Brewery News

Brewery Panto Audience Helps SNAP Charity

Generous Christmas beer festival goers who watched Brentwood Brewery’s free Christmas Panto have raised £160 for Warley-based, Essex children’s charity, Special Needs and Parents (SNAP).

Sam Tandy & Penny Hollington of SNAP Charity and Ethan Kannor and Ralph Kannor (sitting) of Brentwood Brewery | Photo by Wendy Pike

“Top hats off to the talented team at Brentwood Brewery for raising funds and awareness for SNAP in such an entertaining way.
“The brewery’s community spirit is an inspiration and their continued support for our charity is greatly appreciated by the SNAP team and the thousands of families that fundraising like this helps to make a difference to.”

Michelle Andrews, SNAP’s Events and Marketing Manager

The Drunkest Showman Cast | Photo by Sam Bowtell

The panto, The Drunkest Showman, was performed at the brewery’s Christmas Beer Festival (7th December) by a cast comprising of the brewery team, the Kannor family and some good friends. The family-friendly show was written by MD Roland Kannor’s youngest son, Ralph.

Ralph Kannor | Photo by Wendy Pike

As well as scripting the production and adapting the lyrics to a handful of songs from The Greatest Showman, Ralph played the lead role and directed the show.

Special mention to Ralph Kannor for his screenwriting, composing, directing and acting skills – Hugh Jackman would be impressed!

Michelle Andrews.

SNAP ambassador Penny Hollington, joined the panto cast, playing the key role of Buddy the Devil, an evil lager rep.

Penny Hollington as Buddy the Devil in The Drunkest Showman | Photo by Holly Kannor

“SNAP is a good cause very close to all our hearts. We know first hand what wonderful work the charity undertakes, working with and supporting the families of children with special needs or disabilities as they have helped us and my son Oakley.”

Head Brewer Ethan Kannor

“We’re looking forward to more fun and fundraising with another brewery production this year.

Our thanks to everyone who came along to support the Christmas Beer Festival and Panto and all those who generously made voluntary donations to SNAP charity.”

MD Roland Kannor

L-R Phil Pebardy, Andy Webb and Paul Buckley appearing in The Greatest Showman
Photo by Wendy Pike

Brentwood Brewery won the Society of Independent Brewers’ National Community Brewer of the Year Award in 2018.

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We’re Open Every Day Until Christmas Eve

Whether you’re after some beery Christmas gift inspiration, a quick pint at the bar in our Tap Room, or Brentwood Beer in bottles or Polypins to buy and enjoy at home, the Brewery Shop is now open every day until Christmas Eve. (See below for opening times.)

Frosty Baubles – The Perfect Festive Pint

Have you tried our Christmas beers? Frosty Baubles and Good Elf.

Celebrate this Christmas with a Pint of Brentwood Beer

The Brewery Team will be taking a well-deserved break from 25th – 27th December inclusive.

The Brewery Shop will then re-open on Saturday 28th, close Sunday 29th and open again Monday 30th December.

New Year’s Eve, 31st December we’ll be open 9am – Noon. On New Year’s Day we’re closed.

We’re back to regular opening hours on Thursday 2nd January.

Merry Christmas from Brentwood Brewery

A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, A pocket full of money and a cellar full of (Brentwood) Beer.

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The Drunkest Showman Panto

‘Awesome’, ‘epic’ and ‘huge fun’ is the verdict on Brentwood Brewing Company’s second annual pantomime, The Drunkest Showman, which took place at the brewery’s Christmas Beer Festival (Saturday 7th December).

To encourage donations to local children’s charity SNAP, members of the brewery team, family and friends who comprised the cast, entertained festival goers with an hour long, family-friendly, free production, written by MD Roland Kannor’s youngest son, Ralph.

Panto Time – Performing The Drunkest Showman at Brentwood Brewery
Photo: Holly Kannor

Praise for Panto

“It was epic! A great way to kick off the festive season.”

Paul Young (Facebook).

“Great afternoon. Huge fun, amusing and well presented show and such a nice atmosphere. Well done.”

Robert Bass (Facebook).

Hugh Jackman Lookalike Ralph Kannor as Roland in The Drunkest Showman Panto
Photo: Wendy Pike

As well as writing the panto script and adapting the lyrics to five songs from The Greatest Showman, Ralph Kannor directed the show and played the lead role of Roland, his father.

