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Brentwood Brewing Company's first ever Beer and Cheese Festival hailed a success

PUBLISHED: 12:12 28 August 2019

Band Thirsty Work performing. Picture: Wendy Pike

Band Thirsty Work performing. Picture: Wendy Pike

Wendy Pike

Visitors to a festival celebrating two of the world's best treats - beer and cheese - lapped up the sunshine, atmosphere as well as the food and drink on the day.

English bulldog puppy Frank from Hutton. Picture: Wendy PikeEnglish bulldog puppy Frank from Hutton. Picture: Wendy Pike

Guests were welcomed to the Brentwood Brewing Company, Ongar Road, Brentwood, for its very first Summer Beer and Cheese Festival on Saturday, August 17.

Managing director of the Brentwood Brewing Company Roland Kannor said: "We'd like to thank everyone who came along to make the day such a tremendous success.

"It's the first Beer and Cheese festival we've held and it has to be one of our best beer festivals ever.

"The warm, sunny weather certainly helped and of course we had the perfect, thirst quenching refreshment."

Managing director of the brewing company Roland Kannor, Wallace from Wallace and Gromit (David Nicholson) and Brian Lynn. Picture: Wendy PikeManaging director of the brewing company Roland Kannor, Wallace from Wallace and Gromit (David Nicholson) and Brian Lynn. Picture: Wendy Pike

One half of the cheese-loving celebrity pair, Wallace and Gromit, made a brief appearance, with 'Wallace' (David Nicholson) pulling pints behind the bar and posing for photographs.

This was also one of the first outings outside English bulldog puppy Frank's home of Hutton and got plenty of attention on the day.

The local community and festival goers from further afield came along to support the event in substantial numbers.

Among the brewery's invited guests were two local organisations - charity, Little Doves Christian Pre-School from Navestock and voluntary, not-for-profit, local residents' group, The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership.

Guitar duro Thirsty Work, made up of Steve Dempsey and Adrian Pallett. Picture: Wendy PikeGuitar duro Thirsty Work, made up of Steve Dempsey and Adrian Pallett. Picture: Wendy Pike

There was good news for Little Doves Christian Pre-School when Councillor Jon Cloke, as president of Brentwood Rotary Club, announced at the festival that the pre-school was to be his charity of the year.

Representatives from The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership (PHCP) were on hand, raising awareness of the group and the work they undertake, like litter picking and bulb planting, to enhance the neighbourhood's environment.

As well as playing live music, Steve Dempsey and Adrian Pallett of Doddinghurst-based guitar duo Thirsty Work, like to brew beer. Assisted by Adrian's brother Steve, in their spare time in a garden cabin, the trio brews real ale to give away to friends.

Beer and Cheese Festival at the Brentwood Brewing Company. Picture: Wendy PikeBeer and Cheese Festival at the Brentwood Brewing Company. Picture: Wendy Pike

These hobbyist brewers, aka, The Doddinghurst Brewery, brought along free samples of an English Pale Ale, a Golden Wheat Ale and a Sweet Spicy Amber Ale of theirs for festival goers to taste.

Feedback for their beer was very encouraging and the festival crowd appreciated their musical talents too, with some dancing along to popular tunes.

Cheese expert Brian Lynn from Pilgrims Hatch was kept very busy throughout the day, serving hungry festival goers with a variety of cheeses and bread.

There was plenty of draught, keg and bottled Brentwood and Elephant School beers on offer as well as a hoppy new creation, Hopper Strange Thing, which seemed to be well received.

Also on the beer list was Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll from Billericay Brewing Company.

Roland said: "We must thank our cheese expert, Brian Lynn, from Pilgrims Hatch, local lads Thirsty Work, brewery friend and the president of Brentwood Rotary Club, Cllr Jon Cloke, Little Doves Christian Pre-School and The Pilgrims Hatch Community Partnership. "We're always delighted when so many local people come together to support our festivals, making them the wonderful, enjoyable community events that they are."

Brentwood Brewery's next beer festival will be Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 28. from 11am - 5pm.

The event is being organised in partnership with Brentwood Landkreis Roth Town Twinning Association.

Together with Oom-Pah music and aptly themed food, both Brentwood brewed and German beer, from Pyraser Landbrauerei of Thalmässing in Bavaria, will be available.

Roland added: "As always there was a relaxed vibe with visitors enjoying the sunshine, a little cheese, a pint or two and listening to the live music.

"It was so much fun we're planning another festival in September."

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