The sun shone, the band, Thirsty Work, played for the entire afternoon and beer fans flocked to our Summer Beer & Cheese Festival (Saturday 17th August.)
“We’d like to thank everyone who came along to make the day such a wonderful success. It has to be one of the best Beer Festivals we’ve ever had. The great weather certainly helped.”Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company.
As well as playing live music, Steve Dempsey and Adrian Pallett of duo Thirsty Work, like to brew beer. Assisted by Adrian’s brother Steve, in their spare time the trio brews real ale in a garden cabin in Doddinghurst, giving away their brews to friends. These hobbyist brewers, aka, ‘The Doddinghurst Brewery’ brought along an English Pale Ale, a Golden Wheat Ale and a Sweet Spicy Amber Ale of theirs for festival goers to sample for free. And feedback for their beer was very encouraging.
Cheese expert Brian Lynn from Pilgrims Hatch was kept very busy throughout the day, serving plates of bread and cheese to hungry festival goers.
There was plenty of draught, keg and bottled Brentwood and Elephant School Beers on offer as well as a new creation, Hopper Strange Thing, which seemed to go down rather well. Also on the beer list was one from our pals at Billericay Brewing Company, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
One half of the celebrity, cheese-loving pair Wallace & Gromit made a brief appearance, pulling pints behind the bar and posing for photographs with Roland and Brian.
Although Gromit was a no-show, the brewery was pleased to welcome so many cute canines to the festival including 15 week old English Bulldog puppy Frank from Hutton with his owner Joshua.
As always there was a relaxed vibe at the festival with visitors enjoying the sunshine, a little cheese, a pint or two and listening to the live music.
Among the brewery’s invited guests were two local organisations – charity Little Doves Christian Pre-School from Navestock and voluntary, not-for-profit, local residents’ group, The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership.
As President of Brentwood Rotary Club, Cllr Jon Cloke announced at the Beer Festival that Little Doves Christian Pre-School was to be his charity of the year.
Representatives from The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership (PHCP) were at the Beer Festival to raise awareness of the group and the work they undertake, like litter picking and bulb planting, to enhance the neighbourhood’s environment.
“We must thank Brian Lynn, Thirsty Work, President of Brentwood Rotary Club Cllr Jon Cloke, Little Doves Christian Pre-School and The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership for making our festival such a wonderfully enjoyable community event.”Roland Kannor, MD Brentwood Brewing Company
Brentwood Brewery’s next beer festival will be Oktoberfest on Saturday 28th September 11am – 5pm. The event is being organised in partnership with Brentwood Landkreis Roth Town Twinning Association and both Brentwood brewed and German beer, from Pyraser Landbrauerei of Thalmässing in Bavaria, will be available.