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Perfect for Chesney

How do you thank a pop star legend who starred in your production of the family musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat?  Well, in Brentwood, it’s achieved by presenting that celebrity, Chesney Hawkes, with a suitably stellar gift – a bottle of  ‘the one and only’ Van Kannor, luxury, Champagned beer, brewed at Brentwood Brewery.  Show producer Mark Reed says he could think of nothing finer.

“I had to give Chesney something as a farewell gift and to say thank you.  I couldn’t think of anything better than a bottle of Van Kannor.  It was perfect.  It said everything about Brentwood and the experience we had with him last weekend,” said Mark Reed.

Joseph Success

More than two and a half thousand people saw Chesney as Joseph in the show’s two performances last weekend at The Brentwood Centre.  “It was glorious.  We had 150 people on stage and back stage too.

“Chesney is so talented and so easy to work with.  He’s the nicest guy going.

“It was a huge demand we put on him as he had very limited rehearsal time with us all but we’ve made a true friend there,” added Mark.

Early Days for Chesney

Chesney’s Dad, who was in the Tremeloes, set the teenage Chesney a deadline of three months over the summer holidays to become a pop star.  The rule was if Chesney didn’t make it within that time limit he’d have to return to his studies.

Having cut his musical teeth playing piano and singing in pubs, happily for Chesney, he got his first big break after seeing an advert for auditions whilst in hospital recovering from having his wisdom teeth out.  After several rounds of auditions, he landed a top role in rock drama Buddy’s Song, starring Roger Daltrey, setting Chesney on the path to stardom.

Chesney then found fame a couple of years later in 1991 with his number one hit, The One and Only.

Brentwood – so Rock ’n’ Roll

But when it comes to a rock and roll lifestyle, it seems Brentwood and Mark Reed lead the way.  Following a self-imposed abstinence for an extended Dryanuary, Chesney was tempted by Mark to break his fast and enjoy a drink at the Brentwood Centre bar.  And guess what he had?  Only a pint of Brentwood Beer.


Brentwood Brewing Company MD Roland Kannor said:  “What a way to end a dry spell.  I understand this was Chesney’s first beer for quite some time, possibly since Christmas, and we’re delighted it was one of our Brentwood Beers that quenched his thirst.

“We also wish to thank Mark Reed for flying the Brentwood flag and for presenting Chesney with a bottle of our finest, luxury beer, Van Kannor.  We like to think it’s perfect for all sorts of special occasions.”

Chesney Hawkes is playing a series of gigs throughout the UK this year.  Details can be found at

Van Kannor can be found in the brewery shop or online.

Brewery friend Suzanne Gunn managed to photo bomb this one of Chesney Hawkes with his bottle of Van Kannor.  Great work Suzanne.

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Name Beer, Win Beer

Brentwood Brewery is holding a competition to name a new beer.  The prize?  Beer!  An 18 pint Polypin for the winner.

All you have to do is email us your beer name suggestion to:   [email protected] with Beer Name Competition as the subject.

American Pale Ale

The new beer is an American Pale Ale style or APA with an abv of approximately 5%.  The exact abv is to be confirmed.

Head Brewer Ethan, Roland and the brewery team will pick the winning name from your suggestions.  The winning name will appear in the next issue of The Beery News which comes out in early May.  If you haven’t already signed up to our newsletter, see the homepage of our website.

Remember, for the winner there’s 18 pints of APA.

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Pie & Pint for St George?

Hope you can join us for our St George’s Day Spectacular at Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road.

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Congrats Jack

It’s official.  Jack has passed the test and now has his forklift truck driver’s licence.  Well done Jack!  Congratulations from the brewery team.

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From the Archives

Many thanks to the beer fan who found this photo in the depths of the local archives.

Celebrating Brentwood’s Brewing Heritage

If you study the photo for long enough, perhaps the faces will begin to look vaguely familiar?

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Brentwood Festival 2018

Brentwood Brewing Company is once again proud to be sponsoring The Brentwood Festival which takes place at The Brentwood Centre the weekend of 13th – 15th July.  You’ll  find us in the real ale and cider marquee.


This year’s headliners include Squeeze, Scouting For Girls and Heather Small, as well as Toploader, Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals and Imagination featuring Leee John.  Also The Dualers and Exposé.  Plus dozens of supporting bands will be performing  throughout the weekend across two stages.

In addition to top beer and music, there’ll be a diverse array of street food, VIP viewing and a funfair.   Other facilities include posh loos, overnight camping and plenty of free parking.

The charity chosen to benefit from this year’s festival is Cancer Research UK.

Discount Offer for Beery News Readers

Beery News Readers can get £10 off full-price weekend adult passes by using the Discount Code: BEERYNEWS when buying festival tickets from

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Silver & Gold at SIBA Beer Awards

Brentwood Brewery is celebrating after scooping a national Silver and three regional Gold awards at this year’s prestigious Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Independent Beer Awards.

