Wonderful Beer, Cheese, Music & Sunshine

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.

Steve Dempsey & Adrian Pallett of Thirsty Work | Photo: Wendy Pike

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.

Brian ‘The Cheese’ Lynn Serving a Selection of Cheeses | Photo: Wendy Pike

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.

A Gromit-less ‘Wallace’ Serving Behind the Bar | Photo: Wendy Pike

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.

“Oooh Lovely Cheese” – Roland Kannor, ‘Wallace’ (David Nicholson) and Brian Lynn at Brentwood Brewery’s Beer & Cheese Festival | Photo: Wendy Pike

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.

Cute English Bulldog Puppy Frank from Hutton | Photo: Wendy Pike
Honey, All The Way From Bromley in Kent | Photo: Wendy Pike
Beau of Brentwood | Photo: Wendy Pike
Rosie (red) & Nala of Colchester | Photo: Wendy Pike

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.

Fabulous Brentwood Beer
Hope Kannor Serving Cllr Jon Cloke
Cheers to Brentwood Beer
Dancing to the Band
Thirsty Work for Thirsty Work
Busy at the Bar
Nice Cheese
Listening to the Band Thirsty Work
Enjoying the Beer

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.

L-R Debbie Kannor and Pam Biddulph of Little Doves Christian Pre-School with Cllr Jon Cloke, President of Brentwood Rotary Club, Outside Brentwood Brewery | Photo: Wendy Pike

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.

Sue Simpson (Vice Chairperson), John Hasselgreen (volunteer) and Roisin Cassels (Chairperson) of The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership | Photo: Wendy Pike

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.

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