Ralph as Roland Making it Big
Photo: Holly Kannor

“It was a big nose to fill but hopefully I did the iconic character that is my Dad, justice. Thank you to everyone for making my stupidity a reality.”

Ralph Kannor

The Kannor Family, Brewery Team and Friends as The Cast of The Drunkest Showman
Photo: Sam Bowtell

Head Brewer Ethan Kannor and Roland’s wife Debbie Kannor played themselves. Daughter Hope Kannor, got to wear last year’s Brexit the Cow panto costume from Jack and the Beerstalk as Moo-Ber the Pedestrian Taxi. Roland was the Narrator.

In the tradition of pantomime and in the style of The Greatest Showman, this unique show started by telling the brewery’s own story from the spark of an idea in a pub. Then, time travelling, to a dystopian, imagined future of a corporate buy-out, automated production and worse still, a product lacking in taste and integrity. A wake-up call follows which focusses Roland’s mind on the values that really matter. The story jumps back to the present day for a happy ending, with a rousing power anthem finishing the show.

Bearded Ladies Conducted by Penny Hollington as Buddy The Devil – Singing This is Me
Photo: Holly Kannor

There was the usual panto audience participation, a professional heckler and with printed song sheets at the ready, the audience was encouraged to join in the singing. Adults also had the option of buying a ticket so they could enjoy five different beers written into the panto that were served during the show, with a donation going to SNAP charity.

Heckler, Brewer Dave Golding Enjoying a Pint at the Panto
Photo: Holly Kannor

SNAP ambassador Penny Hollington, joined the cast playing a key role as Buddy the Devil, an evil Lager Rep and was delighted with the audience’s response, booing her character so heartily.

Penny Hollington Lapping Up the Booing She Received as Buddy The Devil
Photo: Holly Kannor

“It was tremendous fun again for us and it seemed to go down pretty well with the audience as, surprisingly, we even got an encore, so it couldn’t have been too bad.

“The panto was about fun, the local community coming together to bring some festive cheer to entertain local people and raise a little cash for SNAP charity. Incidentally, if you didn’t see the panto but would like to make a donation, we’re still collecting,” said MD Roland.

Sam Bowtell from Hutton and Dan Gardner from Brentwood Enjoying All the Fun of the Fair at Brentwood Brewery’s Christmas Beer Festival and Panto, The Drunkest Showman
Photo: Wendy Pike

With limited resources for the set and costumes, there were some clever,
creative solutions, design ideas and props.

Brewery Sales Manager Brett Sanders acted as technical guru and Sound Manager.

Brett Sanders Sales & Sound Manager Twiddling Knobs on His Sound Desk
Photo: Wendy Pike

Other cast members included Brewer Dave Golding (Heckler and Elephant), Office Manager Carol Tomsett and freelance Press Officer Wendy Pike (Staff, Bearded Ladies and Pub Punters), Phil Peberdy (Italian Chef and Brewer, Welsh Bartender, Scouse Bartender and Lager Bod, Bubble Boy), Paul Buckley (Dave Holmes, Staff and Bearded Lady) and Andy Webb (Staff, Pub Punter and most attractive Bearded Lady).

Phil Peberdy as Franco the Italian Chef & Brewer Trying Not to Eat Himself as He’s Dressed As a Pizza, Andy Webb and Paul Buckley Rocking Their Foxy Bearded Lady Costumes
Photo: Wendy Pike
Bearded Lady Andy Webb Taking a Beer Break in the Interval
Photo: Holly Kannor

Ahead of the performance, The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Keith Parker, popped into the festival to chat with festival goers, wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’ and say ‘break a leg’ to the brewery team.

The Mayor of Brentwood Cllr Keith Parker Pre- Show With Some of the Brewery Panto Cast
Photo: Wendy Pike

The brewery’s festive beers, Frosty Baubles and Good Elf were among the dozen on the real ale menu along with a new milk stout from Brentwood’s Elephant School brand, My Milk Stout Brings All the Bulls to the Yard.

The Audience Gathers in Readiness for the Panto to Begin
Photo: Wendy Pike

Hungry festival goers were catered for too with freshly hand made pizzas on offer by Emily and Chris Grey of Azure Wood-Fired Pizza from Braintree.

