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, or use Twitter or Facebook.




April

Easter Beer Festival
The Viper, Mill Green Rd, Ingatestone CM4 0PT
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Good Friday 19th April 2019 to BH Monday 22nd April 2019
After a period when the future of The Viper looked ‘iffy’, another of their beer festivals is announced!
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Easter Beer Festival
The Woolpack, Chelmsford
Good Friday 19th April 2019 to Sunday 21st April 2019
Over 80 ales and ciders.
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Easter Beer Festival
Mersea Island Brewery, Rawsalls Lane, East Mersea
Good Friday 19th April 2019 to Easter Monday 22nd April 2019
35 real ales, all brewed in Essex. Plus entertainment, and a hog roast. Someone asked on FB about tides (what with Mersea Island being an actual island and there only being one road (The Strood) on and off it, and it sometimes gets covered at high tide, and Mersea Brewery responded that “..daytime high tides for Easter are as follows; Good Friday 1:07pm 5.4m; Saturday 1:49pm 5.4m; Easter Sunday 2:29pm 5.4m; Easter Monday 3:07pm 5.3m. These are some of the highest tides of the year so potentially there is a chance The Strood causeway could be covered up to an hour either side of high tide. You have been warned!”
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Ale Festival
The Peterboat, 27 High Street, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2EN
Thursday 25th April 2019 to Monday 29th April 2019.
“We’ll be showcasing some of the best tipples around, from a wide range of breweries, including some very worthy award winners. This is your chance to sample over 40 craft beers, real ales, ciders and perries.”
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Spring Real Ale Train
Epping Ongar Railway
Saturday 27th April 2019
“Following the success of our Real Ale Trains last year, we’re running them again this year! We plan to have a selection of local real ales and 2 ciders available, bottled ales together with bar snacks, onboard the train in the Flag and Whistle Bar.”
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May

Craftwerk Bottle Share
Craftwerk Beers, 14 Alexandra Street, Southend SS1 1BU
Thursday 2nd May 2019, from 8pm
“After the success of our first bottle share I’d recommend you get down to our second one … bring a bottle of beer (preferably 750ml) and enjoy trying new styles whilst meeting new people. Last share we tried 22 different beers! All welcome”
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The Ale House Beer Tap Takeover – One Mile End
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 2nd May 2019
More details when available.
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Beer Fest
The Three Pigeons, Halstead
Thursday 2nd May 2019 to BH Monday 6th May 2019
Real ales, ciders, bbq and music.
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Grain Star Wars Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 2nd May 2019 to BH Monday 6th May 2019
Another in their sequence of their popular tap takeovers.
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Real Ale & Cider Festival Essex v Suffolk battle of the counties
South Benfleet Social Club, 8 Vicarage Hill, Benfleet SS7 1PB
Thursday 2nd May 2019 to BH Monday 6th May 2019
“20 real ales 10 from each county……scorecards available on the bar. 7 Real ciders. All Ale & Cider £3 a pint. Free entry. Food available all sessions. Entertainment Saturday & Sunday night.”
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The Harwich Ale Trail
Various locations
Thursday 2nd May 2019 to BH Monday 6th May 2019
“Harwich Ale Trail is an ale & cider festival set in the wonderful pubs, restaurants, hotels and other venues in Historic Harwich. There’s one beer & cider list covering all the venues, check back just before the Ale Trail for the list but expect ales & ciders from far and wide.”
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Filthy Keg ’19 – Go Big Or Go Home
Victoria Inn, North Station Road, Colchester
Friday 3rd May 2019 to Sunday 5th May 2019
‘Appen it’s more keg beer madness. More dets when available.
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Leigh on Sea Brewing Company Beer Festival
Leigh on Sea Brewing Company Beer Festival, Leigh on Sea
Friday 3rd May 2019 to Sunday 5th May 2019
Over 20 beers from across the country. Food and live music.
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Black Buoy Real Ale and Cider Festival
The Black Buoy, Black Buoy Hill, Wivenhoe
Friday 3rd May 2019 to BH Monday 6th May 2019
“4 days of 40 great ales, ciders, perrys, craft lagers, craft ales, live music, hot food and a barrel full of laughs. We will be serving food as normal alongside Junk yard smokehouse on saturday from 2pm and Gourmet Yorkshire wraps on sunday from 2pm.”
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Operation Mayfly – Neon Raptor Tap Takeover
Mile and a Third, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff on Sea
Saturday 4th May 2019
“To celebrate the launch of Neon Raptor’s new beer Operation Mayfly NEIPA, we will be having a Neon Raptor Tap takeover with 4 of their beers on keg”
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Spring Beer Festival
Chelmsford City Racecourse, Great Notley
Saturday 4th May 2019 and Sunday 5th May 2019
“This year’s Beer Festival feature: The Best of Essex Cask Ale, International Craft Beer, German Bier Haus, Cider Experance, Street Food.”
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Southend Beer Share & Social
Mile and a Third, 67 Hamlet Court Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7EU
Sunday 5th May 2019, 2pm to 6pm
The first bottle share in Southend.
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Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 7th May 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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Siren Craft Brewery Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 23rd May 2019 to BH Monday 27th May 2019
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The Hoop Beer Festival
21 High Street, CM4 9BD Stock, Essex
Friday 24th May 2019 to BH Monday 27th May 2019
Restricted again to the pub and the beer garden, no quaffing off the premises! A focus on Essex breweries this year.
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Beer and Music Festival
The Cross Keys, The Green, Hatfield Peverel CM3 2JQ
Friday 24th May 2019 to BH Monday 27th May 2019
“We are hosting our first ever Beer festival. There will be over 20 Real Ales, 4 German beers and 12 Ciders. We will also have a great selection of over 40 gins at our Gin and Prosecco Bar.”
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May Beer & Music Festival
The White Hart, Margaretting Tye
Saturday 25th May 2019 to BH Monday 27th May 2019
More details when available.
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34th Colchester Beer Festival
Colchester Arts Centre, St. Marys, Colchester
Tuesday 28th May 2019 to Saturday 1st June 2019
More details when available.
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The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 30th May 2019 to Sunday 2nd June 2019
More details when available.
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June

Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 4th June 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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Braintree Beer Festival
Bocking Arts Theatre
Thursday 13th June 2019 to Saturday 15th June 2019
More details when available.
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Spring Beer Festival
The Sun Inn, Feering
Wednesday 26th June 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019
More details when available.
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Wantsum Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 27th June 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019
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Saffron Walden Beer Festival
The Common, Saffron Walden
Friday 28th June 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019
“Our second visit to Saffron Walden with our beer festival. We are pleased to be sharing the venue with Armed Forces Day on the Saturday.”
A variety of beers, ales and ciders will be available along with wine, presecco, spirits and a selection of gins.
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9th Billericay Beer Festival
Hannakins Farm Community Centre, Rosebay Avenue, Billericay, CM12 0SY
Friday 28th June 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019
“As always we will have a selection of real ales and ciders from around the country as well as still supporting our local breweries, full lists will be available nearer the time.”
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July

Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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Fabfest ’19
The Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, SS4 1BU
Friday 5th July 2019 to Saturday 6th July 2019
3 sessions to choose from designed to make an intimate experience, up to 12 craft brewery bars from across the country plus the Fable/variety bar. High quality vegan food available – electronic dance music in separate room.
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July Beer & Music Festival
The White Hart, Margaretting Tye
Friday 19th July 2019 to Sunday 21st July 2019
More details when available.
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Colchester Summer Real Ale, Cider and Craft Gin Festival
Colchester and East Essex Cricket Club, Catchpool Road, Colchester CO1 1XN
25th July 2019 to 28th July 2019
“Based at the picturesque cricket ground in Lower Castle Park it is a family friendly venue and event with music, food and of course a variety of real ale and cider. For 2019 we are adding a selection of craft gins and a variety of proseccos / sparkling wines to ensure there is something for all of Colchester’s discerning palates!”
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Dark Beer & Scotch Eggs Festival
The Old New Inn, Colchester
25th July 2019 to 28th July 2019
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August

The Ale House Beer Tap Takeover – Hammerton
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 2nd August 2019
More details when available.
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Rodney Inn Beer Festival
The Rodney Inn, North Hill, Little Baddow CM3 4TQ
Thursday 2nd August 2019 to Saturday 4th August 2019
12 Beers in marquee, 3 in pub, 3 ciders in marquee & 1 in pub, Thai and English food, and music.
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Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 6th August 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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Hammerton Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
22nd August 2019 to 26th August 2019
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The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 29th August 2019 to Sunday 1st September 2019
More details when available.
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September

Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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Chappel Beer Festival
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel nr Colchester
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 (evening) to Saturday 7th September 2019 (11am to 11pm)
More details when available.
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Ipswich Beer Festival
Town Hall & Corn Exchange, Cornhill, Ipswich IP1 1DH
Thursday 19th September 2019 to Saturday 21st September 2019
It’s been a little while since there’s been a beer festival in Ipswich, and the young (relatively speaking 😉 ) guys from Hopsters have stepped up to the plate and their beer festival looks to offer a great balance of craft beer and real ale alongside cider and street food and music. Tickets on sale now (it’s a bit pricier than the usual real ale beer festivals, but then again, it’s not your usual real ale beer festival).
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North Brewing Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
26th September 2019 to 29th September 2019
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October

Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 1st October 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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Bishop Nick Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
24th October 2019 to 27th October 2019
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The Ale House Beer Tap Takeover – East London Breweing
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 31st October 2019
More details when available.
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November

Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 5th November 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 28th November 2019 to Sunday 1st December 2019
More details when available.
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Ampersand Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
28th November 2019 to 1st December 2019
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December

Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7:00pm-?
The long-running SBXS. 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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The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 19th December 2019 to Monday 23rd December 2019
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