Beer Festivals in Essex

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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 and within easy reach of Essex, both major CAMRA beer festivals and those held in pubs. We’ll also feature the odd cider festival and other beer-related activities.

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South Woodham Ferrers Beer Festival
South Woodham Ferrers Village Hall
Thursday 5th October 2017 to Saturday 7th October 2017

Mersea Brewery Beer Festival
Mersea Brewery, East Mersea
Friday 6th October 2017 and Saturday 7th October 2017, 12am to 5pm each day.
Mersea ales + a few guests + ciders. £3 a pint.

Maybush Hub Community Business Weekend & Mini Ale Festival
Maybush Inn, Farm Road, Great Oakley nr Harwich CO12 5AL
Saturday 7th October 2017 and Sunday 8th October 2017
4 ciders and 10 real ales, plus entertainment and food.

Autumn Beer Festival
Sun Inn, Feering, CO5 9NH
Generally held in October, but due to landlord and landlady getting married, either cancelled or postponed this year.

Bishop Nick Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn Pub, 36 Chapel St South, Colchester CO2 7AX
Thursday 12th October 2017 to Sunday 15th October 2017
Bishop Nick returns to The New Inn for another takeover after last year’s successful event.
more details

Traitor’s Gate, Grays
Thursday 12th October 2017 to Sunday 15th October 2017
Up to 12 real ales outside and 6 on the bar insides.
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Beer and Pie Festival
The Live and Let Live, Miller Road, Stanway, Colchester
Friday 20th October 2017 to Sunday 22nd October 2017
A dozen or so real ales and some excellent pies.
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Woolpack Halloween Beer Festival
The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, CM2 0DN Chelmsford, Essex
Wednesday 25th October 2017 to Saturday 28th October 2017
“20 of the Best Halloween Themed and seasonal Ales & Ciders”

Ale House October Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 26th October 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017
Couple of Meet the (Welsh) Brewer sessions, lots of casks, music and more.


Future Champions Beer Festival 6
Victoria Inn, North Station Road, Colchester
Saturday 4th November 2017
The Sixth Annual Shed Brewers Festival, courtesy of Anglian Craft Brewers – tickets in advance only, beers from local homebrewers which will be of top quality, with food laid on by The Vic, and tutored beer tastings.

Grenfest XIV
The British Grenadier, 67 Military Road, Colchester CO1 2AP
Friday 10th November 2017 to Sunday 12th November 2017
“The famous Grenfest returns – you know the routine so we’ll see you at the bar.”

Weird Beard Tap Takeover
Three Wise Monkeys, High Street, Colchester
Thursday 16th November 2017 to Sunday 19th November 2017
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Rochford Beer and Cider Festival
Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, Essex. SS4 1BU
Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Saturday 25th November 2017
More details when available.
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Harwich & Parkeston Winter Ale Festival
Parkeston Railway Club, Hamilton Street, Parkeston. CO12 4PQ
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 to Saturday 25th November 2017, 11.00 to 23.00
50+ different real ales, cider and bottled continental beers. Live music Fri and Sat evening.
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South Benfleet SSC Ale and Cider Festival
South Benfleet Sports and Social Club, 8 Vicarage Hill, SS7 1PB
Their winter beer fest is generally the first week of December. More details when available.

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