Chris & Emily of Azure Wood-Fired Pizza at Brentwood Brewery
Photo: Wendy Pike

Earlier in the day Shenfield Operatic Society performed at the beer festival, singing traditional Christmas Carols. Their next production, The Producers, takes place at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch from 29 January – 1 February next year.

Ralph in a Tutu as a Bearded Lady
Photo: Holly Kannor

“There was some very clever scripting. The Drunkest Showman was an amazing show which would easily fit on the West End stage.”

Gerry Giant from Rayleigh

“We really enjoyed ourselves. Can’t wait until next year.”

Bill Amos (Facebook).

The curtain may only just have come down on this year’s brewery panto but already there is talk of another show next year.

One possibility is a Dickens theme. Plus there is mention of a potential inaugural summer extravaganza, Mamma Bia (Beer).

“All credit to Ralph for his vision, commitment and for writing the show, adapting the songs and playing the lead. And no, I haven’t got a big nose!

But big thanks also to everyone who gave up their time for rehearsals and helped to make the panto happen and of course to everyone who came along to watch and join in.”

Roland

Roland Kannor The Hungry Narrator Sizing Up Phil Peberdy’s Franco Pizza Costume
Photo: Wendy Pike

Tryanuary 2020 Beer Tasting

Brentwood Brewery’s next event will be Tryanuary beer tasting on Saturday 18th January. Tickets at £10, which include 5 beers, are available from the Brewery Shop. “Everyone is welcome. People can come on the day without a ticket and buy any beer they like, we’ll have plenty of choice” said Roland.

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Special Offer for Beer Lovers

With festive gift shopping on the agenda over the coming weeks, Brentwood Brewery has come up with an irresistible special offer for beer lovers. Spend £30 or more in one transaction in the Brewery Shop before Christmas and get a free ticket to our Tryanuary event on Saturday 18th January 2020.

Tickets normally cost £10 each and include five half pints of Brentwood Beer. For Beer Club members entrance is free.

Stuck for gift ideas? How about a Christmas Beer Hamper (£22) or Gift Pack? Four bottle packs are £14.50. And six bottle packs £19.

Brentwood Beer Hamper: 4 x bottles of Brentwood Beer, branded glass, pen, bar towel and bottle opener key ring

With the Tap Room keeping the same opening hours as the Brewery Shop, an added bonus of shopping at the brewery is the sweet possibility of enjoying a pint whilst you get some Christmas shopping done. Now that’s what we call multitasking!

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Devilishly Good Hallowe’en

Several skeletons, a glamorous vampire and a dog-dragon were among the
substantial crowd of visitors who enjoyed some devilishly good Hallowe’en
fun at Brentwood Brewery’s latest beer festival. (Saturday 26th October.)

“We were very pleased to welcome everyone who came along to enjoy our early Hallowe’en event, the Spooky Sausage Beer Festival and would like to thank them for coming, especially as England played a very important rugby match that morning. And well done to everyone who dressed up.”

Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company

Visitors wearing Hallowe’en outfits were given a free pint of Brentwood Beer.
Aptly, Spooky Moon, Haunted Holmes and Devil’s Dyke were on the real ale
menu which included 9 draught and cask beers. And to add to the the eerie
ambience, the brewery was decorated with spiders and pumpkins.

The Sidekicks

Acoustic duo The Sidekicks, Hilary Cornell and Wayne Tinsley, from
Chelmsford, kept everyone entertained throughout the afternoon, performing
a lively mix of popular tunes from the 60s onwards. For many visitors, it was
their first introduction to the Cajon, played by Hilary. It’s a simple percussion
instrument that originates from Peru which looks like a wooden box.

‘Vampire’ Jennifer Porter | Photo: Wendy Pike

Looking rather more chic than scary, ‘vampire’ Jennifer Porter from Harold Wood was pleased to try a pint of Head Brewer Ethan Kannor’s latest beery creation. The milk stout brewed in Brentwood under the Elephant School Brewing brand, My Milk Stout Brings All the Bulls to the Yard. The name was inspired by the Kelis pop hit of 2003. “It’s smooth and easy to drink,” said Jennifer. The new stout seemed to be popular with other festival goers too as pints of it disappeared pretty swiftly.

