Beer Festivals in Essex (and Tap Takeovers)

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If you are looking for an Essex beer festival, you’ve come to the right place. This is a list of beer festivals in Essex both major CAMRA beer festivals and those held in pubs. Tap takeovers and the like are also covered.

If you know of a festival that you think should feature here, use the contact form or email me (using the Watsons Brewery email as I’ll spot your email more quickly), or use Twitter or Facebook.


Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SXBS. Rock up with 2x330ml bottles of the same craft beer (or 1x750ml bottle). Check their online spreadsheet to see what beers have been there so you don’t bring one that’s been there before.
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Leigh on Sea Brewery Winter Beer Festival
Leigh on Sea Brewery
Thursday 5th December 2019 to Saturday 7th December 2019
A range of one-off brews and guest beers, with two cask and 10 kegs on at all times.
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Christmas Beers Festival
The Cross Keys, Hatfield Peverel
Thursday 12th December 2019 to Sunday 15th December 2019
“20 real ales 10 ciders, 4 German beers and mulled wine to help you get in the Christmas spirit. We will also have live music all weekend along with German and local sausages. All this in a large heated festive🎄marquee so no matter what the weather come rain or shine we will have lots of 🍺🍺”
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Cloudwater Tap Takeover
West Road Tap, 2 West Road,Southend SS0 9DA
Friday 13th December 2019 12:00 to Sunday 15th December 2019 at 19:00
“Full beer list to follow… Also featuring food on the Saturday: ‘Merry Crisp-mas’, our retro Crisp Sandwich pop-up!”
more details (facebook)

Santa’s Tap Takeover
The Orange Tree, Chelmsford
Wednesday 18th December 2019 to Wednesday 25th December 2019
Evidently an all-xmas beer selection!
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The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 19th December 2019 to Monday 23rd December 2019
More details when available.
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