Brewery News

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.


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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!

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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

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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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Chin-Chin Beer & Gin Festival

Brentwood Brewing Company was delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors to their Beer and Gin Festival at the brewery on Saturday (June 10).

Among the many beer fans enjoying a selection of Brentwood brewed real ales was the town’s new MP, Alex Burghart, who made the festival his first official constituency visit since becoming MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

“I do like drinking beer. I’m a real ale drinker. You’ve got to support local business in your own way don’t you? So, of course, I’ve tried some Brentwood beers like Brentwood Gold, Lumberjack and Chockwork Orange, which is my favourite.

“You cannot support the constituency’s interests and views unless you’re out talking to the people so it’s very much my pleasure to be here at Brentwood Brewery.

“I met Roland while I was on the campaign trail and promised if I was elected I’d come along to the festival, so here I am. Tough job eh?”

Also visiting the brewery and supporting the festival were VIP guests The Deputy Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Sheila Murphy, former Mayor Cllr Mark Reed and last year’s Mayor Cllr Noelle Hones and her husband Cllr Jon Cloke.

Returning to the brewery and keeping festival goers entertained were two Essex based ukulele bands.

The Ukulistics.

Also, trio Johnny ‘Timebomb’ Taylor on vocals and Julia and Mark Rich on ukuleles.

Brentwood Brewery MD Roland Kannor said: “It was our biggest and best Beer Festival at the brewery yet. We’re thrilled and grateful that so many local people turned out to make it such a jolly occasion. The weather was kind too as it was a marvellous, sunny, Summer’s day.

“We’d like to thank everyone for coming along including our special guests and the bands. We really appreciate the support.

“It’s been such a great success that we’re already planing our next Beer Festival, Oktoberfest, at Brentwood Brewery on Saturday 9th September.”

The brewery team was very busy throughout the day, keeping festival goers refreshed with a selection of 8 different Brentwood Beers and 4 Elephant School ones, all brewed in Brentwood.

Brewed under Brentwood’s Elephant School Brewing brand, Mango Unchained 7.2% ABV proved to be so popular that it ran out on the bar but Head Brewer Ethan Kannor came up with a novel solution. A fresh batch ready for drinking was pumped by hose directly from the fermenter vessel to the bar, much to the amusement of visitors including Cllr Jon Cloke and Mark Rich of the Ukulistics, who were keen to try it.

“Mango Unchained is one of our latest new beers under the Elephant School Brewing brand and it’s really heartwarming to see it being so well received by beer fans.

“We also thank everyone who tried and left feedback on another new brew we trialled at the festival in an attempt to create the perfect session ale, called Project #2. Some said it was ‘a light, easy drinker’ with ‘a great taste’, others got ‘biscuit notes’ and early malt flavours or light citrus tones and dry finish. It looks like Project #2 may have a promising future in the Brentwood range,” said Ethan.

As a nod to World Gin Day, a selection of Gin cocktails was also available on the brewery bar with a choice of 5 different gins.

Black Shuck Gin, produced by The Norfolk Sloe Company, based in Fakenham, Norfolk, sent representative, Neil Worsley, to the festival, to offer free samples to festival-goers. They also kindly donated a bottle of gin to the brewery bar for the event. The brand is available next door to the brewery in Calcott Hall Farm Shop.

Gin lovers also got to try free samples of Old Bakery Gin based in Palmers Green, London, which started trading just a few months ago. MD Ian Puddick with help from Will Barlow, served up some iced gin and tonics with a slight difference. Their recommendation? Fresh basil leaves and grapefruit slices.

Beer Grylls, the brewery’s mobile snack van, provided sustenance in the form gourmet burgers and handmade, traditional Brentwood IPA sausages, produced by Totham Bangers of Great Totham.

Brentwood Brewery’s Beer & Gin Festival was held slightly ahead of Beer Day Britain, a national day celebrating real ale, which this year, is being held over a weekend, 15-18 June, to incorporate Fathers Day. Themed ‘Say Cheers to Beer’ the awareness event is supported by all major organisations in the beer industry including Britain’s Beer Alliance, Society of Independent Brewers, British Beer & Pub Association and the Campaign for Real Ale.

See a short video clip of the Ukulistics playing live at the festival:

Ukulistics at Beer & Gin Festival

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Brentwood Strawberry Fair 2017

Brentwood Brewing Company will be holding a mini Beer & Cider Festival at Brentwood Strawberry Fair on Shenfield Common on Saturday 17th June 12 – 6pm.

