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Brentwood Brewery's Spring Beer Festival labelled a big success

PUBLISHED: 13:36 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:37 24 April 2019

Brentwood Brewery's Spring Beer Festival. Picture: Wendy Pike

Brentwood Brewery's Spring Beer Festival. Picture: Wendy Pike

Wendy Pike

Residents and businesses flocked to the Brentwood Brewery for its annual Spring Beer Festival.

The Locals. Picture: Wendy PikeThe Locals. Picture: Wendy Pike

The brewing company at Calcott Hall Farm, Ongar Road, welcomed guests to enjoy dozens of different cask, keg and draught beers as well as live music and delicious food.

Managing director Roland Kannor said: “Our Spring Beer Festival went very well indeed.

“We were delighted to welcome so many visitors to the brewery and we'd like to thank everyone who came along to support the festival.”

Among the brewery's special guests were Sophie Biebuyck and her clever dog Rusty, who represented Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and attended to raise awareness of the charity.

Hearing dog Rusty. Picture: Wendy PikeHearing dog Rusty. Picture: Wendy Pike

She said: “People often don't consider the impact of hearing loss as it's not something you can see.

“It can be very isolating.

“Rusty makes an invisible problem, visible.

“He has been trained to alert deaf people to everyday sounds and is a very practical help.

Jay and Tracy Weekes of JW Ice Cream Company based in Chafford Hundred. Picture: Wendy PikeJay and Tracy Weekes of JW Ice Cream Company based in Chafford Hundred. Picture: Wendy Pike

“He tells me when the alarm clock goes off or the door bell rings and the cooker timer too.”

As Bennetts Funerals, High Street, Brentwood, is supporting the charity this year, staff also joined in the fun on the day.

Managing director Jane Bennett said: “Having met the two members of this great partnership last year I realised what a fantastic difference Rusty has made to Sophie's life.

“The more the profile can be raised for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, hopefully the more money can be raised to provide hearing dogs for other people too.”

Managing director of Bennetts Funerals Jane Bennett and Sophie Biebuyck with dog Rusty, who represented Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Picture: Wendy PikeManaging director of Bennetts Funerals Jane Bennett and Sophie Biebuyck with dog Rusty, who represented Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Picture: Wendy Pike

Jay and Tracy Weekes from J W Ice Cream Company based in Chafford Hundred with their luxury range of artisan ice creams including some of their alcohol-infused ones (just for the grown ups), also came on the day as well as local band The Locals from Herongate who performed for the first time ever at the festival.

The band's next concert will be at The White Horse in Coxtie Green on Saturday, April 27.

Vicky Fitzpatrick, Will Aldiss and Jodie Bell from The Cart Shed Restaurant, Epping, also returned to the brewery.

This time, the trio cooked a large hog roast, roast chicken and snacks which were well received by hungry festival goers.

Roland added: “We're always on the lookout for different local charities to come along to our events and to raise awareness about the work they do.

“So if any charities in the Brentwood and surrounding area would like to get in touch, we'd love to hear from them.

“The same goes for any local bands too - please get in touch.

“The next beer festival at Brentwood Brewery is on Saturday, June 8, complete with 20 touring Mustangs.”

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