Brewery News

Free Beer Tasters

The brewery will be handing out free beer tasters at Brentwood Business Showcase tomorrow (Wednesday 1st November) at Brentwood School.

The free event, organised by Brentwood Borough Council, is designed to showcase the best of Brentwood – a great place to do business.  It offers inspiration from top guest speakers, the opportunity to participate in a variety of business workshops and network with other local businesses.

If you’re feeling a little thirsty or just fancy a chat, please find Roland on the Brentwood Brewery Stand (54) in The Bean Centre.

We hope you enjoy your free beer taster.  Please Tweet us your comments @BrentwoodBrewCo using #BBShowcase2017.

We’ll be taking orders for Christmas Beer Hampers – perfect corporate gifts or Christmas presents.  Also, beer lovers can sign up for the brewery’s monthly newsletter, The Beery News.

Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a complementary drinks reception at Brentwood Business Showcase at 4pm and Brentwood Beer will be available.

Hope to see you there.

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Best is Best!

We feel Brentwood Best is a rather good, traditional ale.  But according to CAMRA, it is the best Best Bitter in the region this year.

A delegation from South West Essex CAMRA visited the brewery recently and their brewery liaison officer, Beryl Ellis, presented us with the Champion Best Bitter of East Anglia 2017 award for Brentwood Best 4.2% ABV.

 

 

 

Brewery Manager Dean Beckwith received the award on behalf of the brewery team.

He said:  “It’s a great honour and the brewery is delighted and proud, especially as this award was voted for by CAMRA members.”

During their visit SW Essex CAMRA members enjoyed some Brentwood Beer including draught Brentwood Best.  Joining them was their mascot of  the last 11 years, Hophead.

As Hophead’s hobby is collecting badges, we were pleased to add to his growing collection with a cheeky ‘Taste My Heavenly Body’ one from Brentwood Brewery.

Brentwood Best is made with a good dose of Challenger and EKG hops giving a well-rounded flavour and aroma.  Light copper in colour, this beer is a firm favourite with our regulars and is available in Polypins all year.  It can also usually be found on draught in the brewery’s Tap Room, open Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 3.30pm.  (Find us next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop).

The SW Essex CAMRA group (Chairman Anne, Secretary Alan, Webmaster Steve, Barbara and Hophead minder John, joined Beryl and her husband Trevor for the presentation at  our Tap Room and Brewery Shop.

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Prost! Oktoberfest

Three guest brewers from Germany were made to feel quite at home when they visited Brentwood Brewery for Oktoberfest, with some festival goers wearing traditional Bavarian costume, Oktoberfest drinking songs and oompah music playing in the background and Bratwurst on sale from the brewery’s snack van, Beer Grylls.

Following an arduous fifteen and a half hour journey from Pyraser Landbrauerei near Landkreis Roth, the VIP guests arrived with a van load of craft brewed German beer in time for Brentwood Brewing Company’s first Oktoberfest.

 

 

The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Will Russell, joined Brentwood Brewery for the festivities. He said: “I’m proud of Brentwood. We should be promoting the town as a brand. It’s great to see the community come out, enjoy this relaxed, family atmosphere and support this wonderful community event.

“It’s wonderful to do commerce between two countries and indeed between the two towns.”

Introductions between breweries came about thanks to Cllr Jon Cloke who is not only a friend of Brentwood Brewery 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.

Brentwood Brewery MD Roland Kannor said: “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 could help us out by supplying some beer and were able to join us as well.

“We’ve been invited over to Germany to visit them next summer for one of their main events.”

The German brewers brought with them a selection of ten different Pyraser bottled beers to join those on the bar from the Brentwood and Elephant School ranges, brewed in Brentwood. The German beer proved to be very popular, particularly the schwarz or black beer and Hopfenflucker Pils. Elephant School Brewing’s Sombrero went down well too. As did Brentwood Best.

Alexander Schwab who handles marketing for Pyraser Landbrauerei said: “We brought with us regular lager beers from Germany, schwarz beer, red beer and a typical seasonal beer also, from the hop harvest where we put the green hop into the beer.

“People are very interested. They’re trying the German beers and they’re very happy to see that we’re trying the local beer from Brentwood Brewing Company. And we also like it very much.”

Charity donations were collected for Little Doves Christian Pre School in Navestock, which opened in May. The latest fundraising goal is to buy a new fence, climbing frames and storage.

Pam Biddulph, Manager of Little Doves said: “We’re a brand new pre school so we have lots of set up costs. At the moment we’re raising funds towards the outdoor play area and making the area secure and safe for the children.

“We want to develop that area, especially moving forward into the winter. We need to get some rubber matting and things like which is all very expensive, so any proceeds will go towards that.”

Keen to experience Brentwood’s nightlife, the guest brewers, accompanied by Roland, went to a traditional English pub (The Spread Eagle). Afterwards the German guests partied the night away at some clubs. Before catching the return ferry with a van load of Brentwood Beer, the Pyraser team also managed to squeeze in a whirlwind sightseeing trip to London.

Alex Schwab added: “We did a beer exchange. For our workers in the brewery, in Germany we have the house drink so everybody working gets eight cases a month free and then we’ll put some Brentwood Beers on top for them to taste.”

