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Brentwood Brewing and Billericay Brewing Company officially launch new beer with name inspired by boroughs' history

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 April 2019

L to R: Brewer at Billericay Dave Golding, head brewer at Brentwood Ethan Kannor, managing director at Brentwood Roland Kannor, author and historian Sylvia Kent and director at Billericay Trevor Jeffrey. Picture: Wendy Pike

L to R: Brewer at Billericay Dave Golding, head brewer at Brentwood Ethan Kannor, managing director at Brentwood Roland Kannor, author and historian Sylvia Kent and director at Billericay Trevor Jeffrey. Picture: Wendy Pike

Wendy Pike

Two popular Essex breweries have teamed up to create a new beer which has now been officially launched.

The Brentwood Brewing Company, Ongar Road, Brentwood, and the Billericay Brewing Company extended an invitation to real ale fans to join them to raise a toast to local craft breweries and to taste new beer Workhouse IPA (India pale ale).

At the launch, historian and author Sylvia had a small taster of the new beer, Workhouse IPA 5%, which has a link to the latest local history book she is writing.

Her 12th book, Brentwood in 50 Buildings is due out this summer and, depending upon the final edit, should include Brentwood’s surviving workhouse building.

The building, dating back to 1788, is at 27 Hart Street formerly known as Back Street. Extended in 1805 to accommodate more paupers, the building has also been a bordello. And since at least the 1880s, a pub.

It is currently The Gardeners. Serving 26 parishes, Billericay Union Workhouse was built in 1840 and was also later extended.

The workhouse building at Grey Lady Place off Norsey Road has more recently been converted into luxury private homes.

Billericay Brewing company director Trevor Jeffrey said: “We went for the name Workhouse as there were workhouses in both Billericay and Brentwood and we know brewing beer is very hard work!”

A competition was held to determine the name of the new beer which was won by Graham Seal from Colchester, who got in touch via his Facebook page, Mancave Beer Reviews.

Everyone who entered the contest will be receiving a voucher for a free pint and Graham wins an 18 pint Polypin of Workhouse IPA.

The New England-style IPA was expertly brewed by Brentwood’s head brewer Ethan Kannor and Billericay brewer Dave Golding using a mixture of malts and five different hops including some not so common ones like Rakau, Teiheke from New Zealand and English Olicana.

Brentwood Brewing Company managing director Roland Kannor said: “We’re hoping our Workhouse brings people together to enjoy themselves.”

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