Brewery News

Beer Stories – Van Kannor

Van Kannor 7.7% was created to be the finest of sophisticated celebratory ales.  It’s perfect for Christmas or any special occasion.

Beer & Food Matched with Christmas Roast Turkey

It’s official.  The British Beer Alliance, There’s a Beer for That campaignhas matched Brentwood Brewery’s Van Kannor with roast turkey as it perfectly compliments the flavours of both food and beer.

Champagned Beer

Van Kannor was produced using traditional Champagning methods. Triple fermented with Champagne, beer and wine yeast, hand-turned and riddled, Van Kannor combines gentle fruitiness with sweet malt aromas to create a luxurious, sophisticated beer.  Only 1000 bottles were made.

Connoisseur’s Dream Gift

Every connoisseur’s dream gift, Van Kannor is available from the Brewery Shop in 750ml bottles (£32.50).  Or buy Van Kannor online.


Former head brewer at Brentwood Brewery, Sophie de Ronde, was commissioned by the Kannor family to create the finest, most exquisite beer she could possibly imagine, worthy of toasting welcome to the family’s first born grandchild and grandson.


Van Kannor was brewed in 2014.  Having spent three years maturing, we believe Van Kannor now tastes even more divine.


School of Booze and Beer o’Clock author, beer sommelier Jane Peyton says Van Kannor is ‘ace’.

Van Kannor is a really special beer.

“Pour it into a flute and savour the fruity aroma then take a sip. Sweet malts develop first, followed by a satisfying, mouth-filling mousse and finally a gentle bitterness,” said Jane.

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Beery Christmas Everyone

Only six more sleeps until Santa arrives …  Still got heaps to do?  Stuck for  gift ideas?  Christmas jumpers and socks are all very well but we say why not treat someone special to something beery nice instead?  Something they’ll really love – like Brentwood Beer.

Brewery Open This Week

The Tap Room and Brewery Shop is open 9.30am – 3.30pm today, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.  Saturday 10.30am – 3.30pm and Sunday, Christmas Eve, 10am – 1.30pm.

Beery Gifts

We have beer gift packs at £13, hampers at £20 and cases of 12 bottles of Brentwood Beer.  Elephant School beer gift packs at £18 and hampers at £20.  Also, we sell beer in 18 or 36 pint Polypins.  Christmas puddings made by Lillypuds, containing our Chockwork Orange.  And a range of branded merchandise like rugby shirts, polo shirts and hoodies as well as pocket money price items like bottle opening key rings or pens at £3.

High Street Market Stall

If you cannot make it to the brewery, we have a market stall selling bottles, gift packs and hampers, in Brentwood High Street this Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

Treat Yourself

If you’ve got all your presents sorted, then why not treat yourself and pop into the brewery for a well-deserved pint in The Tap Room?  We always have two draught beers on the bar.

Have you got your beer sorted for Christmas yet?  You know where to find us – we’re next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop off Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch in Brentwood.

We hope Santa doesn’t bring you too many socks and jumpers!  Merry Christmas.

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Christmas Tunes, Treats & Cheer

Brentwood Brewery was pleased to welcome hundreds of beer fans on Saturday (9th December) to their Christmas Beer Festival including special guests, Santa, The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Will Russell, and the town’s MP.

“What a brilliant way to start the Christmas season, drinking Chestnut Stout and buying Christmas trees.  It’s been a brilliant afternoon.  I’m only sad I can’t stay longer,” said Brentwood and Ongar MP, Alex Burghart.


The Mayor of Brentwood said:  “It was wonderful to return to Brentwood Brewery. This time, to enjoy the Christmas Beer Festival and all the joy the occasion brought.

“I managed to sample a few different beers, great food and company. I was delighted to join Santa welcoming guests.  All the children appeared to love the atmosphere and of course, Santa’s sleigh.”


A programme of musical entertainment throughout the day contributed to the festive atmosphere.  Festival goers were treated to performances by local musical groups including Shenfield Operatic Society, Song Cycle, singer Michelle Ward of Phoenix FM fame and Johnny ‘Timebomb’ Taylor and the Yule-kelistics, ukulele band.

SNAP Charity

Jos Hollington from SNAP charity’s fund raising team and a rota of SNAP volunteers were also at the festival, raising funds and awareness of the charity’s work throughout Essex.  They ran a raffle, children’s games like Beanbag Splat and sold mugs filled with Christmas treats.  Collection pots were also stationed on the bar to garner further support for the Warley based charity which helps families and children with special needs and disabilities.

“We are very grateful to Roland and his team for inviting us to the Christmas Festival; it was a fun and social community occasion, as always, with Santa the undoubted highlight! Thank you also to everyone who generously supported our raffle,” said Jos Hollington.


Jaye, who usually works in the brewery’s sales team, was at the festival with her creative, handmade jewellery collection, Made With Love by Jaye.

Brewery Team

The brewery’s Christmas beers were enthusiastically received, especially Winter Warmer, Good Elf and Frosty Baubles, keeping the bar team busy throughout.  And the brewery’s snack van, Beer Grylls, headed by Brewery Manager Dean Beckwith and with help from Jade, offered hot food and snacks to hungry guests.

