Watsons Brewery

Registered with HMRC in late 2016, Watsons Brewery has started small but has big ambitions. Beers in bottles have mostly been found at Two Brews on Crouch Street in Colchester, and casks have appeared at a number of beer festivals in and around Colchester.

A new brewhouse in Old Heath, Colchester, and larger brewing vessels and fermenters are now in place, and Watsons Brewery bottles and casks will be more widely available across Essex, including a select number of real ale pubs and micropubs, from late summer 2017 onwards.

My beers are unfined and unfiltered, brewed by hand by gravity and not using pumps. From coming from the water supply the beer will travel a total of about two metres in food grade tubing through its journey to cask or bottle. Most recipes will be simply water, malt, hops and yeast, with just the odd addition for flavour such as vanilla pods, cacao beans, fresh mango, honey and so forth. The only chemicals I use are for treatment to the water as you wouldn’t really want beer brewed with tap water. Other than that Irish Moss (a seaweed) is used at the end of the brew to avoid chill haze, and brewers sugar is used to get the beer to carbonate in the cask or bottle. And that’s it.

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The Beers

As you can see from the list below, rather than having a core range of beers with a smaller number of seasonal specials, I’m producing a wide range of beers, with a few making regular appearances. During building works in the summer of 2017 I concentrated on a few core beers, but the autumn of 2017 will see more new beers being produced.

Brew 29 : Dutch Quarter Porter

Brew 29 : Dutch Quarter Porter

A smooth porter, made with honey from the hard working bees of the Dutch Quarter, courtesy of Elizabeth Trustrum, of ...
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Brew 28 : Amarazaka

Brew 28 : Amarazaka

Second run out with the new kit, and it being summer I decided a pale ale was somewhat overdue ...
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Brew 27 : Black Otter

Brew 27 : Black Otter

A first brew on the new kit, and to compare the performance of the new kit to the old kit, ...
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Brew 26 : 8 Grain American Stout

Brew 26 : 8 Grain American Stout

The last brew on the old brew kit - eight different grains, lots of US hops, and US yeast for ...
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Brew 25 : Black Otter

Brew 25 : Black Otter

Smooth and velvety black IPA. Casks appearing at the Billericay Brewing beer festival and the Harwich Town Redoubt beer festival ...
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Brew 24 : 8 Grain American Stout

Brew 24 : 8 Grain American Stout

Joe at the New Inn fancies a Watsons Brewery beer for his Dark Ale festival in July 2017 - so ...
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Brew 23 : Imperial Black Otter

Brew 23 : Imperial Black Otter

Another appearance of the popular Imperial Black Otter - this time for the Three Wise Monkeys beer festival ...
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Brew 22 : Imperial Black Otter

Brew 22 : Imperial Black Otter

A 6.1% version of Black Otter which appeared at the Colchester Real Ale Festival in late May/early June 2017 (graveyard ...
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Brew 21 : Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew 21 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout made a quick return at the Colchester CAMRA Real Ale Festival in late May/early June ...
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Brew 20 : Citra Single Hop American Pale Ale

Brew 20 : Citra Single Hop American Pale Ale

Wrangled by hand, using just Citra hops, and US yeast. If you tried Brew #14 Amarillo Single Hop APA, try ...
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Brew 19 : 8Grain

Brew 19 : 8Grain

8 different grains, US hops and yeast, for a roasty hoppy stout. 5.9%abv. It appeared at the Easter Beer Festival ...
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Brew 18 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew 18 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

At The New Inn, Colchester, over the Easter Bank Holiday ...
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Brew 17 : Mangomarillo

Brew 17 : Mangomarillo

An Amarillo-hopped pale ale with lactose, fermented with US yeast, with fresh mango puree added to the fermenter. A lengthy ...
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Brew 16 : The Diesel

Brew 16 : The Diesel

A 6%abv American Red Ale, with just a touch of rye. Available in bottles at Two Brews in Colchester ...
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Brew 15 : Imperial Black Otter

Brew 15 : Imperial Black Otter

Bottles of 6%abv Black Otter IPA. Black velvetty and hoppy, using Maris Otter hops (and therefore just like a Dutch ...
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Brew 14 : Amarillo Single Hop American Pale Ale

Brew 14 : Amarillo Single Hop American Pale Ale

Amarillo hops y'all, American ale yeast, water and malt. 5.5% abv. Available in cask at the Chappel Winter Beer Festival ...
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Brew 13 : Irish Red Ale

Brew 13 : Irish Red Ale

Brewed for the Chappel Winter Beer Festival in early March 2017, this Irish Red Ale used (unsurprisingly) Irish Ale Yeast ...
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Brew 12 : Imperial Black Otter

Brew 12 : Imperial Black Otter

A stronger version of Black Otter ...
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Brew 11 : Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew 11 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - a smooth, session stout with a gently roastiness and chocolate backbone (but not too ...
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Brew 10 : Black Otter

Brew 10 : Black Otter

At 5.7% a stronger version of brew 7, destined for cask at the Colchester Winter Beer Festival at the end ...
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Brew 9 : Black Lava

Brew 9 : Black Lava

A robust porter with a subtle liquorice and vanilla backbone to give it even more depth. 5.6%abv - a great ...
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Brew 8 : West Coast IPA

Brew 8 : West Coast IPA

A second batch of the American hops+yeast pale ale. 5.9% abv. Available at Two Brews on Crouch Street in Colchester ...
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Brew 7 : Black Otter

Brew 7 : Black Otter

A dark, velvet and hoppy black ale ...
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Brew 6 : London Bitter

Brew 6 : London Bitter

I decided that the beer wasn't anywhere as near as good as the label design, so this bitter (it came ...
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Brew 5 : Wayward Mild

Brew 5 : Wayward Mild

Dark and chocolate malts add colour and flavour to the mild malt which forms the bulk of the recipe, which ...
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Brew 4 : Irish Red Ale

Brew 4 : Irish Red Ale

A malty, sweet Irish Red, using an Irish Ale yeast ...
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Brew 3 : Baltic Porter

Brew 3 : Baltic Porter

Previously available in bottles at Two Brews on Crouch Street in Colchester, this dark beauty is now a thing of ...
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Brew 2 : West Coast IPA

Brew 2 : West Coast IPA

American yeast and American hops for a brasher version of IPA ...
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Brew 1 : Sorachi Saison

Brew 1 : Sorachi Saison

Making the most of a late September heatwave - a saison, fermented at a much higher temperature than most beers ...
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