The brewery’s Dean Beckwith was head chef, sizzling the ‘spooky’ sausages to serve to hungry festival goers. Dean had some help in the kitchen as his sons Lloyd and Dan pitched in too with Dan taking on the role of quality control, sampling the fare.

L-R Lloyd, Dan & Dean Beckwith | Photo: Wendy Pike
Rubble The Vampire Dragon Dog and Owner Mike McMahon from Hornchurch | Photo: Wendy Pike

Brewery regular Rubble the bulldog, who, since he was a tiny pup, has been
attending beer festivals with his owner Mike McMahon from Hornchurch,
turned heads in his colourful vampire dragon outfit.

Rubble the Vampire Dragon Dog | Photo: Wendy Pike
L-R Nicki & Adam Cragg, Roland Kannor, Jennifer Porter, The Sidekicks – Hilary Cornell & Wayne Tinsley | Photo: Wendy Pike

“Despite the Hallowe’en theme it wasn’t too scary, the atmosphere was relaxed, as it usually is. Thankfully, our vampire and skeleton visitors were more interested in enjoying a pint or two and having a chat with friends rather than frightening people.”

Roland Kannor

Adam & Nicki Cragg from Witham | Photo: Wendy Pike

Skeleton couple Adam and Nicki Crabb from Witham embellished their
Hallowe’en outfits, complete with masks, with sparkly purple and orange
tinsel. And dressed as a skeleton, 9 year old Lexi Ranger from Herongate
enjoyed a game of chess with her Dad, Mark Ranger.

9 Yr old Lexi Ranger with her Dad Mark Ranger From Herongate Playing Chess

Brentwood Brewery’s next beer festival, The Drunkest Showman & Christmas Beer Festival takes place on Saturday 7th December 11am – 5pm. Following the success of last year’s brewery panto, Jack and the Beerstalk, at 2pm the brewery team and friends will perform (for free) a freshly penned pantomime, The Drunkest Showman. Written by Roland’s youngest son Ralph Kannor in the style of The Greatest Showman, this unique production tells the brewery’s own story from the spark of an idea in a pub to the present day. The audience can expect plenty of corny jokes, energetic acting and enthusiastic singing.

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Fabulous Oktoberfest

The attraction of Bavarian and Brentwood beer, German themed food and OomPah music led to a well-attended Oktoberfest and a ‘sehr gut’ event for Brentwood Brewery in partnership with Brentwood/Landkreis Roth Town Twinning Association.

“We were happy to see so many visitors to the brewery for Oktoberfest, enjoying the relaxed, fun vibe. The weather was kind to us once again, which always helps.

“Our co-organisers, members of the town twinning association, were kept busy serving food all day. Proceeds from food sales went to the twinning association’s funds. They also received a donation from us for every German bier sold. And it all went.”

Brewery MD Roland Kannor

Busy Oktoberfest at Brentwood Brewery

Beer

On the town twinning association’s recent trip to Roth in Germany, Cllr Jon Cloke made a special trip to the Pyraser Landbrauerei to pick up some crates of beer for Oktoberfest. Bottles of five different varieties disappeared rapidly with the Dunkel, or dark beer, going first.

Cllr Jon Cloke With Bavarian Beer From The Pyraser Landbrauerei
Cllr Noelle Hones Sizzling Sausages

Bangers

Jon and his wife Cllr Noelle Hones were kept busy cooking and serving sausages to hungry festival goers, whilst other members of the town twinning association, including Chairman Elizabeth Scannell, served dessert, apple strudel and cream.

Cllr Jon Cloke & Cllr Noelle Hones Cooking & Serving Sausages at Oktoberfest

“We hope Octoberfest gave visitors a glimpse into how much Brentwood’s link with Roth can give to each town.   We’re greeted like old friends when we visit Roth and we aim to give our German guests a good time when they come over here, showing them what Brentwood and Essex have to offer.

“We’re always delighted to welcome new members and you don’t need to speak German as our friends want to practise their English.”

