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.




August

The Ale House Beer Tap Takeover – Hammerton
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 2nd August 2019
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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
Thursday 22nd August 2019 to BH Monday 26th August 2019
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Weird Beard Tap Takeover
Mile and a Third, 67 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7EU
Friday 23rd August 2019 to BH Monday 26th August 2019
Featuring 3 casks and 8 key kegs
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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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Golden Lion Beer Festival
35 North St, Rochford, SS4 1AB
Tuesday 24th September 2019 to Monday 30th September 2019.
30 plus real ales, 8 real ciders(incl some from Essex), food served until 10pm every day. Live music Sunday late afternoon/early evening.

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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