With 10 ales on the beer list, there was something to tempt every palate.  Every purchase of Elephant School Sombrero 4.5% ABV (Saison with Mexican inspired burst of passion fruit and hint of mint) also meant the chance to to wear the brewery’s Sombrero.    Tim Potter of Bishops Stortford, formerly of Brentwood, (pictured below) was one of many to enjoy a pint of Sombrero in said Mexican hat.  It was the first beer to temporarily sell out, remedied by a quick trip to the brewery’s cold store for Ethan.

For those wishing to toast St George (a day early, we do realise) then only a pint of George and The Dragon 3.8% ABV would do.

Beer enthusiasts were also keen to try a new brew, Project #, and give feedback on itWhilst comments were wide ranging, most were encouraging.

Brewery Manager Dean Beckwith manned the brewery’s mobile snack van, Beer Grylls, with help from his son Lloyd.  If anyone wants to know where the dragon for our Dragon and Ale Pie came from, Dean is the person to ask.  A qualified chef, Dean made all those delicious and very popular steak (we mean dragon) and ale pies.  Sausages made with our IPA by Totham Bangers were on the menu too.  (see www.tothambangers.co.uk)

Also enlisting the help of family was Bill Day from the Brewery’s Special Events Team.  His son William, aged 8, was keen to see what it would be like to be The Earl of Brentwood.

Ralph, Ethan, Debbie and Roland Kannor were helped on the beer festival’s two bars by Special Events Team members Shannon, Frank and Bill.  Everyone was kept busy, serving thirsty festival goers.

For anyone who missed Saturday’s event, please do not fret.  Brentwood Brewery’s next Beer Festival coincides with Beer Day Britain and World Gin Day on Saturday June 10th at Brentwood Brewery (next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop).  Hope you can join us then.

 

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The Olde Trout Tavern

Southend-on-Sea – Pub of the Month

Landlord John Murray and his wife Chrissy have been welcoming guests to The Olde Trout Tavern in Southend-on-Sea, since they refurbished and re- opened the pub five years ago.

“We opened it because we couldn’t find anywhere to have a nice, quiet drink, particularly for the more mature people in town. Most of Southend catered for youngsters and to an extent, still does.

“We wanted a pub where you could get a decent real ale which is our niche product and of course, we try to keep our prices down,” said John.

It is a roomy, cheerful, characterful pub, bigger than it looks from the outside. The Olde Trout has so much personality. Its collections of beer mats, pump clips and miniatures adding interest to the decor and its friendly team of staff helping to create the cosy ambience.

John said: “Most of the staff have been working at the pub since we opened. Phil, our cellarman assistant, was with me at my previous place and has worked with me for 14 years. So has Lisa on and off for 14 years. It’s a close-knit team. Customers like seeing the same people every time. It’s like an old local. Nothing changes that much.”

 

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There are some things that do change regularly. One is John’s tie. He has a personal tie collection of about 300 (currently). Also, the guest ales.

The pub has an unbeatable reputation for guest ales, having between four and six on every week. In the last five years or so, almost 1,100 different (unique) guest ales have graced the bar.

The house beer, Olde Trout Ale 3.7% ABV, is brewed to John’s requirements at Brentwood Brewery. A session beer, it’s a traditional coloured ale with a hoppy flavour.

Variety is the buzzword when it comes to real ale at The Olde Trout. Every palate is catered for with so many different beer styles available. A varied stock of bottled beers adds to the choices on offer. Little wonder then that The Olde Trout has appeared in The Good Beer Guide each year since opening and was South East Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2013.

For those that like it, there is craft lager and Rosie’s Pig scrumpy cider on too.

On the food front they specialise in home-cooked, cooked to order, traditional fare, serving lunchtimes from noon to 3pm, Monday – Saturday. Their steak and kidney and chicken and mushroom pies are in demand as well as their homemade beef burgers. But an exceptionally popular favourite is their sausage baguette, containing two big 4oz Cumberland sausages (£4.75).

Upstairs, a restaurant area can seat up to 32 people. It’s also home to two men’s and two women’s darts teams. Available for private function hire, the restaurant offers buffet and carvery menus.

In the summer, tables and umbrellas placed behind wind barriers turn the outside space into a patio-like sun trap. A great place to cool off with a refreshing drink whilst watching the world go by.