Elizabeth Scannell

Elizabeth Scannell and Diane Matthews Serving Apple Strudel

Books

Local historian, author and writer Sylvia Kent from Billericay chose to launch her twelfth and latest book, Brentwood in 50 Buildings, at Oktoberfest (Saturday 28th September). She chatted to festival goers and signed copies of her new book which charts the town’s history from a clearing in the forest and a stopping place on the main route to London from Colchester, to the twenty first century.

Author Sylvia Kent with James Parker from Brentwood at Oktoberfest

Brentwood in 50 Buildings is available in local bookshops, online at Amberley Publishing and from Sylvia herself. For further details see www.sylviakent.blogspot.com.

Charity

Megan Webb with Pippa

Brewery friend Megan Webb popped into Oktoberfest with her dog Pippa.  Megan, who works for anti modern slavery charity A21, was enjoying some time out.  Recently Megan’s been busy working on the charity’s worldwide Walk for Freedom event. (19th October).

Birthday

Birthday Boy John Bagley and Friends

Celebrating his birthday at Oktoberfest with family and friends, John Bagley swapped his birthday cake hat for a Bavarian style one in honour of the occasion. Although Roland had promised a free pint to anyone wearing traditional Bavarian costume, he didn’t have to give away too many beers. Only one other festival goer, Taylor Daniels from Brentwood, got to enjoy a freebie.

Free Pint

Taylor Daniels from Brentwood

Spooky Sausage Beer Festival – Saturday 26th October

“Well done Taylor. The brewery team loves dressing up and we love a beer festival too. Happily, Hallowe’en provides the perfect opportunity to combine both beer drinking and dressing up. So we’re holding a fancy dress competition at our Spooky Sausage Beer Festival on Saturday 26th October and hope you can join us at Brentwood Brewery between 11am – 5pm. Dressing up is optional, beer drinking is hugely encouraged.”

Roland Kannor

Fabulous Oktoberfest

With nine Brentwood and Elephant School draught ales on the bar, nobody went thirsty at Oktoberfest.

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Calling All CAMRA Members

If you’re a Brentwood Beer fan and a CAMRA member, can we persuade you to do us a big favour? It won’t take long and we’re told it’s quite painless.

The voting has started in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the World. Although the winners are not due to be announced until the Trade Session of the Great British Beer Festival in London next summer, we really need your help NOW.

Can Brentwood Brewery Count on Your Vote?

CAMRA is calling for as many members as possible to play a vital role in the competition by selecting the beers for final judging at GBBF in August 2020. All you need to do is visit CAMRA’s new, user-friendly online voting platform on their website. Before voting you’ll need to read their Voting Guidelines.

Then head to their Voting Page where you’ll need your membership number and online password in order to sign in. Then you can nominate and vote for your favourite Brentwood beer (we hope).

There is even a short tutorial video to take you through the voting process.

This is your chance to have your say on which beer could ultimately be crowned Champion Beer of Britain 2020.

We hope you’ll support your local brewery and your favourite Brentwood Beer. As the saying goes ‘you have to be in to win it.’ Roland, Ethan and all the brewery team are most grateful for your help.

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Wonderful Beer, Cheese, Music & Sunshine

The sun shone, the band, Thirsty Work, played for the entire afternoon and beer fans flocked to our Summer Beer & Cheese Festival (Saturday 17th August.)

“We’d like to thank everyone who came along to make the day such a wonderful success. It has to be one of the best Beer Festivals we’ve ever had. The great weather certainly helped.”

Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company.

Steve Dempsey & Adrian Pallett of Thirsty Work | Photo: Wendy Pike

As well as playing live music, Steve Dempsey and Adrian Pallett of duo Thirsty Work, like to brew beer. Assisted by Adrian’s brother Steve, in their spare time the trio brews real ale in a garden cabin in Doddinghurst, giving away their brews to friends. These hobbyist brewers, aka, ‘The Doddinghurst Brewery’ brought along an English Pale Ale, a Golden Wheat Ale and a Sweet Spicy Amber Ale of theirs for festival goers to sample for free. And feedback for their beer was very encouraging.

Cheese expert Brian Lynn from Pilgrims Hatch was kept very busy throughout the day, serving plates of bread and cheese to hungry festival goers.

