Essex Breweries

This is a list of all (known to me) Essex Breweries – if there are any errors, or omissions, do let me know (

Latest updates : 2nd February 2020 – added link to ‘Beer Stories’ video in Courtyard Brewery | 11th January 2020 – Neolithic Brew Co. (new nano) | 3rd Dec 2019 – Hart of Stebbing brewery and pub up for sale | 4th November 2019 – new microbrewery ‘Jack Rabbit Brewing Co’ | (5th June 2019) added Obnoxious Brewing Co. (new nano) | KHP Brewery (moved brewing from Silks to Red Fox in Coggeshall) | Radio City Beer Works (new nano) | Redchurch Brewery (a ‘new’? Essex brewery) | Fable Brewery (Sam is leaving George’s Brewery and heading up to London!) | Vendetta Brewing Company (website no longer there, no activity on untappd/Facebook, assuming closed) | Essex Brewery Company (no longer brewing) | The Posh Boys Brewery (new nano) | Famous Railway Tavern Brewery (change of hands and hiatus) | Courtyard Brewery (new nano) | St. Botolph’s Brewery (new nano) | Blackwater Brewhouse (Farmers Ales craft beer offshoot/branding) | Mr Majolica’s (gone very quiet, assuming closed) | Deverells (stopped brewing) | Felstar (closed) | Round Tower (was changing hands, now closing) | Hope Brewery (closed) | Saeburh Brewery (new nano) | Vendetta Brewing Company (new nano) | Fox Meadow Brewery (new nano) | KHP Brewery (brewing again, at Silks Brewery) | Harwich Town Brewing Company (brewery in Harwich closed, now being brewed at Red Fox Brewery) | Dominion Brewery (moved production from Pitfield’s brewery in Moreton to Red Fox Brewery) | Chelmsford Brewing Company (new nano) | Keppels Brewery (Dan has his own brewery and no longer is a cuckoo brewer) | Fable Brewery (cuckoo brewer) | Other Monkey Brewing Company (new nano) | Leigh on Sea Brewery (new micro) | Watsons Brewery (new nano (me)).

Billericay Brewing Company
54c Chapel Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9LS
Established 2010. 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, and run a couple of beer festivals each year. Latest news as of Jan 2019 is that as they are maxed out, production-wise in Billericay, they are going to be brewing bigger batches of their beer on Brentwood Brewery’s kit, with some potential Billericay/Brentwood collabs on the way.
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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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Blackwater Brewhouse
nr Maldon
Launched in late 2018, craft beer branding from Farmers Ales (see below).
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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). In January 2019 announced that they would be working with Billericay Brewing and letting them brew on their bigger kit, and produced a first collaborative brew.
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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. Father/son setup and home to Blueshack Beers.
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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. Embraced 330ml bottles, and more recently produced a key keg version of their award-winning Brazilian coffee and vanilla porter.
website | untappd

Courtyard Brewery
Gosfield, nr Halstead
Two guys (Marc and Mark), one 6BBL kit, with three regular beers (gold, ipa and dark). Check out the short video in the brewery made by new YouTube channel Beer Stories.
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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. Have Tap Room 19 to serve their beers.
website | untappd

Deverell’s Brewing Company
Traitor’s Gate, Grays
No longer in business.
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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.
website | untappd

Elephant School Brewing Company
Calcott Hall Farm, Ongar Rd, Brentwood CM15 9HS
Brentwood Brewing Company craft beer branding with 300ml bottles with crafty recipes.
website | untappd

Essex Brewery Company
Norton Mandeville, CM4 0LN
Set up in 2014 on a farm after raising turkeys, Ian Chisholm produced a range of beers in bottles, mostly selling at country fayres and the like, rather than to trade, turned his hand to mead, and in 2018 brewing took a backseat to running beer festivals. In 2019 untappd tells us that the brewery is no longer in business, and the brewery url resolves to, although there was less festival action in 2019 than I was expecting.
website | untappd

Fable Brewery
A ‘cuckoo’ brewery, Sam currently brews his beers at George’s Brewery (see below) where he is/was(?) Head Brewer and where he brewed the George’s/Hopmonster beers. He brewed a few times at the ill-fated U Brew in That London.
website | untappd

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. I think it’s fair to say that their chilli beers are of a ‘Marmite’ variety – you either love them or hate them!
website | untappd

Famous Railway Tavern Brewing Co
Brightlingsea CO7 0DT
Brewed in the pub for several years now, with beers on their bar and also at local beer festivals. As of mid-2018 a change of ownership means that brewing at the pub is off the menu for the moment.

