Brentwood Brewing Company and Billericay Brewing Company have decided to work more closely together. Whilst this informal, friendly arrangement will see the two breweries working in co-operation with each other, they will continue to operate as separate companies, each retaining their own identity, highly regarded, popular, award-winning beers and brands.
Despite being commercial rivals, a friendly relationship has existed between Brentwood Brewing Company and Billericay Brewing Company for some years. The two Essex craft breweries aim to build on this neighbourly relationship, to their mutual benefit.
It Makes Sense
For example, sharing deliveries will benefit both companies by not only reducing costs but their carbon footprints too.
Roland Kannor, Managing Director of Brentwood Brewing Company said: “The small brewing industry is very tough at the moment with 29 pubs a week shutting, four new breweries a week opening and a 20% increase in the price of barley for 2019.
“It makes perfect sense for breweries, like Brentwood and Billericay, to work together to utilise spare capacity in brewing, deliveries and staff to cut costs and to reduce their carbon footprints.”
Working Together in the Spirit of Co-operation
Billericay Brewing will make use of the extra production capacity that Brentwood Brewery has to offer. Brentwood’s bigger brewhouse facilities, next door to Calcott Hall Farm Shop off Ongar Road in Pilgrims Hatch, mean that Billericay can brew four times more beer per batch than before.
Trevor Jeffery, Director of Billericay Brewing Company said: “We are now at full capacity at Billericay Brewery and struggling to keep up with demand, so it will be a great move for us to brew our best-selling beers at the larger Brentwood Brewery.
“Shifting this production will also give us more space at Billericay and so we will be able to serve even more people at our popular micro-pub and brewery every weekend.”
The first batch of Billericay Brewing Company beer, Billericay Dickie 4.2% ABV (a balanced amber ale with biscuit notes), has already been brewed at Brentwood.
Bottles of popular Brentwood beers, like Brentwood Gold 4.3% ABV, will continue to be available at Billericay Brewery in their Essex Beer Shop. Billericay Brewery’s onsite bar, micro-pub and shop are just off Billericay High Street in Chapel Street.
Collaboration Brew & Competition
To celebrate this new arrangement, the two local breweries are planning a collaboration brew which should be ready for drinking in March. The new IPA 5% ABV beer is yet to be named, so the breweries have launched a competition inviting suggestions. There is an 18 pint Polypin of the new brew for the winner.
The new collaboration beer is due to be officially launched at Billericay Brewery’s Spring Beer Festival which runs from 21st – 24th March.
Brentwood Brewing Company began trading in 2006. Billericay Brewing Company started in 2012. Both companies are run by people with a passion for making and drinking the finest craft beer.
“We’re all looking forward to finding lots of other ways that we can work together in the future,” added Trevor.