Essex Breweries

This is a list of all (known to me) Essex Breweries – currently standing at 42, with a couple more in the pipeline! If there are any errors, or omissions, do let me know (essexrealale@gmail.com).

Latest updates : Hope Brewery (closing), Round Tower (changing hands), Saeburh Brewery (homebrewer gone commercial?), Vendetta Brewing Company (new), Fox Meadow Brewery (newish), KHP Brewery (brewing again), Harwich Town Brewing Company (closed brewery, now being brewed at Red Fox Brewery), Dominion Brewery (moved production to Red Fox Brewery), Chelmsford Brewing Company (new brewery), Keppels Brewery (Dan has his own brewery and no longer is a cuckoo brewer), Fable Brewery (cuckoo brewer), Other Monkey Brewing Company (new brewery), Leigh on Sea Brewery (new brewery), and Watsons Brewery (new brewery (mine)).

Billericay Brewing Company
54c Chapel Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9LS
In addition to producing their beer they have a well-stocked shop with their beers and other beers, and a micropub with several beers on tap, a couple of beer festivals each year.
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Bishop Nick
33 East Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3JJ
The Ridley family’s 163-year Essex brewing history came to an end in 2005 when Greene King (who else?) bought the brewery and closed it down. Six years later the Ridley family returned to Essex to reclaim their crown. Their brewery, in Braintree, has a shop.
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Brentwood Brewery
Calcott Hall Farm, Ongar Rd, Brentwood CM15 9HS
Set up in 2006, with a well established range of traditional real ales, and they went a bit crafty a couple of years ago with small bottles and some very interesting tastes with their Elephant School Brewing brand (see below).
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Chelmsford Brewing Company
Great Baddow, Chelmsford?
New brewery, company set up in late 2016 and first beers appeared on untappd in early 2018. Watch out for ‘The Blueshack’ on Church Street in Great Baddow, promised for later in 2018.
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Colchester Brewery
Wakes Colne, nr Colchester
Established in 2011, exponents of double-drop brewing, with regular, one off and retro beers, and some swanky new pump clip designs as of 2017. Also embracing 330ml bottles…
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Crouch Vale Brewery
23 Haltwhistle Road, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5ZA
The grand-daddy of Essex Breweries, established in 1981, and with many award-winning beers. Now have Tap Room 19 to serve their beers.
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Deverell’s Brewing Company
Traitor’s Gate, Grays
Pub-based brewery. No website and not much on facebook, but reviews on untappd still coming through, although a bit of a hiatus (temporary?) in 2018 I heard….
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Dominion Brewery Company
c/o Red Fox Brewery, Coggeshall
After brewing his Dominion beers alongside Pitfield Brewery beers on the Pitfield kit in Moreton nr Epping, Canadian Andy Skene has left Pitfield/Moreton behind and his Dominion beers, as of late 2017, are being brewed at Red Fox Brewery in Coggeshall. Andy also runs The Queen Street Brewhouse in Colchester.
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Elephant School Brewing Company
Calcott Hall Farm, Ongar Rd, Brentwood CM15 9HS
Brentwood Brewing Company offshoot/brand in 300ml bottles with crafty recipes.
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Essex Brewery Company
Norton Mandeville, CM4 0LN
Set up in 2014 on a farm to replace raising turkeys. Ian produces a range of beers in bottles, selling at country fayres and the like. As of 2018 he is now getting into the beerfest business.
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Fable Brewery
A ‘cuckoo’ brewer, who has to date brewed his first couple of commercial beers at George’s Brewery (see below), and one at Leigh on Sea Brewery.
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Fallen Angel Brewery
12c Reeds Farm Industrial Estate, Roxwell Road, Writtle, Essex CM1 3ST
I paid a visit when they were still based in Broxbourne and trading as Broxbourne Brewery, and there’s a complicated story involving the history of the brewery and it’s beers, and the chilli-infused beers of Fallen Angel. Now the brewery has moved to Essex, but still focusses primarily on selling at craft fayres and chilli festivals across the UK, rather than locally. Big bottle contract in late 2017 I read about somewhere.
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Famous Railway Tavern Brewing Co
Brightlingsea CO7 0DT
Brewing in the pub for some years now, with beers on their bar and also at local beer festivals.
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Felstar Brewery
Crix Green, Felsted CM6 3JT
Brewing for several years now, predating the current craft beer craze. No website, not updating their facebook page, and only the untappd checkins giving any online evidence of their continued brewing.
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Fox Meadow Brewery
Braintree
2 firkins at a time, established 2017 I believe.
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George’s Brewery
Great Wakering SS3 0AG.
Established in 2010, and the home of Hopmonster Beers. A dozen or so ales, marketed with either George’s Brewery or Hopmonster branding. Also running the new(ish) Mawsons MicroPub.
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Hart of Stebbing Brewery
Stebbing CM6 3SQ
Brewing at the The White Hart pub in the village.
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Harwich Town Brewing Company
Station Approach, Harwich, Essex CO12 3NA.
Established in 2007, with a half dozen regular beers, and similar number of specials. Watch out for their annual beer festival at the amazing Harwich Redoubt Fort. As of 2018, Paul closed down his brewery in Harwich and started cuckoo brewing at the Red Fox Brewery in Coggeshall.
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Hope Brewery
Little Thurrock
Originally brewing on a very small scale in Stanford le Hope, (hence the name), now a 6BBl enterprise, producing an increasing range of beers, and bottles, all named with the prefix “SX …” July 2018 : announced that after much thought, the brewery was closing.
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Keppels Brewery
Rayleigh
Established in 2016, home of Tipsy Crow Stout and a small number of initial beers brewed at Billericay Brewing. Brewer Dan got his own kit and premises in late 2017, and upsized mid 2018.
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KHP Brewery
Pebmarsh/Halstead
