Beer Festivals in Essex

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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 and within easy reach of Essex, both major CAMRA beer festivals and those held in pubs. We’ll also feature the odd cider festival and other beer-related activities.

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February

Beer and Sausage Festival
The Live and Let Live, Millers Lane, Stanway, Colchester
Friday 8th February 2019 to Sunday 10th February 2019
19 real ales, 5 ciders and 20 flavours of sausages.
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Tiny Rebel 7th Birthday Collabfest
West Road Tap, 2 West Road, Southend SS0 9DA
Thursday 14th February 2019
“Welsh brewing wizards Tiny Rebel are seven! To celebrate they’ve released 7 incredible collaborations with some of the best breweries in the UK and we’ve got them all on tap!”
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Tiny Rebel 7th Birthday Bash
Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Rd, Colchester CO1 1RB
Friday 15th February 2019 to Sunday 17th February 2019
“Tiny Rebel have released 7 collaboration beers to celebrate their 7th birthday and here at The Victoria Inn we have them all. All 7 beers will be pouring over the weekend, plus we will have a selection of Tiny Rebel Gins.”
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Chelmsford Winter Beer and Cider Festival
King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Tuesday 19th February 2019 to Saturday 23 February 2019
170+ Real Ales, 50+ Real Ciders, Perries & Pyders, Hot & cold food and soft drinks available at all times, free entrance before 6pm and then £3 after 6pm (except CAMRA members). £3 refundable glass hire
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Three Wise Monkeys Winter Beer Festival
Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DN
21st February 2019 to 24th February 2019
“The festival is our very own modern take on a traditional ale festival, with our pop up beer bar serving 24 casks of the freshest brews from the best craft beer breweries around including our very own Other Monkey Brewing. We will also have some extra special keg specials to go alongside our cask offering.”
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The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 28th February 2019 to Sunday 3rd March 2019
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March

Humpty Dumpty Brewery Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
1st March 2019 to 4th March 2019
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Chappel Winter Beer Festival
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel, nr Colchester
Friday 1st March 2019 (pre-booked tickets for 5:30pm onwards) & Saturday 2nd March 2019
Hopefully no Beast from the East this year!
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Thornbridge Brewery Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
28th March 2019 to 31st March 2019
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April

Maldon Beer and Cider Festival
Plume School, Maldon
Wednesday 10th April 2019 – Saturday 13th April 2019
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Easter Beer Festival
Queen’s Head, Boreham
Wednesday 17th April 2019 to Tuesday 23rd April 2019
30+ ales and ciders, plus German lagers.
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Resurrection Brewery Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 18th April 2019 to 22nd April 2019
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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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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

Grain Star Wars Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
2nd May 2019 to 6th May 2019
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The Ale House Beer Tap Takeover – One Mile End
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 2nd May 2019
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Siren Craft Brewery Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
23rd May 2019 to 27th May 2019
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May Beer & Music Festival
The White Hart, Margaretting Tye
25th May, 26th May, 27th May 2019
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34th Colchester Beer Festival
Colchester Arts Centre, St. Marys, Colchester
Tuesday 28th May 2019 to Saturday 1st June 2019
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The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 30th May 2019 to Sunday 2nd June 2019
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June

Wantsum Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
27th June 2019 to 30th June 2019
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July

July Beer & Music Festival
The White Hart, Margaretting Tye
19th July, 20th July, 21st July 2019
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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
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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
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September

Chappel Beer Festival
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel nr Colchester
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 (evening) to Saturday 7th September 2019 (11am to 11pm)
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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

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
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November

The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 28th November 2019 to Sunday 1st December 2019
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Ampersand Tap Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
28th November 2019 to 1st December 2019
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December

The Ale House Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 19th December 2019 to Monday 23rd December 2019
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