Entertainments include regular fortnightly Sunday quiz nights and there is a weekly draw. Many charity fund raisers are held throughout the year. As a result The Olde Trout recently donated a £1,000 cheque to local charities.

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Trevor is pictured above with bar team member Nicole McKenna.

Trevor the Trout is the pub’s infamous mascot, known globally for his love of selfies. Having holidayed in far away destinations like Sri Lanka, Egypt and Bangladesh, he is a very well-travelled fish. As his exploits on Twitter will testify, he keeps ’mysteriously’ popping up on vacation with members of the bar team. But inspiration for the pub’s name didn’t come from Trevor. Instead it was John’s wife Chrissy.

“I said ‘I’ll name it after you’. And she said ‘what’s that?’ And I said ‘The old trout’. So, to my surprise she said ‘that’s a good idea’. At the previous place we had customers who jokingly called her an old trout. It was Chrissy’s idea to stick with it,” said John.

Situated within walking distance of the town centre and seafront as well as Southend United’s Roots Hall stadium and the train station, The Olde Trout is well located.

“What brings people back to The Olde Trout is the warmth of welcome, the diverse range of beers and of course the keen prices come into it,” added John.

 

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A pint of Olde Troute Ale 3.7% ABV (£2.85), a traditional coloured ale with a hoppy flavour, teamed with homemade beefburgers topped with fried eggs served with coleslaw and French fried potatoes (£6.95).

The Olde Trout Tavern
56 London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1XN. www.theoldetrout.co.uk
01702 337 000

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Beer Festival for St George – An Invite

Beer Festival: Raising a Glass to St George

To mark St George’s Day on April 23, Brentwood Brewing Company is holding its first beer festival of the year on Saturday April 22 from 10am to 5.30pm at Brentwood Brewery.

“We like to be patriotic and do something different around each April 23rd to mark the occasion because we feel St George doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves.

“We’d really love it if the day could be made into an extra Bank Holiday for everyone to enjoy. But in the meantime, we’ll continue to do our bit to make sure St George is remembered.

“In previous years we’ve organised ale trails across the town, played traditional pub games and gone in for some general tomfoolery at the brewery.

“This year, we’re going all out and are holding a beer festival in the hope that beer fans, near and far, will come along and join us to raise a glass to St George,” said Roland Kannor, MD of Brentwood Brewing Company.

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With at least ten different draught, craft beers on the bar, brewed at Brentwood Brewery, hundreds of beer fans are expected attend the event and raise a glass to the honour of England’s Patron Saint. Perhaps the most fitting of them all would be a pint of George and the Dragon 3.8% ABV, brewed precisely for the purpose. It’s a courageous, thirst quenching, golden, traditional bitter – the beer of choice for dragon slayers everywhere. Entrance to the beer festival is free and all beer will be at the discounted price of £2 per pint.

Entertainments are planned throughout the day-long festival, including a local ukulele band, usually based at Barleylands Farm in Billericay, which will be performing in the afternoon, playing some well known, upbeat tunes.

Food served from the brewery’s Beer Grylls snack van will also be available.

Brentwood Brewery is next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop, off Ongar Road in Pilgrims Hatch. Parking is available.

For further information, contact Brentwood Brewery on 01277 200 483.

 

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St George

  • St George was a soldier in the Roman army. He was martyred when he was executed for his Christian belief on 23rd April 303 AD. Prior to that, legend has it that he slayed a dragon guarding a village well, saved a princess who was being offered as a human sacrifice and forever freed the village from the dragon’s tyranny.
  • Although associated with England, St George is celebrated as patron saint of 16 other countries throughout the world.
  • When Edward III founded the Knights of the Garter (a new order of chivalry) in 1348, he not only made St George the patron of the Order but declared him to be the Patron Saint of England. Until the end of the 1700s, St George’s Day was as widely celebrated as Christmas in England.
  • St George was not the first patron saint of England. It was 9th Century martyred King of East Anglia, St Edmund. St Edmund’s time as patron saint started to slide once King Richard I won a great victory after visiting the tomb of St George on the eve of a big battle. St George was then adopted as the King’s personal patron and protector of the army.
  • The English army continued to carry battle banners bearing the white dragon of St Edmund but by the reign of Edward I, the red cross of St George had joined them.
  • In the last decade at least two petitions to get St Edmund reinstated as Paton Saint of England have been rejected by the Government. An online petition about four years ago was backed by Bury St Edmunds based brewer, Greene King.

Hurrah for St George!

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