Festival goers enjoy Bavarian and Brentwood beer at Oktoberfest
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 October 2019
Residents enjoyed nine different types of Brentwood and Elephant School draught ales at the borough's second Oktoberfest.
Brentwood Brewery in partnership with Brentwood/Landkreis Roth Town Twinning Association hosted Oktoberfest.
Residents gathered at the brewery on Saturday, October 28 to enjoy Bavarian and Brentwood beer, German themed food and OomPah music.
Brewery MD Roland Kannor said: "We were happy to see so many visitors at the brewery for Oktoberfest, enjoying the relaxed, fun vibe.
"The weather was kind to us once again, which always helps.
"Our co-organisers, members of the town twinning association, were kept busy serving food all day.
"Proceeds from food sales went to the twinning association's funds and they also received a donation from us for every German bier sold."
On the town twinning association's recent trip to Roth in Germany, councillor Jon Cloke made a special trip to the Pyraser Landbrauerei to pick up some crates of beer for Oktoberfest.
Bottles of five different varieties disappeared rapidly at the festival with the Dunkel, or dark beer, going first.
Jon and his wife cllr Noelle Hones were kept busy cooking and serving sausages to hungry festival goers, while other members of the town twinning association, including chairwoman Elizabeth Scannel, served dessert, apple strudel and cream.
Elizabeth said: "We hope Oktoberfest gave visitors a glimpse into how much Brentwood's link with Roth can give to each town.
"We're greeted like old friends when we visit Roth and we aim to give our German guests a good time when they come over here, showing them what Brentwood and Essex have to offer.
"We're always delighted to welcome new members and you don't need to speak German as our friends want to practise their English."
Local historian, author and writer Sylvia Kent from Billericay chose to launch her latest book, Brentwood in 50 Buildings, at the festival.
She signed copies of her new book which charts the town's history from a clearing in the forest and a stopping place on the main route to London from Colchester, to the twenty first century.
Brewery friend Megan Webb popped into Oktoberfest with her dog Pippa.
She works for anti modern slavery charity A21 and was involved with the charity's Walk for Freedom event which took place around the world on October 19.
She said: "The nearest walk to here is in Westminster.
"Details are on the A21 website if anyone would like to join us or support the event."
John Bagley swapped his birthday cake hat for a Bavarian styled hat in honour of the occasion.
Although Roland had promised a free pint to anyone wearing traditional Bavarian costume, he didn't have to give away too many beers.
Only one other festival goer, Taylor Daniels from Brentwood, got to enjoy a freebie.
"The brewery team loves dressing up and we love a beer festival too," said Roland.
"Happily, Hallowe'en provides the perfect opportunity to combine both beer drinking and dressing up.
"So we're holding a fancy dress competition at our Spooky Sausage Beer Festival on Saturday, October 26 and hope you can join us at Brentwood Brewery between 11am - 5pm.
"Dressing up is optional, beer drinking is hugely encouraged."
Brentwood in 50 Buildings is available in local bookshops and online at Amberley Publishing.
Visit sylviakent.blogspot.com to find out more.