After rain, chilly winds, hailstones and even a few flakes of snow, the sun finally shone on Brentwood Brewery’s Spring Beer Festival, demonstrating the unlikely probability of getting four seasons in one day. With more than a dozen different cask, keg and draught beers to choose from, there was plenty for real ale fans to enjoy.
“Our Spring Beer Festival (Saturday 13th April) went very well indeed. We were delighted to welcome so many visitors to the brewery and we’d like to thank everyone who came along to support the festival.”Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company
A very clever dog, Rusty, and his owner Sophie Biebuyck were among the brewery’s special guests, representing Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and raising awareness for the charity.
“People often don’t consider the impact of hearing loss as it’s not something you can see. It can be very isolating. Rusty makes an invisible problem, visible. He has been trained to alert deaf people to everyday sounds and is a very practical help. He tells me when the alarm clock goes off or the door bell rings and the cooker timer too.”Sophie Biebuyck
As Bennetts Funerals are supporting the charity this year, they joined Rusty and Sophie at the festival.
“Having met the two members of this great partnership last year I realised what a fantastic difference Rusty has made to Sophie’s life.Managing Director Jane Bennett
“The more the profile can be raised for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, hopefully the more money can be raised to provide hearing dogs for other people too.”
Returning to the brewery were Jay and Tracy Weekes of J W Ice Cream Company from Chafford Hundred with their luxury range of artisan ice creams including some of their alcohol-infused ones (just for the grown ups). Their latest product is a Chockwork Orange beer infused ice cream.
“We’ve been giving out free samples to see if people like them. It’s in the development stage at the moment. We’ll be working with Brentwood Brewing Company and hopefully the Chockwork Orange ice cream will soon be available to buy at the brewery.”Tracy Weekes
One festival goer and Chockwork fan gave the new ice cream an immediate thumbs up.
After collecting a second tub of the ice cream and with a pint of Chockwork in hand, Daniel Jackson from Harold Hill said:
“I like the ice cream and the beer itself. They pair extremely well.”Daniel Jackson
Local band, The Locals, from Herongate provided the musical entertainment. For the musicians and singers: Alan Kemp, Dan Tucker, Phil Way, Paul Hansen, Alan Binks and Pete Hewitt, it was their first performance at the brewery.
“We enjoyed ourselves too and look forward to a return gig.”Band leader Alan Kemp
The Locals will be playing more Rock and Roll at their next gig at The White Horse in Coxtie Green on Saturday 27th April.
Vicky Fitzpatrick, Will Aldiss and Jodie Bell of the Cartshed Restaurant, Epping also returned to the brewery. This time the trio cooked a large hog roast, roast chicken and snacks which were well received by hungry festival goers.
“We’re always on the lookout for different local charities to come along to our events and to raise awareness about the work they do. So if any charities in the Brentwood and surrounding area would like to get in touch, we’d love to hear from them. The same goes for any local bands too. Please get in touch.
“The next beer festival at Brentwood Brewery is on Saturday 8th June, complete with 20 touring Mustangs.”