Essex Breweries

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

Latest updates : 3rd Dec 2019 – Hart of Stebbing brewery and pub up for sale | 4th Nov 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
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 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.
website | untappd

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.
website | untappd

Blackwater Brewhouse
nr Maldon
Launched in late 2018, craft beer branding from Farmers Ales (see below).
website | untappd

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.
website | untappd

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.
website | untappd

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 porter.
website | untappd

Courtyard Brewery
Gosfield, nr Halstead
Two guys (Marc and Mark), one 6BBL kit, with three regular beers (gold, ipa and dark).
facebook | untappd

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
Pub-based brewery. No website and not much on facebook, and I heard in summer 2018 that they were no longer brewing, which untappd suggests is the case.
facebook | untappd

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, and in 2019 untappd tells us that the brewery is no longer in business, and indeed the brewery website resolves to brewerytap-events.co.uk.
website | untappd

Fable Brewery
Rochford
A ‘cuckoo’ brewer, who brewed his first Fable Brewery beers at George’s Brewery (see below) where he was Head Brewer and where he brewed the George’s/Hopmonster beers. Sam announced in May 2019 that he was leaving George’s and heading up to London. His July 2019 Fabfest craft beer festival did not come to fruition.
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.
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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’. 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.
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Fox Meadow Brewery
Braintree
2 firkins at a time, established 2017, but as of mid-2019 their website has disappeared and nothing on untappd/ratebeer.
website | untappd

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 brewed his Fable beers there (but he left the brewery in May 2019). 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).
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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.
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
Summer 2019 spent doing up a ramshackle old barn and installing the brewery, and September 2019 the first brew (this gleaned from Facebook and Instagram). As of Nov 2019 just a placeholder website but the recent ‘Last Orders’ has a full page ad for their first beer ‘College Hop-Out’ APA. Having the same name as a well-established American craft brewery might prove an issue for them!
facebook | untappd

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.
website | untappd

KHP Brewery
Pebmarsh/Halstead
Originally brewed for the King’s Head in Pebmarsh, evidently one of the first UK beers to use the new-fangled Mosaic hop. After a bit of a hiatus KHP beers were brewed at Silks Brewery but without the link to the pub, an din May 2019 KHP announced that brewing was moving to Red Fox Brewery in Coggeshall.
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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.
facebook | untappd

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.
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.
website | untappd

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.
website | untappd

Mr Majolica’s Brewing Company
Grays
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.
website | untappd


The Obnoxious Brewing Co.
Brentwood
A nano-brewery whose first commercial brew appeared in June 2019, and probably the first Essex brewery with a horsebox through which beer is served to the masses.
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 s TWM Colchester expands even more.
website | untappd

Pitfield Brewery
Moreton
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.
website | untappd

The Posh Boys Brewery
Wickford
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.
website | untappd

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 a year or two ago. It has produced a range of beers (a lot going through the pumps at The Green Man) and bottles.
website | untappd

Radio City Beer Works
Chelmsford
After teasing us for a few years they are now commercial (mid 2019), albeit still small scale.
more details (facebook) | untappd

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 that after a dalliance with wine, is now a beer and gin (and a teeny bit of wine) shop. Recently they have also been producing the beers for Witham Brewery, Dominion Brewery, and Harwich Town Brewing Company, and in May 2019 KHP Brewery moved their production to Red Fox as well!
website | untappd

Redchurch Brewery
Harlow
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
Tendring
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.
facebook | website | untappd

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….
website | untappd

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’.
website | untappd

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.”
website | untappd

St. Botolph’s Brewery
Colchester
A husband and wife team, specialising in Belgian beers. Low profile, and as far as I’m aware, bottles only being sold at farmers markets on the Essex/Suffolk borders (Lavenham/Bury St. Edmunds/St. Ives according to A Reliable Source)
website | untappd

Sticklegs Brewery
Primrose Farm, Hall Road, Great Bromley, CO7 7TR
Previously based at the Cross Inn pub, then in Elmstead Market, now at Primrose Farm in Great Bromley. No recent updates on Facebook, website not available (they had a couple over the years which never really worked!), and no recent checkins on Untappd (but then again, most of their beers went to/go local pubs with few customers who use untappd).
facebook | untappd

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.” As of May 2019 their website no longer exists, and it’s all gone quiet on untappd and facebook.
website | untappd

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.
website | untappd

White Hart Brewery
15 High St, Halstead CO9 2AA
Started brewing at The White Hart pub and hotel in the town in 2016.
website | untappd

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
“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.”
website | untappd