Brewed for King’s Head Pebmarsh for a short period under the last but one owner, evidently one of the first UK breweries to use the new-fangled Mosaic hop. The pub is now under community management I believe (summer 2018) and KHP beers are being brewed at nearby Silks Brewery.
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Leigh on Sea Brewing Company
A summer 2017 opening for this new brewery, who started very small then very quickly upsized to multiBBL size.
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Maldon Brewing Company (Farmers Ales)
The Blue Boar Stable Yard, Silvery Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 4QE.
Brewing ‘Farmers Ales’ behind the Blue Boar Inn in Maldon. A dozen or so regular ales, and monthly special brews, many commemorating local people or places, and recently set up a tap room on Maldon High Street.
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Mersea Island Brewery
Mersea Island Vineyard, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Essex CO5 8SX
Brewing since 2005, with half a dozen popular regular beers. Watch out for their Easter beer festival. Bottles beers for other local breweries.
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Mighty Oak Brewing Company
Unit 14b West Station Yard, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6TW
Established in 1996, and brewers of beers that have won some of the highest awards possible, including their Oscar Wild mild, one of my all time faves. Now have a tap on Maldon High Street.
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Moody Goose Brewery
King William IV Pub,
A ‘four-barrel’ plant at the King William IV pub in Braintree set up in 2015, supplying their own bar, and also local beer festivals.
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Mr Majolica’s Brewing Company
Grays
2.5bbl brewery in Gray’s town centre. Watch out for the handlebar moustache on the pump clips.
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Other Monkey Brewing
High Street, Colchester
The cellar of the Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester is now a steaming cauldron with young brewers slaving to produce their own beers to add to the two dozen or so (craft and keg) in the bars upstairs. Planning to move the brewery into the basement of the old ‘Jack’s’ building next door.
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Pitfield Brewery
Moreton
Founded in 1982 in the cellar of The Beer Shop on Pitfield Steet in London (I remember it well!), brewing moved to Moreton in Essex, and focussses on organic and vegan ales. For many years the brewery has been run by Andy Skene who also produced his own Dominion Brewery beers there, but in late 2017 Andy moved his Dominion brewing to Red Fox in Coggeshall and waved goodbye to Pitfield/Moreton.
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Pumphouse Community Brewery
Church Lane, Toppesfield, Essex CO9 4DR
Funded by a mixture of grants and a share issue, the now community-owned Green Man in Toppesfield purchased kit from a nearby micro-brewery which had closed and set up brewing a year or two ago. It has produced a range of beers (a lot going through the pumps at The Green Man) and bottles.
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Red Fox Brewery
The Chicken Sheds, Upp hall Farm, Salmon’s Lane, Coggeshall CO6 1RY
Established in 2008, with half a dozen regular beers and some specials (their Spiced Sloe Stout is a cracker!). The lowest of low keys in terms of profile and PR. (And recently also producing beers for The Witham Brewery, Dominion Brewery, and Harwich Town Brewing Company!) Now has an outlet in Coggeshall (shared with local vineyard).
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Round Tower Brewery
Unit 11a, Robjohns House, Navigation Road, Chelmsford CM2 6ND
Set up in 2012, experimenting with some small batches in bottles in 2017. July 2018 : Simon is selling the brewery to….
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Saeburh Brewery
Tendring
Not too much information about them on their website/facebook page but another small scale setup.
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Saffron Brewery
The Cartshed, Parsonage Farm, Henham, Bishops Stortford CM22 6AN
“We are a family run, award winning, artisan brewery based in Henham (Hertfordshire/Essex border) which produces a range of heritage ales with a contemporary twist. Using only the finest floor malted barley and English hops a range of real ales has been created to satisfy all palates from the session drinker to the connoisseur.”
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Shalford Brewery
Shalford CM7 5WP
Set up in 2007, a 5-barrel micro-brewery in Shalford, north of Braintree, serving the local area. A small range of beers which thankfully includes a mild and their ‘Levelly Black’.
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Silks Brewery
Wash Farm, Queen Street, Sible Hedingham CO9 3RH
“Silks Brewery is a five barrel micro brewery producing a fine range of hand crafted real ales in small batches. The brewery is a traditional Real Ale brewery with wooden clad stainless steel vessels. The brewery is based on a North Essex Farm in a converted old grain store. Brewing began in late 2015 using the finest English malts and with the best character hops to produce beers of lasting impression.”
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Sticklegs Brewery
Primrose Farm, Hall Road, Great Bromley, CO7 7TR
Previously based at the Cross Inn pub, then in Elmstead Market, their new home on Primrose Farm has given them a bit more breathing room for their ‘interesting’ collection of tried and trusted kit.
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Vendetta Brewing Company
Southend
Another new (2018?) brewery “..Our young and upbeat team have over 25 years experience in the industry and have been creating some of the most amazing beers from around the world. ”
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Watsons Brewery
Old Heath, Colchester
Set up in late 2016 (by me!!). A dinky 1BBL setup in a dedicated brewhouse in the garden. Lots of different beers, very few regulars.
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White Hart Brewery
15 High St, Halstead CO9 2AA
Started brewing at The White Hart pub and hotel in the town in 2016.
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Witham Brewery
Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1RY, England
Set up as a brewpub in Witham in 2012, beers now brewed at the Red Fox Brewery in Coggeshall.
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Wibblers Brewery
Goldsands Road, Southminster CM0 7JW
Brewing since 1991, moved to new premises relatively recently with their own tap room, Phil Wilcox and team (many family) are going from strength to strength.
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