Brewery News

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.


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.

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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 (

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.


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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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