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.

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June

Southend Beer Share and Social
Mile and a Third, 67 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff On Sea
Sunday 2nd June 2019, 4pm to 7pm
“Bring along something interesting to share, all styles of ‘craft beer’ are welcomed. Please NO macro, supermarket, beer 52 or flavourly ‘subscription box’ items. Ideally 750ml sharing bottles, 2 x 330ml bottles or 2 x 440ml cans.”
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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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Thurrock Beer Festival
The Civic Hall, Blackshotts Lane, Grays
Tuesday 4th June 2019 to Saturday 8th June 2019
100 different beers, 30 ciders and perries, live music.
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Summer Beer Festival
The Swan, Little Totham
Friday 7th June 2019 to Sunday 16th June 2018
“70+ Real Ales, Craft Beer, Ciders & Gin! Live Music, BBQ, Hog Roast, Pizza”
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Summer Beer Festival
Brentwood Brewing Co, Brentwood
Saturday 8th June 2019
7 cask, 4 keg, with prosecco, gin, wine and soft drinks for the non-beer drinkers.
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Braintree Beer Festival
Bocking Arts Theatre
Thursday 13th June 2019 to Saturday 15th June 2019, 11am to 11pm
“Alongside the regular Essex Bar, we will have a National Bar with beers from around the UK. We plan to have about 50 different beers, 12 ciders & perries, as well as wine and Prosecco (available at the Cider Bar). We will also have hot & cold food at all sessions from Hopleaf.”
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Gibberd Garden Beer Festival
The Gibberd Garden, Harlow
Saturday 15th June 2019 and Sunday 16th June 2019
A wide variety of beers and ciders on sale from local brewers for you to try, along with a BBQ, and activities for children.
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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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Hurdlemakers Arms 15th Beer Festival
Hurdlemakers Arms, Woodham Mortimer, nr Maldon
Friday 28th June 2019 to 30th June 2019
Long-standing fest – last year they had a marquee.
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Victoria Inn Bottle Share #3
Victoria Inn, North Station Road, Colchester
Saturday 29th June 2019, 4pm to 7pm
“10 places available. Cake will be provided.”
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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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Chelmsford Summer Beer & Cider Festival
Admirals Park, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2PL
Tuesday 2nd July 2019 to Saturday 6th July 2019
Brewery Bars, 300+ Real Ales, Key keg bar, 100+ Real Ciders, Perries & Pyders, Wine, Podge’s Belgian Beer Bar, World food kitchen with over 15 different foods from around the world, family day attractions for the children on Saturday. Live entertainment all week.
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Fabfest ’19 – CANCELLED
The Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, SS4 1BU
Friday 5th July 2019 to Saturday 6th July 2019
Cancelled due to low ticket sales (no trains running and an unexpected clash of dates with the Chelmsford beer festival cites as potential reasons).

Manningtree Beer Festival
Manningtree
Friday 12th July 2019 and Saturday 13th July 2019
More details when available.
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Al Festo 2019
The Sun Inn, Dedham
Saturday 13th July 2019 and Sunday 14th July 2019
Live Americana music, craft beer, cider, gin, prosecco, games, art and food.
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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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Real Ale Festival
Epping Ongar Railway
Friday 19th July 2019 to Sunday 21st July 2019
Cask Ales, cider, live music on and off the trains. Trains and buses run into the evening on Friday and Saturday
Our biggest Real Ale Festival to date!
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Colchester Summer Real Ale, Cider and Craft Gin Festival
Colchester and East Essex Cricket Club, Catchpool Road, Colchester CO1 1XN
Thursday 25th July 2019 to Sunday 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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Harwich Redoubt Beer Festival
Redoubt Fort, Harwich
Thursday 25th July 2019 to Saturday 27th July 2019
A great setting for a beer festival!
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Dark Beer & Scotch Eggs Festival
The Old New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 25th July 2019 to Sunday 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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10th Hopstock Beer & Music Festival
The Compasses, Littley Green
Friday 9th August 2019 to Sunday 11th August 2019
Over 50 Real Ales and Real Ciders, live music, vintage tractor ploughing and charity stalls.
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24th Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale & Cider Festival
St. James’ Hall, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea. CO15 1LE
Wednesday 21st August 2019 to Saturday 24th August 2019
70+ real ales (from cask and keykeg), ciders, perries, Essex wines, and Belgian and other International beers + free soft drinks for designated drivers
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Witham Beer Festival
Witham Hockey & Cricket Clubs, Maldon Road Park, CM8 1HN.
Thursday 22nd August 2018 to Saturday 24th August 2019
“We aim once again to bring you wide range of ales, lagers, ciders and wines to enjoy, as well as some top class local musical entertainment, to make it an inclusive experience……”
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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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Coggeshall Beer Festival
Abbey Farm, Abbey Lane, Coggeshall.
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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Witham Public Hall Real Ale Festival
Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham CM8 2DY
Thursday 26th September 2019 to Sunday 29th September 2019
“An intimate festival with with a convivial and relaxing atmoshpere offering an interesting and unusual selection of beers from all over the country.”
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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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South Woodham Ferrers Beer & Cider Festival
Village Hall, Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers
Thursday 3rd October 2019 to Saturday 5th October 2019
More details when available.
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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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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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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
More details when available.
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