Roland Kannor, MD of Brentwood Brewing Company, said:  “I’d like to thank everyone who came along and made the Christmas Beer Festival such a special occasion.  Also Brentwood Rotary Club who very kindly lent us Santa’s sleigh for the day.

“I’m told Santa had a great time.  Not only did he top the Beanbag Splat leader board for a while but he also joined in singing Slade’s Christmas hit, Merry Christmas Everybody, with Michelle Ward.  But I didn’t really see much of him.  Intriguingly, we were never seen together in the same room!”


Santa posed for photos and selfies with children and festival goers of all ages who were keen to sit on his sleigh.

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Beer Fest Highlights

Roland and the Brentwood Brewery team would like to thank everyone who came along to our Christmas Beer Festival on Saturday.  Hope you had a good time.  We certainly did.

It was intriguing that we didn’t see much of Santa and Roland in the same room though.  Perhaps this short highlights video might explain why.  If you missed Roly Santa’s impression of Noddy Holder or want to see it again, here it is!

Christmas Beer Festival Highlights Video

Thank Yous

Special thanks go to SNAP charity particularly Jos Hollington and all their wonderful volunteers, The Mayor of Brentwood Cllr Will Russell and Mr Alex Burghart, Brentwood & Ongar MP.

The brewery was very pleased to welcome so many talented, local musicians who entertained everyone and contributed so much to the chilled, festive ambience.  Cheers and thanks go to Shenfield Operatic Society, Song Cycle, Michelle Ward and Johnny ‘Timebomb’ and the Yule-kelistics.

We were also glad to have Made With Love By Jaye, creative handmade jewellery, supporting the Beer Festival. Thanks Jaye.

Brentwood Rotary Club very kindly leant us Santa’s sleigh for the day which they usually keep garaged for much of the year, except, of course, for Christmas Eve/early Christmas morning.

Hope you’re being good and not joining the naughty list.  Not long to go now.

Merry Christmas

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Beer Festival Saturday

We’ve been finalising arrangements for our Christmas Beer Festival which is this Saturday, 9th December 10.30am – 5pm.


Shenfield Operatic Society will be joining us at Brentwood Brewery from 10.45 – 11.45am to sing some Christmas Carols and perhaps a rendition of The Twelve Beers of Christmas?

In the afternoon we have musical entertainment from Michelle Ward, Johnny and The Timebombs and an Essex based ukulele band.

Christmas Fun

Santa will be here with his sleigh.  SNAP charity is organising some activities for children and we’ll be fundraising for this Warley based Essex charity too.


Our resident chef and Brewery Manager, Dean, has been talking for weeks about the menu he’s putting together for the festival.  A selection of hot food and snacks will be available from our Beer Grylls snack van.  Top of the list is ‘Reindeer Pie’ although we’re reassured, no reindeers will have been harmed in the pie making process.


As you’d expect, we’ll have lots of Brentwood as well as Elephant School Brewing beer. For non-beer drinkers we’ll have Prosecco, gin, sloe gin and mulled cider.  Beer fans can look forward to:

Chestnut Stout 3.999%, Legacy 4%, Brentwood Gold 4.3%, Good Elf 4.5%, Sombrero 4.5%, Winter Warmer 4.7%, Mallowphant 4.8%, Chockwork Orange 6.5%, Mango Unchained 7.2% and Champagne Vlad 9.5%.  In keg:  Frosty Baubles 3.8% and Elephant School Pils 4.6%.

Entrance is free.  Beer is £3 a pint.  We’re next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop.

We Ho-ho-hope you’ll come along and enjoy a festive pint or two.  Tell your friends.  Bring your friends!  Merry Christmas from Roland and the Brewery Team.

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Xmas Market Stall

We have a market stall on Brentwood High Street every Friday and Saturday in December until Christmas.  Open 9am – 4pm.  (Near Marks and Spencer.)

Christmas Gifts

Our beer gift packs, hampers, bottles and cases of beer would make ideal Christmas gifts for any real ale enthusiast.

Special Offer

We even have an extra special High Street Christmas offer.  Buy a four-bottle beer gift pack (usually £13) and a Brewery Tour (usually £12.50) for £20 on the market stall only.

Frosty Baubles

A bottle of our Christmas beer Frosty Baubles 3.8% would make a great stocking filler for beer fans too.

Amy and Sam look forward to helping you.

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December Opening Hours

We have a wonderful range of beery gifts in the Brewery Shop and you could enjoy a pint in The Tap Room while you peruse and choose some great Christmas gifts.  We always have two draught beers on.  Not sure which one to pick?  Just ask us for a free beer taster to help you make up your mind.

Normal Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30m and Saturdays 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Christmas Beer Festival

Saturday 9th December 10.30am – 5pm.  Join us for a festive pint?  We’re next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop off Ongar Road in Pilgrims Hatch.

December Opening Hours

We’ll be open as usual except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day … when we’re closed.  Also our December Opening Hours are slightly different as listed below:

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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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