If you visit us at beer tent you’ll find Ethan, Holly and Ralph Kannor behind the bar, serving a selection of six Brentwood and Elephant School beers, brewed here in Brentwood.  They are likely to include:

A popular family day out, at the Strawberry Fair there will be community and craft and gift stalls, as well as local food and drink, including the ever-popular Brentwood Brewery Beer Tent.

Music and dance performances in the big top,  children’s fun fair rides and activities make up the entertainments on offer.  Apart from the refreshing, award-winning beer, most popular of all are the stars of the day, strawberries and cream.

Brentwood’s Strawberry Fair, which usually attracts 5000 people of all ages, is free.

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Beer & Gin Festival

Here’s the beer & gin list for Brentwood Brewery’s Beer & Gin Festival on Saturday June 10th from 10.30am – 5pm.  We’ll be serving hot and cold food from the brewery’s Beer Grylls snack van too.  To entertain you, we have two local, Essex ukulele bands.  Hope you can join us for some summer fun and refreshment – we’re next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop.

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Chipping Chirper

When Ongar Dads got together ahead of this year’s annual school fete they thought long and hard about novel ways to raise funds for Chipping Ongar Primary School Association (COPSA). The solution? Selflessly, they decided ‘Let’s drink beer’. ‘Not just any beer, our own beer.’

So we were delighted when they approached us at Brentwood Brewery to ask for our help in their quest. After some discussion a plan was hatched and a new collaboration brew, Chipping Chirper, was borne.

“Ongar Dads are really excited about this. We wanted to do something that was a bit different this year. We love beer and we thought it would be a win, win for everyone,” said Stephen Reynolds of Ongar Dads.

Three of the Ongar Dads group, Stephen Reynolds, Chris Eyre and Mark Sassoon, recently came along to the brewery to carry out some ‘research’ (beer sampling ) as well as assist head brewer Ethan Kannor in brewing this new collaboration, fund raising beer. The trio rolled up their sleeves with great enthusiasm, helping with mashing-in the first batch of Chipping Chirper. Then sparging, or rinsing grain to maximise sugar extraction, important because sugars later turn into alcohol.

Mark said: “I like beer a lot, my wife would probably say too much!

“It’s great to come along and see the brewing process from start to finish.

“Brewing our own beer for the fete also gives us an opportunity to socialise and recruit more Ongar Dads, or family members, to get involved with supporting the school.”

After the rigours of sparging, our guest brewers enjoyed a well-earned break in the sunshine with a pint of Brentwood beer, whilst preparing hops for the brew.

Like other Ongar Dads, these three novice brewers have children who attend Chipping Ongar Primary School. The Chipping Chirper pump clip design was determined by a school-wide competition for parents to get busy with paints, colouring pencils and felt-tipped pens to create a suitable design, paying a modest fee to enter the competition. Congratulations to Mum of three, Jessica Ashford-Green, who produced the winning design – a singing bird on a branch above a castle.

Chipping Chirper approximately 5% ABV (tbc) will be officially launched on Friday 23rd June at The Kings Head Inn, Ongar High Street, at 8pm, where it will be on sale for one month. A joint donation from the pub and Brentwood Brewery of 10p per pint will be going to Ongar Dad’s fund raising pot for COPSA.

This special, thirst quenching brew will also be available to buy from the bar at Chipping Ongar School Fete on Sunday 25th June from 1 – 4pm, straight after the town’s annual carnival. The Carnival, which starts at noon, is organised by Ongar Round Table. Again, a donation from every pint sold goes to the school fund.

“I enjoy a pint at the school fete and this year it’ll be good to have a beer we’ve had involvement in brewing.

“I’m looking forward to tasting the final product. We can thank Steve for the beer idea and Mark for the name.

“There is a good sense of community in Ongar and everyone comes out for these sort of events, so to have our beer involved in that, one we’ve had influence on, is great,” said Chris, who has twin boys at the school.

Brentwood Brewery MD Roland Kannor said: “As ever, it is always good to work with local groups, supporting local causes, like Ongar Dads raising money for Chipping Ongar Primary School Association.

“It was a pleasure to host Stephen, Chris and Mark’s visit to the brewery where they got a snapshot of what it’s like to be a brewer for the day.

“If you’re an adult, off to the school fete after Ongar Carnival why not treat yourself to a pint? Or if you’re in The Kings Head Inn from June 23rd June onwards, do drink Chipping Chirper generously! It’s all in a good cause.”

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Win for Gold Rush

Brentwood Brewery is delighted to share some good news – another Brentwood Beer has won an award.

In the recent Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) Regional Keg Competition, our Gold Rush won Bronze in the Strong Bitters and Pale Ales 5-5.9% category.


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