Brian ‘The Cheese’ Lynn Serving a Selection of Cheeses | Photo: Wendy Pike

There was plenty of draught, keg and bottled Brentwood and Elephant School Beers on offer as well as a new creation, Hopper Strange Thing, which seemed to go down rather well. Also on the beer list was one from our pals at Billericay Brewing Company, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

A Gromit-less ‘Wallace’ Serving Behind the Bar | Photo: Wendy Pike

One half of the celebrity, cheese-loving pair Wallace & Gromit made a brief appearance, pulling pints behind the bar and posing for photographs with Roland and Brian.

“Oooh Lovely Cheese” – Roland Kannor, ‘Wallace’ (David Nicholson) and Brian Lynn at Brentwood Brewery’s Beer & Cheese Festival | Photo: Wendy Pike

Although Gromit was a no-show, the brewery was pleased to welcome so many cute canines to the festival including 15 week old English Bulldog puppy Frank from Hutton with his owner Joshua.

Cute English Bulldog Puppy Frank from Hutton | Photo: Wendy Pike
Honey, All The Way From Bromley in Kent | Photo: Wendy Pike
Beau of Brentwood | Photo: Wendy Pike
Rosie (red) & Nala of Colchester | Photo: Wendy Pike

As always there was a relaxed vibe at the festival with visitors enjoying the sunshine, a little cheese, a pint or two and listening to the live music.

Fabulous Brentwood Beer
Hope Kannor Serving Cllr Jon Cloke
Cheers to Brentwood Beer
Dancing to the Band
Thirsty Work for Thirsty Work
Busy at the Bar
Nice Cheese
Listening to the Band Thirsty Work
Enjoying the Beer

Among the brewery’s invited guests were two local organisations – charity Little Doves Christian Pre-School from Navestock and voluntary, not-for-profit, local residents’ group, The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership.

L-R Debbie Kannor and Pam Biddulph of Little Doves Christian Pre-School with Cllr Jon Cloke, President of Brentwood Rotary Club, Outside Brentwood Brewery | Photo: Wendy Pike

As President of Brentwood Rotary Club, Cllr Jon Cloke announced at the Beer Festival that Little Doves Christian Pre-School was to be his charity of the year.

Sue Simpson (Vice Chairperson), John Hasselgreen (volunteer) and Roisin Cassels (Chairperson) of The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership | Photo: Wendy Pike

Representatives from The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership (PHCP) were at the Beer Festival to raise awareness of the group and the work they undertake, like litter picking and bulb planting, to enhance the neighbourhood’s environment.

“We must thank Brian Lynn, Thirsty Work, President of Brentwood Rotary Club Cllr Jon Cloke, Little Doves Christian Pre-School and The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership for making our festival such a wonderfully enjoyable community event.”

Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company

Brentwood Brewery’s next beer festival will be Oktoberfest on Saturday 28th September 11am – 5pm. The event is being organised in partnership with Brentwood Landkreis Roth Town Twinning Association and both Brentwood brewed and German beer, from Pyraser Landbrauerei of Thalmässing in Bavaria, will be available.

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Stinking Bishop! Beer & Cheese Fest Saturday

We’ve been hard at work taste-testing combinations of cheeses with a variety of our beers to compile a menu of flavour pairing suggestions for our Beer & Cheese Festival which takes place at Brentwood Brewery this Saturday (17th August).

Cheese & Beer – Great Combination

We’ll be open from 11am – 5pm and hope you can join us for fun, as always, a bit of cheese, a pint or two and some live music.

A Varied Selection of Brentwood and Elephant School Beers Will Be Available

Beer & Cheese Pairing Suggestion Menu

We’re offering three pieces of bread and any three cheeses for £5.

As well as a good selection of real ales from Brentwood and Elephant School we’ll also have some port.

Cheese With Bread and A Pint of Brentwood Beer or Glass of Port?

The band Thirsty Work from Doddinghurst will be performing at the brewery between 2pm and 4pm. When they’re not playing, they also brew beer. We loved them at this year’s Brentwood Festival presents Evoke and look forward to seeing their gig at the brewery on Saturday.

We hope you can join us. Please spread the word to your friends and fellow beer lovers.

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Mustangs, Music & Beer

Brentwood Brewery’s Summer Beer Festival wasn’t all just about the beer this time.

One of 30 Mustangs at Brentwood Brewery | Photo: Wendy Pike

A visit from members of the British and Belgian Mustang Societies created a spectacle for festival goers to enjoy too – the sight of 30 highly polished Ford Mustangs parked outside the brewery.

