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German Beer for Oktoberfest

Authentic, German brewed beer will be available at Brentwood Brewery’s first Oktoberfest Beer Festival on Saturday 23rd September thanks to the council’s Town Twinning Association links.  Brewers from the Pyraser Landbrauerei near Landkreis Roth, Brentwood’s twin town in Germany, will be making the trip to Essex to attend Oktoberfest as the brewery’s special guests.

“It’s true we have an ample supply of Brentwood and Elephant School beers in our cold store but we felt for our first Oktoberfest one vital, authentic element was missing – some genuine German beer.

“We’re delighted that our new friends at Pyraser Brewery will be joining us on the day. They’re bringing a good variety of different beers with them for our festival.

“For brewing they use natural spring water which is filtered through deep layers of sandstone.  The spring pops up behind their brewery, a former farm, at the edge of a forest.

“We cannot wait to meet the Pyraser brewers and, of course, sample some of their pure, delicious beer,” said Brentwood Brewery MD Roland Kannor.


Twin Town Connections

Introductions between breweries came about thanks to Cllr Jon Cloke who is not only a brewery friend but also Chairman of Brentwood Town Twinning Association.

“I do appreciate fine beer!  At Brentwood’s recent German Town-Twinning Beer Festival I was asked by Roland if we could get some German beer for his Oktoberfest.

“Using my town-twinning connection as chairman to Anne Klier the chairman in Landkreis Roth, we managed to get Brentwood Brewery talking to the Pyraser Brewery in Roth.  We now have a superb German brewery and a superb British brewery working together.  This is a major benefit from Town Twinning for both Brentwood and Landkreis Roth,” said Cllr Jon Cloke.

German Guests

Brentwood head brewer Ethan Kannor is keen to exchange brewing tips with the German guests who include brewmaster Johannes Schmalzl, brewer Alexander Langer and Alexander Schwab who handles publicity, events and marketing for Pyraser Landbrauerei.  On their return the trio will be taking a selection of Brentwood brewed beers back to their brewery.  And an invitation has been extended to the Brentwood brewing team for a visit to Pyraser Landbrauerei sometime soon.

Alongside 10 different varieties of German beer from Pyraser Brewery there will be a wide range of Brentwood and Elephant School beers, craft brewed in Brentwood, on offer too.  Food and snacks served from the brewery’s Beer Grylls snack van will continue the German theme with currywurst and other German-style snacks.

Know Any Bands?

“We’re planning to have live music, but at the moment haven’t managed to secure a local band.  If anyone can help out, please get in touch with us at the brewery,” added Roland.

Charity Collection

A charity collection will be made on the day in aid of Little Doves Christian Pre-School in Navestock (

Free Beer

“Dressing up is optional but there couldn’t be a better time to dust off your Dirndl or look out your Lederhosen because Roland has promised a free pint to anyone who dresses up Bavarian style for Oktoberfest,” said brewery press officer Wendy Pike.

Brentwood Brewery is next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop off Ongar Road in Pilgrims Hatch.  Oktoberfest is 23rd September 10.30am – 5pm.

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