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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Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 1st November 2018 to Sunday 4th November 2018
24 Cask Ales, 8 Keg Beers, 5 German Beers on Tap, 100+ Bottles & Cans, 12 Traditional Ciders, 1 Guest Keg Cider.
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Winter Real Ale, Cider & Sausage Festival
Donkey and Buskins, Layer Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0HU
Thursday 8th November 2018 to Monday 12th November 2018
More details when available.
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Tiny Rebel Tap Takeover
West Road Tap, 2 West Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9DA
Friday 9th November 2018 to Sunday 11th November 2018
Casks and key kegs.

Grenfest XV
The British Grenadier, 67 Military Road, Colchester CO1 2AP
Friday 9th November 2018 to Sunday 11th November 2018
Real ale, ciders and perries. Festival food. Music Saturday afternoon.
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Cloudwater Tap Takeover
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 15th November 2018
4 cask, 8 keg. One of two Essex pubs (see below) anointed by Cloudwater as worthy purveyors of the the limited run of casks in their autumn/winter range. Truly blessed.
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Wantsum Tap Takeover
The Orange Tree, 6 Lower Anchor Street, Chelmsford CM2 0AS
Wednesday 14th November 2018 to Sunday 18th November 2018
7 real ales from Wantsum Brewery, plus the Preussen Pilsner!

Magic Rock Tap Takeover
Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester
Thursday 15th November 2018 to Sunday 18th November 2018
Nine beers on cask and key-keg!
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Cloudwater AW18 Brewed Night
The Victoria Inn, Colchester
Friday 16th November 2018
4 casks, 3 key keg, bottles and cans and more oh my! (See above)
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Harwich & Parkeston Winter Ale Festival
Parkeston Railway Club
Wednesday 21st November 2018 to Saturday 24th November 2018
More dets when available.
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Rochford Beer & Cider Festival
Freight House Bradley Way, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BU
Wednesday 21st November 2018 to Saturday 24th November 2018
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Ampersand Brewery Takeover
The Old New Inn, Colchester
22nd November 2018 to 25th November 2018
The latest in a series of tap takeovers at the Colchester CAMRA PoTY.
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Winter Real Ale Festival
South Benfleet Social Club, 8 Vicarage Hill, Benfleet SS7 1PB
Thursday 29th November 2018 to Sunday 2nd December 2018
20 real ales and ciders, plus shanty, Mummer and Morris action, and music, and food.
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Christmas Beer Festival
The Woolpack, Mildmay Road, Chelmsford
Wednesday 5th December 2018 to Saturday 8th December 2018
“A selection of the finest Real Ales with a festive feel..”
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Christmas Beer Festival
Billericay Brewing Company
Thursday 6th December 2018 to Sunday 9th December 2018.
A bar in the micropub and one in the brewery serving 20+ beers from ourselves & other local microbreweries and Essex wines, ciders, & perries. Regular beers and some seasonal specials!
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Brentwood Brewing Christmas Beer Festival
Brentwood Brewery
Saturday 8th December 2018
Festive and other beers, food, xmas carols, brewery panto!
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X-Mas Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
21st December 2018 to 24th December 2018
24 Cask Ales, 8 Keg Beers, 5 German Beers on Keg, 12 Traditional Still Ciders, 1 Keg Guest Cider, 100+ Bottled / Canned Beers. Beer selection to be decided.

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