Farmers Ales – Maldon Brewing Company
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 a tap room on Maldon High Street. Their Blackwater Brewhouse branding launched in late 2018 has seen them go a bit ‘crafty’ in terms of bottle sizes and recipes. New premises appear to be on the horizon.
website | untappd

Felstar Brewery
Crix Green, Felsted CM6 3JT
The lowest of low profile breweries which evidently closed quietly in the summer of 2018.

Fox Meadow Brewery
2 firkins at a time, established 2017, but as of mid-2019 their website has disappeared and nothing on untappd/ratebeer, and I heard mention of brewing being ‘suspended’ during 2019.
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George’s Brewery
Great Wakering SS3 0AG.
Established in 2010. Beers are marketed with either George’s Brewery or Hopmonster branding. Head Brewer Sam also brews his Fable beers there. Owner Mark runs Mawsons MicroPub in Southend, one of the first micropubs in Essex.
website | untappd

Hart of Stebbing Brewery
Stebbing CM6 3SQ
Brewing at the The White Hart pub in the village, although in late 2019 the NW Essex CAMRA website noted that the pub was up for sale and the brewery closed (it’s website has disappeared).

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.
website | untappd

Hope Brewery
Little Thurrock
Originally brewing on a very small scale in Stanford le Hope, (hence the name), upsized to a 6BBl enterprise, producing an increasing range of beers, and bottles, all named with the prefix “SX …” But in July 2018 Phil Evans announced that after much thought, the brewery was closing.
website | untappd

Jack Rabbit Brewing Co.
Lawford, Manningtree
Two guys, one with local brewing experience, spent Summer 2019 doing up a ramshackle old barn and installing a shiny nano-brewery, and produced their first two beers at the back end of 2019, which appeared in casks, bottles, cans and with kegs on the way.
website | facebook | untappd

Keppels Brewery
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
Originally brewed for the King’s Head in Pebmarsh, evidently one of the first UK beers to use the then new-fangled Mosaic hop. After a bit of a hiatus KHP beers were brewed at Silks Brewery but without the link to the pub, and since May 2019 their beers have been brewed at Red Fox Brewery in Coggeshall.

Leigh on Sea Brewing Company
Leigh on Sea
A summer 2017 opening for this new brewery, a new full-sized microbrewery for Essex, embracing both cask and keykeg.
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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.
website | untappd

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. They have a small taproom on Maldon High Street.
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Moody Goose Brewery
King William IV Pub, Braintree
A 4bbl pub brewhouse set up in 2015, supplying their own bar, and also local beer festivals. A bit of a hiatus in brewing in 2019, but due to recommence brewing around March 2020.
website | untappd

Mr Majolica’s Brewing Company
2.5bbl brewery in Gray’s town centre. Low profile on the interwebs, and untappd reviews have dried up as of Nov 2018 and the brewery is no longer listed on the SW Essex CAMRA list of local breweries.
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Neolithic Brew Co.
Bradwell on Sea
Another nanobrewery – this time in Bradwell-on-Sea as Matt moved from homebrewing to commercial brewing having redone the old goat shed and brought in some shiny SS Brewtech and other kit. 1BBL.

