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Two breweries are better than one: Brentwood and Billericay Brewing companies team up to create new beer

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:43 18 March 2019

Brentwood Brewing and Billericay Brewing Company have teamed up to create new beer Workhouse IPA. Picture: Hannah McKay/PA Archive/PA Images

Brentwood Brewing and Billericay Brewing Company have teamed up to create new beer Workhouse IPA. Picture: Hannah McKay/PA Archive/PA Images

Hannah McKay/PA Archive/PA Images

Two popular Essex breweries have teamed up to create a new beer which is launching this week.

Brentwood Brewing and Billericay Brewing Company have teamed up to create new beer Workhouse IPA. Picture: Wendy PikeBrentwood Brewing and Billericay Brewing Company have teamed up to create new beer Workhouse IPA. Picture: Wendy Pike

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

Brentwood Brewing Company’s managing director Roland Kannor said: “We’re rather hoping our Workhouse IPA brings people together to enjoy themselves over a well-deserved pint at both breweries’ spring beer festivals.

“Firstly at the beer launch at Billericay Brewery on March 21 and at Brentwood Brewery on Saturday, April 13, where we’ll be serving a range of cask and draught ales all brewed in Brentwood.

“Our new collaboration brew Workhouse IPA will certainly be on the beer list.”

A competition was held recently 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.

Workhouse buildings remain in both towns but now serve very different purposes.

Brentwood’s only surviving workhouse building dating back to 1788, has been a pub since at least the 1880s.

The building in Back Street, now known as Hart Street, was extended in 1805 to accommodate more paupers.

Number 27 Hart Street, better known as The Gardeners, is still a pub today.

Billericay Union Workhouse was built in 1840 and after increasing demand from the 26 parishes it served, the workhouse was later extended.

More recently the former workhouse building at Grey Lady Place off Norsey Road was converted into luxury private homes.

The beer - which was expertly crafted by Brentwood brewery’s Ethan Kannor and Billericay’s Rob Heywood - contains a mix of malts and five different hops, including some more uncommon ones such as Rakau and Teiheke from New Zealand and English Olicana.

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

Billericay Brewery’s Spring Beer Festival runs from Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24.

The beverage list includes more than 20 beers along with wines, ciders and perries.

The festival is open Thursday 1-10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 11am - 10.30pm and Sunday 11am - 7pm.

Billericay Brewery is just off the High Street at 54c Chapel Street, Billericay, CM12 9LS.

Brentwood Brewery’s Spring Beer Festival is Saturday, April 13, from 10.30am - 5pm at Brentwood Brewery, Calcott Hall Farm, off Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, CM15 9HS.

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