The Brentwood Brewing Company began with a conversation between founders Dave Holmes and Roland Kannor that went something like “this pint’s not brilliant – we can do better than this!”
So, after a strenuous few months of hard research (hic!!!) the brewery went into production on 4th July, 2006. Our original capacity was 5 BBL or about 1400 pints!
Our first brew, ‘Summer Virgin’ was voted Beer of the Festival at the 2007 CAMRA Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival. In 2008 Roland and Dave were joined by another local bussinessman, Jason Jopson. Jason helped finance a new 20BBL brewery which is in use today.
Also in 2008 Sophie de Ronde, BSc. Hon. joined us as our Head Brewer. Sophie has recently moved on to pastures new having created some wonderful beers.
Roland’s son Ethan is now Head brewer and we believe the youngest head brewer in the country!
Dave’s son Mike Holmes is our other full time brewer. Having worked under Sophie and Ethan for the last 5 years he is now an accomplished brewer.
In the office in 2011 we introduced Carol Tomsett, book keeper, and Hal Kannor, sales and festival organiser. The two work well side by side to take care of the daily toil of a brewery.
In 2013, we say goodbye to Dave as partner. He does however, maintain his interest in the company and what we do, and helps out when it comes to festival time.
Since then we have been joined by Jaye (Sales), Gary (Accounts), Dean the Dray, Ralph & Shannon the shop.