Brewery News

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


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


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


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


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 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 (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


“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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Summer Beer Festival on Saturday

Fabulous Brentwood Beer, freshly cooked food, fast cars, foot-tapping tunes and a good cause sum up our plans for this Saturday’s Summer Beer Festival (8th June). We’re busy getting ready for a fun-filled day and hope you can join us at Brentwood Brewery between 11am and 5pm.

Beer Menu

The Beer List has been confirmed and with a choice of cask, keg and bottled ales, all brewed in Brentwood, there is sure to be a beer to suit your tastes. We’ll have cider, gin, Prosecco, wine and soft drinks too.

Between about 11am and 1pm we’re expecting a visit from The British Mustang Society with their counterparts from Belgium, along with their Mustangs, so for petrol heads and fans of fast cars, there’s likely to be a good photo opportunity in the carpark.

Freshly Cooked Food

As for food, we have freshly cooked, hot food and snacks being served throughout the day by our friends from The Cart Shed Restaurant of Epping. And delicious alcohol infused ice creams from J W Ice Cream Company based in Grays.

The Soniks

From 2 – 4pm there’ll be musical entertainment by The Soniks. Their repertoire usually includes well known tunes from The Who, Small Faces, Kinks, The Jam and Paul Weller. The trio will also be playing the main stage at the Brentwood Festival in July (13th).


We’re also being joined by A21, a charity whose mission is to abolish slavery everywhere forever. Through awareness raising, intervention and aftercare, their aim is to end human trafficking.

Roland and the Brewery Team hope you can join them for a refreshing summer pint or two, a chat, a laugh and a generally great time.

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Canine Companions

It was good to see so many wet noses and waggy tails at the brewery’s Spring Beer Festival. We’ve never seen so many four legged visitors at the brewery before.

Hearing Dog Rusty | Photo: Wendy Pike

First there was Rusty, The Hearing Dog with his owner Sophie. Then, of course, it wouldn’t be a beer festival without an appearance from Rubble the bulldog from Hornchurch. He’s been attending brewery events since he was a tiny, sleepy pup. Now he’s six months old. Suddenly he’s all grown up.

Six Month Old Rubble with Owner Mike | Photo: Wendy Pike
Rubble the bulldog puppy at Christmas Beer Festival | Photo: Wendy Pike

Also caught on camera accompanying their owners were Molly and Turbo from Brentwood.

Molly | Photo: Wendy Pike
Turbo | Photo: Wendy Pike

Also Whoopi Goldberg, Milo and Jackson from Pilgrims Hatch.

Whoopi Goldberg & Owner Keiron | Photo: Wendy Pike
Milo | Photo: Wendy Pike
Jackson | Photo: Wendy Pike

Perhaps they had all sniffed out news of the brewery’s special Sherlock Bones dog biscuits? Sherlock Bones are additive free and handmade locally using just three natural ingredients – the brewery’s spent grain, flour and egg.

Sherlock Bones are available from the brewery shop (£3.50 per packet).

Apologies to any canine festival goers who missed our photographer. There’s always next time. Our Summer Beer Festival is on Saturday 8th June.

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Spring Beer Fest Fun

After rain, chilly winds, hailstones and even a few flakes of snow, the sun finally shone on Brentwood Brewery’s Spring Beer Festival, demonstrating the unlikely probability of getting four seasons in one day. With more than a dozen different cask, keg and draught beers to choose from, there was plenty for real ale fans to enjoy.

“Our Spring Beer Festival (Saturday 13th April) went very well indeed. We were delighted to welcome so many visitors to the brewery and we’d like to thank everyone who came along to support the festival.”

Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company

Spring Sunshine at Beer Festival | Photo: Wendy Pike

A very clever dog, Rusty, and his owner Sophie Biebuyck were among the brewery’s special guests, representing Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and raising awareness for the charity.

Sophie & Rusty

“People often don’t consider the impact of hearing loss as it’s not something you can see. It can be very isolating. Rusty makes an invisible problem, visible. He has been trained to alert deaf people to everyday sounds and is a very practical help. He tells me when the alarm clock goes off or the door bell rings and the cooker timer too.”

Sophie Biebuyck

Hearing Dog Rusty | Photo: Wendy Pike

As Bennetts Funerals are supporting the charity this year, they joined Rusty and Sophie at the festival.

Jane Bennett, Sophie Biebuyck & Hearing Dog Rusty | Photo: Wendy Pike

“Having met the two members of this great partnership last year I realised what a fantastic difference Rusty has made to Sophie’s life.
“The more the profile can be raised for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, hopefully the more money can be raised to provide hearing dogs for other people too.”