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History of Oktoberfest

Munich is the home of Oktoberfest.  The first ever Oktoberfest was held in in 1810 to celebrate the royal marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, (later King Ludwig I), to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October.

People from Munich and the entire Bavarian region were invited to celebrate.  Festivities were held in fields by the city gates,  culminating in horse racing.  The popular horse races were held again the following year and annually after that which is how the tradition of Oktoberfest started.

Whilst horse racing is no longer part of the modern Oktoberfest, an agricultural show introduced in 1811 still appears at the festival every three years. The fun fair made its initial appearance in 1818 with the introduction of the first carousel.  Thirsty visitors were able to find refreshment at small beer stands.  The beer stands were so popular they rapidly grew in number and eventually, about 8 decades later, they were replaced by beer tents and halls.

Over the years, only wars and cholera epidemics have briefly curtailed Munich’sOktoberfest.  These festivities are now more an annual celebration of beer, usually starting in the third weekend of September and ending the first Sunday of October.

The largest beer festival in the world, typically attracting 6 million visitors, Munich’s Oktoberfest celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2010.  This year’s Oktoberfest, the 184th, runs 16 September – 3rd October.

www.oktoberfest.de/en/.

 

But you can enjoy the tradition of Oktoberfest and celebrate beer much closer to home.  Brentwood Brewery is hosting its first Oktoberfest on Saturday 23rd September from 10.30am to 5pm.  There will be plenty of Brentwood Beer and some authentic craft brewed German beer from our friends at Pyraser Landbrauerei near Landkreis Roth, Brentwood’s twin town in Germany.

Brentwood Brewery is next to Calcott Hall Farm off Ongar Road, Brentwood.

Liebe Bier, Liebe Brentwood – Love Beer, Love Brentwood

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 (www.litteldovescp.org.uk).

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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Festival Weekend – It’s Here!

The Brentwood Brewery team is geared up for a busy weekend at this year’s Brentwood Festival, where you will find 80 real ales, including Brentwood and Elephant School beers, to keep you refreshed.

The latest beer in the Brentwood range, Legacy 4% ABV, a session beer, launches at the Festival.

 

Head Brewer Ethan Kannor says:  “It’s an easy drinking, full-flavoured, slightly sweet, light-amber coloured ale with a very light bitterness to finish.”

At the festival preview evening on Thursday, Legacy received much praise and appreciation with some beer fans suggesting it tasted like a ‘proper, traditional, English ale’.  Ralph Kannor (pictured right) insisted on personally testing the ale ahead of the festival to make sure it meets the brewery’s stringent quality control standards.

 

The brewery festival team (Ethan, Ralph, Holly, Hope, Jaye, Ray-the-Sky-man, Bill, Phil, Laura, Jezza and Mike) looks forward to serving all thirsty festival goers, a perfect pint.

Cheers to the Brentwood Festival.  Fun times.

 

Love Beer, Love Brentwood

Essex Festival of Food & Drink

This weekend the 2017 Essex Festival of Food & Drink gets underway at Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree.

Brentwood Brewery will be there.  We’ll be selling bottles of our fabulous Brentwood and exciting Elephant School beers.  We’ll also be serving free tasters.  To take advantage of this free beer as well as some special offers exclusive to the festival, please remember to head for our bottle stall.  It will be ably manned by Brewery Manager, Dean, with help from Suzette.

Four bottle Brentwood Beer giftpacks at £13 and six bottle crates of Elephant School Beer at £18 are available to buy.

Festival Offer:  Buy a four bottle gift pack and a brewery tour for two for £20 or buy a six bottle crate and a brewery tour for two for £25.  Brewery Tours usually cost £10 each and include a pint.

 

Hope to see you there!

Love Beer, Love Brentwood

FREE Festival Preview Night

Call us for your free ticket then join us at The Brentwood Festival Preview evening at The Brentwood Centre next Thursday July 13th.  Ahead of the main festival (14 – 16 July) listen to live music from 6pm with Josh Gleaves, The Strides and popular Brentwood Brewery regulars and Essex ukulele band, Johnny and the Timebombs.


On the night we’ll be launching the beer we’ve brewed especially for The Brentwood Festival this year, Legacy 4% abv.  All the different festival beers will be available to buy as well as food and snacks.

Hope you can join us for a great night out.

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Brentwood Beer at Chelmsford

If you’re feeling thirsty and heading off to Admirals Park for a pint or two at Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival from today until 8th July, be sure to find the Brentwood Brewing Company Bar there.

You’ll find a good selection of Brentwood and Elephant School Beers to enjoy in the sunshine or whatever the fickle British weather bestows on us.

For more details about Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival see our events listings pages or head to www.cbcf.info/CBCF17/

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Chirper at Kings Head, Ongar

The beer brewed with us at Brentwood Brewery by Ongar Dads from Chipping Ongar Primary School Association (COPSA), is now available on draught at The Kings Head in Ongar.

The Beer, Chipping Chirper 5.2% ABV, was launched at The Kings Head on Friday 23rd July where it will be available on draught for one month.  For every pint purchased the brewery and the pub is making a joint donation of 10p per pint to COPSA.

Landlady Kathryn Brown said:  “Oakman Inns which is the chain we’re  with is big on getting involved in the local community and we thought it would be nice to do something for the Dads during the carnival and school fete season whilst helping out a local good cause.”

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