Organised by SIBA and judged by brewers and industry experts, it was Elephant School Brewing’s Mallowphant 4.8%, brewed in Brentwood, that took the national Silver award in the Keg Speciality Mid to Dark Beers category, having also won the East region Gold in that class.  It means the marshmallow stout, fresh from the imagination of Head Brewer Ethan Kannor, has not only been crowned by SIBA as the region’s best beer in the category but it came second in the countrywide competition too.

Brentwood Old Ale and Hope & Glory

Topping the East region’s Keg Strong Bitters & Pale Ales category was Brentwood Old Ale 6.2% which got the Gold.  And there was another regional  Gold win for the brewery.  This time for Hope & Glory 4.5% in the Cask Premium Bitter category.  Both of these SIBA regional winning beers belong to the Brentwood Brewing range.

MP’s Congratulations

The town’s MP, Alex Burghart, was able to offer his congratulations in person on a recent visit to the brewery.  Ahead of its launch, the MP sampled a small taster of SPA, Session Pale Ale 4.1%, the newest beer in the Brentwood range, which he said was ‘fresh, light and tasty’.


Brentwood Brewery MD Roland Kannor said:  “It’s an extraordinary achievement and we’re absolutely thrilled to be recognised by these SIBA awards.  We’re proud of all the beers in the Brentwood Brewing and Elephant School Brewing ranges but it’s always very pleasing when such appreciation and accolades like this, come our way.

“If any beer fans out there would like to try a taster of our award-winning beers, you know where to find us.  We’re next to Calcott Hall Farm and open six days a week.  There’s always a choice of draught beers on the bar in our Tap Room.”

Stiff Competition

From the eight SIBA regions more than 450 beers were accepted into the competition.  Judging concluded at SIBA’s flagship BeerX event in Liverpool which was held earlier this month (March).  All winners of the regional competition then went on to battle it out in the national competition.  The overall champion in that competition was North Brewing Co for their Transmission IPA.

SIBA Chairman Buster Grant said:  “Quality beer in keg is growing hugely in popularity and we have seen the keg competition go from strength to strength in recent years, with this year’s competition being of an extremely high standard.

“I would like to congratulate all of the winners and recommend that beer drinkers keep an eye out for these fantastic brews.”


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Notes for Editors

Brentwood Brewery is an award-winning British micro brewery based in  Essex.   It started production of traditional English real ales in 2006 and is run by a family with a passion for making and drinking the finest craft beer.

Its rebellious offspring brand, Elephant School Brewing, takes its name from the British East India Trading Company school at nearby Warley.  The school trained people to ride elephants before they were posted to India.

Whilst Elephant School beers are brewed in the traditional way, styles and flavours are innovative and exciting as they are left entirely to the endless imagination of head brewer Ethan Kannor.  The Elephant School range is full of never to be forgotten craft beers.

With the current exception of BBC1, Brentwood Beer is now gluten free and bottled ales are Vegan-friendly.

Brentwood Brewing Company is among just 2% of UK breweries to hold the quality accreditation SALSA plus Beer certification.

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Beer & Chilli Crisps

As well as a good choice of draught beers on the bar in our Tap Room, we now have some rather tasty crisps to accompany your pint.  Not just any crisps.  These are super special.  They’re Mr Singh’s Chilli Crisps, made by Mr Singh’s Sauce based in the East End of London.  Everyone in the brewery team loves them.  But don’t take our word for it.  Listen to Hardev, Mr Singh himself (with Roland):

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SPA is Launched

Thanks to everyone who came along to the brewery on Saturday to enjoy a few beers and to join us in launching the latest beer in the Brentwood range, SPA, otherwise known as Session Pale Ale.

Special thanks go to singer Michelle Ward for getting the party started by performing some toe-tapping, Boogie-inducing tunes and for her unstinting appreciation of Elephant School’s Mallowphant.

Roland and the brewery team were delighted to see so many beer fans at the brewery and would like to give a special mention to the local CAMRA group and the brewery’s CAMRA Liaison Officer, Beryl.  Thanks for making it to our SPA Day.

We had a special VIP guest helping Brewery Manager Dean on the barbecue.  It was Mr Singh’s Sauce founder, Hardev Sahota.  As you can imagine, with Mr Singh’s Sauces spicing up the barbecue, the food was very popular.  Thanks for doing such a brilliant job guys.

As for the new beer, SPA, it seems to have been received very well.  If you couldn’t get along on Saturday and haven’t yet tried it, you know where to find us.  We’re next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop and our Tap Room is open six days a week.  Check our website for opening times.

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What a Motley Crew!

When it comes to posing for photos, there are few shrinking violets among the Brentwood Brewery Team.

It’s no surprise the dressing up box has been readily raided once again.  Hope you like the  latest team photo, with a little help from some brewery friends, including The Earl of Brentwood.  By the way, has anyone had a word with Jack about trimming his moustache?

Zany Brewery Antics

When the photographer suggested doing something a bit zany or amusing for one of the shots, MD Roland questioned whether dressing up wasn’t funny enough on its own.  But Head Brewer Ethan had other ideas.


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