Managing Director Jane Bennett

Returning to the brewery were Jay and Tracy Weekes of J W Ice Cream Company from Chafford Hundred with their luxury range of artisan ice creams including some of their alcohol-infused ones (just for the grown ups). Their latest product is a Chockwork Orange beer infused ice cream.

Jay & Tracy Weekes of JW Ice Cream Company | Photo: Wendy Pike

“We’ve been giving out free samples to see if people like them. It’s in the development stage at the moment. We’ll be working with Brentwood Brewing Company and hopefully the Chockwork Orange ice cream will soon be available to buy at the brewery.”

Tracy Weekes

One festival goer and Chockwork fan gave the new ice cream an immediate thumbs up.

Daniel Jackson | Photo: Wendy Pike

After collecting a second tub of the ice cream and with a pint of Chockwork in hand, Daniel Jackson from Harold Hill said:

“I like the ice cream and the beer itself. They pair extremely well.”

Daniel Jackson

Local band, The Locals, from Herongate provided the musical entertainment. For the musicians and singers: Alan Kemp, Dan Tucker, Phil Way, Paul Hansen, Alan Binks and Pete Hewitt, it was their first performance at the brewery.

“We enjoyed ourselves too and look forward to a return gig.”

Band leader Alan Kemp

The Locals | Photo: Wendy Pike

The Locals will be playing more Rock and Roll at their next gig at The White Horse in Coxtie Green on Saturday 27th April.

Vicky Fitzpatrick, Will Aldiss and Jodie Bell of the Cartshed Restaurant, Epping also returned to the brewery. This time the trio cooked a large hog roast, roast chicken and snacks which were well received by hungry festival goers.

Vicky Fitzpatrick, Will Aldiss and Jodie Bell | Photo: Wendy Pike

“We’re always on the lookout for different local charities to come along to our events and to raise awareness about the work they do. So if any charities in the Brentwood and surrounding area would like to get in touch, we’d love to hear from them. The same goes for any local bands too. Please get in touch.

“The next beer festival at Brentwood Brewery is on Saturday 8th June, complete with 20 touring Mustangs.”

Roland Kannor

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Author Helps Launch Workhouse IPA

The collaboration beer by Billericay and Brentwood Breweries
celebrating their new friendly, co-operative working relationship was launched
at Billericay’s Spring Beer Festival with help from local author Sylvia Kent.

At the launch, writer and author Sylvia supped a small taster of the new beer,
Workhouse IPA 5%, which has a link to the latest local history book she is
writing. Her twelfth book, Brentwood in 50 Buildings, published by Amberley,
is due out this summer and depending upon the final edit should include
Brentwood’s surviving workhouse building.

Sylvia Kent Trying Workhouse IPA | Photo: Wendy Pike

“Judged by today’s standards, the very idea of the workhouse and family separation – a routine and accepted part of workhouse life – seems barbaric.”

Sylvia Kent, Local Historian, Writer & Author

Dave Golding, Ethan Kannor, Roland Kannor, Sylvia Kent & Trevor Jeffery Photo: Wendy Pike

Brentwood’s surviving workhouse building, dating back to 1788, is at 27 Hart
Street formerly known as Back Street. Extended in 1805 to accommodate
more paupers, the building has also been a bordello. And since at least the
1880s, a pub. It is currently The Gardeners.

Workhouse Building Now Luxury Homes | Photo: Sylvia Kent

Serving 26 parishes, Billericay Union Workhouse was built in 1840 and was
also later extended. The workhouse building at Grey Lady Place off Norsey
Road has more recently been converted into luxury private homes.

“We went for the name Workhouse as there were workhouses in both Billericay and Brentwood and we know brewing beer is very hard work!”

Billericay Brewing Company Director Trevor Jeffery.


Workhouse IPA, was named in a competition won by Graham Seal of
Colchester via his Facebook page, Mancave Beer Reviews. He won an 18
pint Polypin of the new beer. Everyone who entered the competition received
a free pint voucher.

Trevor Jeffery Handing Out Samples of Workhouse IPA | Photo: Wendy Pike

Free Samples

The brewers were encouraged by feedback from festival goers who sampled
some free tasters at Billericay’s Spring Beer Festival. Consensus was that
the light, citrusy, floral ale would be especially refreshing in the summer.

The New England style IPA was expertly brewed by Brentwood’s Head
Brewer Ethan Kannor and Billericay Brewer Dave Golding using a mixture of
malts and five different hops including some not so common ones like Rakau,
Teiheke from New Zealand and English Olicana.

Workhouse IPA will be available in bottles later this month

“We’re hoping our Workhouse brings people together to enjoy themselves. Workhouse IPA will certainly be on the beer list at our Spring Beer Festival on Saturday 13th April at Brentwood Brewery.”

Brentwood Brewing Company MD Roland Kannor

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