The Obnoxious Brewing Co.
A very small scale brewer whose first commercial brew appeared in June 2019, and had a couple of beers appear, but who has subsequently gone quiet.
website | untappd

Other Monkey Brewing
Three Wise Monkeys, 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) available in the bars upstairs (and the more recent TWM in Ipswich). They are planning to move the brewery into the basement of the old ‘Jack’s’ building next door which will become a tap room.
website | untappd

Pitfield Brewery
Founded in 1982 in the cellar of The Beer Shop on Pitfield Steet in London, brewing moved to Moreton in Essex, and focussses on organic and vegan ales. For many, many years the brewery was 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. Not so much an Essex brewery as a London/national brewery that happens to be based on the London/Essex border, if you get my drift. There is an ‘active proposal’ to strike the company off the Companies House register as of late 2019, and their Facebook/website presence has disappeared.
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The Posh Boys Brewery
Established in 2018, two guys and a shed brewhouse brewing small scale and it appears selling mostly direct to the public locally – including their own tap room.
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Pumphouse Community Brewery
Church Lane, Toppesfield 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 in 2015. It has produced a range of beers (a lot going through the pumps at The Green Man) and bottles.
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Radio City Beer Works
After teasing us for a few years the two guys are now commercial (mid 2019), albeit still small scale with their first beer ‘Prologue’ in casks and also cans.
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Red Fox Brewery
The Chicken Sheds, Upp hall Farm, Salmon’s Lane, Coggeshall CO6 1RY
Established in 2008 by Russ, with half a dozen regular beers and specials. They now have a bottle shop in Coggeshall and recently they have also been producing beers for Witham Brewery, Dominion Brewery, Harwich Town Brewing Company and KHP Brewery.
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Redchurch Brewery
Redchurch Brewery was based in Bethnal Green under a railway arch, then got extra funding and set up an additional brewery in Harlow couple of years ago. They were very much still a London brewery, brewing their own beers with a London/national/supermarket focus and also contract brewing one of the beers for Beavertown (one of the Redchurch team was ex-Beavertown). In May 2019 they announced that they had gone into administration, had new owners, and had left Bethnal Green behind and would just be brewing in Harlow. So will they now be classed an Essex brewery, or remain a London/national focussed brewery who happen to be based in Essex (as with Fallen Angel and Pitfield breweries)?

Round Tower Brewery
Unit 11a, Robjohns House, Navigation Road, Chelmsford CM2 6ND
Set up in 2012 by Simon Tippler. In July 2018 announced he was looking to sell the brewery, and a local buyer appeared to be found, but in a FB post in late October 2018 Simon announced the last brews had been done and the brewery was closing.
website | untappd

Saeburh Brewery
Not too much information about them on their website/facebook page but another small scale setup. Brewing ‘some of the finest ales in the land’ according to their website.
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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.” Technically a Hertfordshire brewery, but I’ll let them onto this listing….
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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. Very low key.
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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…. Brewing began in late 2015 using the finest English malts and with the best character hops to produce beers of lasting impression.” Brewery up for sale in late 2019.
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St. Botolph’s Brewery
A husband and wife team, specialising in Belgian beers brewed on 400L kit in their garage. Low profile, and mostly only selling bottles at farmers markets on the Essex/Suffolk borders.
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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, then at Primrose Farm in Great Bromley, this low profile brewery mostly supplied nearby pubs, but quietly closed not too long after its final move.
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Vendetta Brewing Company
A short-lived small scale brewery (2018-early 2019??) now closed.
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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. Casks at nearby pubs and at beer festivals across Essex and occasionally further afield, and a regular Pop Up Tap at Two Brews in Colchester.
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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, beers mostly through the pub and local beer festivals.
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Witham Brewery
Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1RY, England
Set up as a brewpub in Witham in 2012, beers are now brewed at the Red Fox Brewery in Coggeshall.

Wibblers Brewery
Goldsands Road, Southminster CM0 7JW
“Wibblers have been going since 1991, having moved to a new site in Southminster in 2016 they opened a micropub/taproom on the site which serves their real ales, ciders and craft keg products. Alongside the drinks there is an extensive menu of homemade food. Open days 3 times a year when you can tour the brew house and hear all about how they make their product range.”
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