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.




October

Autumn Beer Festival
Billericay Brewing
Thursday 10th October 2019 to Sunday 13th October 2019
20+ beers and ciders across 2 bars, gins, Prosecco and Essex wines. New street food selection from Chapel Street Kitchen on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon & evening and Sunday afternoon.
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Oktoberfest
West Road Tap, 2 West Road, Southend SS0 9DA
Friday 11th October 2019 to Saturday 12th October 2019
“Oktoberfest is back, showcasing classic Bavarian Fest beers as well as a range of other German beer styles including Keller Bier, Kolsch, Altbier, Weisen, Hefeweisse, Dunkel, Rauchbier and more. Authentic 1 litre Steins will be available in true Munich style!”
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Beer and Pie Festival 2019
The Live and Let Live, Millers Road, Stanway, Colchester
Friday 11th October 2019 to Sunday 13th October 2019
The return of their popular beer/pie fest.
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Bishop Nick Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
24th October 2019 to 27th October 2019
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Oktoberfest
The Place, Pitsea Leisure Centre, Northlands Pavement, Pitsea, Basildon, SS13 3DU
Saturday 26th October 2019, 7pm.
“Join us for a fun filled night to celebrate Oktoberfest. With a selection of German beers for you to try at the bar, a Hog Roast available and The Stein Meisters Oompah Band providing the entertainment it will be a fun filled night for the whole family.”
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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

Shed Brewers Beer Festival
Victoria Inn, North Station Road, Colchester
Saturday 2nd November 2019
“15 (ish) beers, all from a bunch of very talented guys & girls who haven’t yet taken the plunge to go commercial.”
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Essex Bottle Share
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Tuesday 5th November 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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Beer, cider and sausage festival
Donkey and Buskins, Layer, Colchester
Wednesday 6th November 2019 to Monday 11th November 2019
Speciality ales for Rememberance Sunday, and 5p per pint to the Royal British Legion.
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Cloudwater Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 14th November 2019, 11am onwards
Cask and keg, and a Cloudwater staff member doing a tutored tasting at 7pm.
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Harwich & Dovercourt Bay Winter Ale Festival 2019
Kingsway Hall, Kingsway, Dovercourt CO12 3AB
Wednesday 20th November 2019 to Saturday 23rd November 2019
Back at the Kingsway Hall! More details when available.
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Rochford Beer & Cider Festival
Freight House Bradley Way, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BU
Wednesday 20th November 2019 to Saturday 23rd November 2019
More details when available.
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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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Real Ale & Cider Festival
South Benfleet Social Club, 8 Vicarage Hill,
Thursday 28th November 2019 to Sunday 1st December 2019
More details when available.
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December

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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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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