Mustangs at Brentwood Brewery | Photo: Wendy Pike

The Mustang owners took a mini tour of the brewery with MD Roland Kannor, before enjoying the festival atmosphere themselves.

“There was so much love for the Mustangs. And there’s nothing like the sound of a six litre engine revving up. Their visit was a truly inspiring experience. I’d love to own a Mustang.”

Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company

Vintage Mustang from Belgium | Photo: Wendy Pike
Megan Webb from the charity A21, the Cart Shed Restaurant team, the team from J W Ice Cream Company, The Mayor & Mayoress of Brentwood, Cllr Keith Parker & his wife Frances, Head Brewer Ethan Kannor, MD Roland Kannor and The Soniks at Brentwood Brewery’s Summer Beer Festival 2019
Photo: Wendy Pike

The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Keith Parker and The Mayoress, his wife Frances, joined festival goers for a lunchtime drink and a chat (Saturday 8th June).

J W Ice Cream Company

The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Keith Parker & The Mayoress, Frances Parker with the team from J W Ice Cream Company

They also got the chance to sample some locally made ice cream when they visited Tracy and Jay Weekes on their stand. J W Ice Cream Company, based in Grays, makes alcohol infused ice creams and sorbets. The company is currently developing a Brentwood Brewing Company Chockwork Orange ice cream and an Elephant School Sombrero sorbet

Tracey & Jay Weekes of J W Ice Cream Company from Grays

The Soniks

Local band The Soniks entertained everyone in the afternoon, playing their first gig at the brewery. Mark McClaran from Harold Wood (lead vocals and guitar), Paul Campbell from Southend (drums) and Paul Hubbard from Horndon on the Hill (bass guitar and vocals), played well known tunes by groups like The Jam, The Who and Kinks, among others.

The Soniks L-R Mark McClaran, Paul Campbell & Paul Hubbard Photo: Wendy Pike

The trio, a pure mod, soul and R & B band, will be playing the main stage at The Brentwood Festival presents Evoke on Saturday 13th July. On 11th August they will play at the Animal Aid Festival for Hopefield Animal Sanctuary at Herongate Cricket Green. Their Facebook page has a full list of upcoming gigs.

Enjoying a Pint in the Sunshine | Photo: Wendy Pike

A21 The Charity

Raising awareness for A21, the charity that aims to ‘abolish slavery everywhere forever’, fundraiser Megan Webb took to the microphone to give a short talk ahead of The Soniks’ performance. The anti human trafficking charity had a stand full of information about modern day slavery, explaining how to spot the signs and what to do if you see it.

Megan Webb, Fundraiser for A21 charity aiming to ‘abolish slavery everywhere forever’ Photo: Wendy Pike

Many festival goers were shocked by the statistics. There are millions of slaves in the world today and it’s estimated that just 1% of victims are ever rescued and only 1% of traffickers are ever convicted. And, surprisingly, slavery is a big problem in the UK.

It’s estimated there are between ten and thirteen thousand victims of slavery in the UK. Just over half are adults and 45% are children. Of those forced into exploitation in this country 60% are men, 39% women and 1% transgender. Before becoming enslaved, the common factor they shared was just being vulnerable. More information is available at www.A21.org. (Modern Slavery Hotline: 08000 121 700.)

The Cart Shed Restaurant

Will Aldis sampling some of his own fare.
Will along with Vicky Fitzpatrick of The Cart Shed Restaurant, Epping | Photo Wendy Pike

Aside from the charity’s hard hitting messages, the atmosphere was relaxed as festival goers enjoyed the variety of cask, keg and bottled Brentwood and Elephant School beers on the ale list. Hot food and snacks served by Will Aldis and Vicky Fitzpatrick of The Cart Restaurant, Epping were also available at the festival.

Supping Some Brentwood Beer | Photo: Wendy Pike

Thanks

“Our thanks to everyone who came along to make the Summer Beer Festival such a fun and enjoyable day. We’re already planning our next do, which is a Beer & Cheese Festival on Saturday 17th August. Hope you can join us.”

Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company

Photo: Wendy Pike
Photo: Wendy Pike
Photo: Wendy Pike

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