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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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The Tap Room

Brentwood Brewery is delighted to announce that following a Twitter poll, the bar in the brewery shop has been named The Tap Room.

Almost three quarters of voters chose The Tap Room over three other potential names.  They were The Winchester, The Earl and The Earl’s Head.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the poll.

In The Tap Room at Brentwood Brewery you will find that two draught beers are always on the bar and a range of bottled Brentwood and Elephant School beers are available too.  If you fancy a pint, you know where to find us (Brentwood Brewery is next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop).

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The Tap Room (& Brewery Shop) Opening Times:

Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm

Saturdays 10.30am – 3.30pm

A wide range of branded Brentwood and Elephant School Brewing merchandise is available from the shop.  Prices start from £3.

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Smashed It!

The brewery’s team Fragile but Agile smashed it!  Not only did they complete the 13.2 mile Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday in impressively fast times but they smashed their own fund-raising target of £1,000 as well.

The eight-strong team, Holly, Ethan, Hal and Ralph Kannor along with friends, has so far raised more than £1,400 for charity, The Fragile X Society.  They ran the race 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.

Holly Kannor said:  “Thanks to so many generous donations we have already beaten our original fund raising target.  We’ve decided to push ourselves even harder and set a new target of £2,000.  We know the Fragile X Society will be able to do so much great work with this money.

“Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts for all the support we’ve been given.  Oakley is an amazing little boy and I cannot put into words how it makes me feel to know he has obviously touched so many people with is gorgeous smiles and infectious laughter.”

Ethan Hal and Ralph KannorFirst across the finish line in Team Fragile but Agile was Hal Kannor, in one hour and forty one minutes.  Not so long afterwards (just eleven minutes later) Ralph and Ethan Kannor completed their half marathon in one hour and fifty two minutes, crossing the finish line arm in arm together.

Hal joked:  “Of course, I was much faster than my brothers!  Almost a minute a mile faster.    I really enjoyed the atmosphere and buzz of taking part in the half marathon.

“Seriously though, thank you to everyone who has sponsored us.

“The training schedule remains busy because next month I’m doing the full Brighton Marathon with my brothers to hopefully raise more money for The Fragile X Society.”

Team Fragile but AgileLegs and feet may be weary but the team is delighted to have completed the run and to have raised such a fantastic sum for the charity which means so much to them.  Now nursing sore hips and knees Holly added:  “I’m so proud of team Fragile but Agile.  Seeing Oakley’s cheeky face at mile 10 and the support of the crowd cheering us on throughout,  supplying us with vital Jelly Babies, helped me push myself through the pain to keep going.  My sister Jennie and Eth helped me across the finish line.”

 

Ethan, Hal and Ralph Kannor along with friends Tom Whitehead and David Edwards are running The Brighton Marathon on 9th April.  For more details visit Team Fragile But Agile’s Just Giving page:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Team-Fragile-But-Agile

Brentwood Brewery is supporting The Fragile X Society with donations from every pint and bottle of specially brewed Fragile X Ale 4.3% ABV, going to the charity.

Go team Fragile But Agile!  We’re so proud of you.

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Team Fragile but Agile

Brentwood Brewery’s Team Fragile but Agile will be tackling the Brentwood Half Marathon this Sunday, raising money for charity, the Fragile X Society.

The 8 strong team (Ethan, Holly, Hal and Ralph Kannor, along with friends) wants to raise awareness of Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition which is the most common inherited cause of learning disability.

 

The brewery has produced Fragile X Ale (ABV 4.3%) to support the Essex- based national charity that helps children and families with the syndrome. For for every bottle or pint sold The Fragile X Society will receive a donation.

Fragile X Ale can be purchased from the Brewery’s Tap Room & Shop or ordered online:

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It’s a cause very close to the brewery’s heart as Ethan and Holly’s son Oakley has been diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome.

To find out more (and to sponsor Team Agile But Fragile if you’d like to), please visit their Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Team-Fragile-But-Agile

 

 

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The Kannor brothers won’t get much time to nurse their blisters and rest their feet as they’re taking on this year’s Brighton Marathon on April 9th, also raising money and awareness for the Fragile X Society.

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St George’s Beer Festival

Save the date

In honour of England’s Patron Saint and to celebrate St George’s Day (a day early),  the brewery’s first Beer Festival of 2017 will be on Saturday 22nd April 10.30am – 5pm.

All beer will be £2 per pint and a good range of Brentwood and Elephant School beers will be available.  Hurrah for St George!

On the beer list you will find George and the Dragon 3.8% ABV, brewed to celebrate St George’s Day.  It’s a courageous, brown, traditional bitter – the beer of choice for  dragon slayers everywhere.

In case you haven’t visited us before, we’re at Calcott Hall Farm, off Ongar Road.

Tweet us @BrentwoodBrewCo if you’re looking forward to joining us for the St George’s Day Beer Festival.

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Home Brew Championships

 

Calling all home brewing enthusiasts!  We have a great opportunity for you. Enter our Home Brew Championships competition and one lucky winner will be invited to the brewery to brew their winning recipe with us on a commercial scale. The beer will be entered into Chelmsford CAMRA Summer Beer Festival, The Brentwood Festival and various other summer beer festivals.

 

What you need to do:

  • Brew a golden beer, between 4-12 SRM or 8-22 EBC, any ABV, any style, using Muntons Malt (which can be purchased from us).
  • Get your entry, 2 litres of your beer, preferably in 500 ml bottles, and entry fee of £10 to us by Saturday 13th May.

Entrants are invited to the brewery on judging day, Saturday 20th May 10.30am – 5pm, where the competition winner will be announced. A variety of Brentwood and Elephant School beers will be on offer and there will be the chance to meet fellow home brewers to chat about all those wonderful beery experiences. Happy home brewing.

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Top Day Out

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a brewer for the day, let one of our happy Brewery Experience Day customers, Ian Challis, tell you about it.  He visited the brewery last week:

“I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you and your team for a great day yesterday.

“My Dad and I visited you for an Experience Day and had a brilliant time.  We were both made to feel very welcome and got very involved in helping produce a batch of your Chocwork Orange.  We really enjoyed the whole time we were there.

“Thanks again for an excellent day,” said Ian.

On your Brewery Experience Day you can brew your own beer with the team and learn about the processes as you go.  You’ll be treated to a pint and lunch too.  Then one week   later,  you can take home 18 pints of what you made.  This is a full day experience and makes an ideal gift for any beer lover or you could treat yourself, if you like.  A Brewery Experience Day at Brentwood Brewery costs £99 per person.

For more details or bookings please call us on 01277 200 483 or book online:

Brewing Experience Day

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Gold for Best

Brentwood Best is … Best Best of East Anglia!

Brentwood Brewery is proud and delighted to learn that Brentwood Best 4.2% ABV has scooped a Gold medal in the prestigious CAMRA Champion Beer of East Anglia Awards in the Best Bitters category.

Following several rounds of blind tasting by a CAMRA panel, judging concluded at Colchester Winter Beer Festival, where the announcement was made.

It means Brentwood Best has a chance in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition which is held at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in August.

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