Beer Festivals in Essex (and Tap Takeovers)

Beer fests and tap takeovers across Essex. If you know about one that isn’t here – let me know! Email me at essexrealale@gmail.com or ping me a message on facebook or twitter. Obviously the events below are all subject to the situation with covid. As of early February 2022 there is no information online about a number of the main Essex CAMRA branch beer festivals.

May

VE Day Ale Festival
Chequers, Billericay
Thursday 5th May 2022 to Sunday 8th May 2022
Beer festival with live music.
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Spring Beer Festival
Chelmsford City Racecourse
Saturday 14th May 2022, 12midday onwards
“..the finest German beer, lots of tasty bratwurst, action-packed racing and complete with a lively performance from the world-famous Bavarian Stomperse”
more details (Facebook)

Beer Festival
South Benfleet Social Club, 8 Vicarage Hill, Benfleet SS7 1PB
Thursday 26th May to…
A welcome return for the first of the club’s two annual beer festivals. More details when available.

Polly’s & Fyne Ales Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
26th May to 29th May 2022
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Future Champions Beerfest #9
The Victoria Inn, North Station Road, Colchester
Saturday 28th May 2022, 12noon to 8pm
15 different beers brewed by non-commercial brewers (prev. homebrewers), free bbq/buffet. £12. Ticket only. Will sell out!
more details

 

June 2022

 
35th Colchester Beer and Cider Festival
Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 1st June 2022 to Saturday 4th June 2022
More details when available. But if you’ve been going to them for 35 years, like what I have, you’ll know what to expect….
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Thurrock Beer & Cider Festival
Thurrock Civic Hall, Grays
Tuesday 7th June 2022 to Saturday 11th June 2022
More details when available.
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Braintree Real Ale Festival
Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree
Wednesday 8th June 2022 to Saturday 11th June 2022
More details when available.
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Beer Festival
The Swan, Little Totham returns,
Friday 10th to Sunday 19th June 2022
According to my Twitter chum ‘DW’. More info when available (their Twitter feed hasnt been updated for 3yrs
and nothing on their FB page yet)

Three Blind Mice Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
16th June 2022 to 19th June 2022
more details

Filthy Keg Festival
Victoria Inn, North Station Road, Colchester
Friday 24th June 2022 to Sunday 26th June 2022
More details when available.

July

Thornbridge Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
14th July 2022 to 17th July 2022
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Summer Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
28th July 2022 to 31st July 2022
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August

Hops Farm Craft Beer Festival
Hops Farm, Hungerdown Lane, Lawford, Manningtree CO11 2LX
Saturday 6th August 2022
In association with Two Brews, a craft beer festival featuring craft beer from Ampersand Brew Co, Briarbank Brewing Co, Double-Barrelled Brewery, Fallen Acorn Brewing Co, Jackrabbit Brewing Co, Pomona Island, Radio City Beer Works, S43 Brewery, Three Hills Brewing and Vaux Brewing. Crafty cans, local food and a disco.
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Cloudwater & The Kernel Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
11th August 2022 to 14th August 2022
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25th Clacton Real Ale and Cider Festival
August 2022
The Good News is that CAMRA HQ have thought long and hard, and have condescended to give the thumbs-up for the Clacton festival this year, which will be Number 25. Huzzah! More details when available.
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Summer Beer Festival
Wibblers Brewery
Saturday 27th August 2022 and Sunday 28th August 2022
More details when available.

September

Chappel Beer Festival
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel nr Colchester
Tuesday 6th September 2002 (evening only) and Wednesday 7th September 2022 to Saturday 10th September 2022 (11:00 to Late Eve)
Planning underway. Not the mahoosive festival of pre-pandemic days, but full details not finalised yet.

Brass Castle Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
22nd September 2022 to 25th September 2022
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October

Burnt Mill & Mallinsons Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
27th October 2022 to 30th October 2022
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November

Squawk Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
24th November 2022 to 27th November 2022
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December

Christmas Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
21st December 2022 to 24th December 2022
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