Brewery News

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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New Beer SPA

SPA Session Pale Ale 4.1% is a perfectly relaxing, refreshing pint with notes of sun-blushed tropical fruits.  In this new beer we’re using Styrian Wolf hops for the first time.  You can expect a relaxing bitterness with an invigorating burst of lemongrass, mango and passionfruit flavours.

We’re launching this latest addition to the Brentwood Beer range at our SPA Day on Saturday 24th March.  Singer Michelle Ward will be returning to the brewery to perform some upbeat tunes at 12.30pm.  To celebrate National Chicken Wings Day (22nd March) we’ll be serving hot food and snacks including chicken wings.

Hope you can join us.

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You Are Invited

To Brentwood Brewery on Saturday 24th March for the official launch of SPA Session Pale Ale – the latest new brew in the Brentwood range.



Pump Clip Treasures

Do you collect pump clips?  Have you ever considered starting?  It’s always good to have a hobby.  Either way, you’re welcome to rummage, rootle and rifle around some boxes full of them in Brentwood Brewery’s Tap Room and Brewery Shop.  Who knows what treasures you might find!  We’re selling some off for charity at 50p each or 3 for £1.

Pump clip collecting is really quite popular as a hobby, albeit a little niche. Did you know there is a national pump clip museum?  It’s based at New Basford in Nottingham where 1600 pump clips are on display.  The museum evolved from a private collection belonging to Mike Gatenby of between 20,000 and 30,000 pump clips which he started collecting in the seventies.  It is now the national collection.

He said:  “Very few collectors have their clips on display, especially if they are married!  Normally they live in the loft never to be seen from one year to the next.  Some collectors have them in sheds,outhouses, conservatories and even stuck on bars in houses.”

Because of the museum’s size a maximum of three people can tour at any time and visits are by pre-arranged appointment only and just for pump clip collectors or brewery historians.


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Smile for Blue Monday

Being the third Monday in January it’s Blue Monday today and officially the most depressing day of the year.  But at Brentwood Brewery we want to share some news that should put a smile on your face.

We are now open on Mondays, an extra day every week.  Opening times for the The Tap Room and Brewery Shop are Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and on Saturdays 10.30am to 3.30pm.

If you fancy a pint of Brentwood Beer at the brewery there is always a choice of quality draught real ales on the bar in The Tap Room.


You can be sure of a warm welcome.  If you pop in today, Roland may even cheer you up with one of his jokes.

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Bloggers Visit

A delegation of Essex bloggers were made very welcome on a recent visit to the brewery. The press trip was arranged by the Visit Essex tourism team.

As well as touring the brewery with MD Roland and Head Brewer Ethan, guests were able to sample some Brentwood Beer before heading off to more venues like a vineyard and Tiptree Tea Room and jam factory.

Maybe you’ll let us know if you read something nice that the bloggers wrote about us?

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Go BBC1 Not Dry!

Following the party season we understand some of you may be planning to abstain from alcohol during January and taking part in Dryanuary.  For those that think that’s a great idea but don’t actually want to give up life’s little pleasures completely, may we suggest switching your usual tipple for some of our BBC1.

It’s  just 1.5% ABV but has all the usual flavour you’d expect from any beer in the Brentwood or Elephant School Brewing ranges.

BBC1 is BBC2’s little brother!  Light brown in colour, loads of flavours bursting on the palate from the mix of Columbus, Chinook, Citra and Cascade hops.  It’s ridiculously drinkable.

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