Watsons Brewery

Registered with HMRC in late 2016, Watsons Brewery started small with beers in bottles (mostly at Two Brews on Crouch Street in Colchester), and in casks which appeared at the Colchester Winter Beer Festival in January 2017, the Chappel Winter Beer Festival in March 2017, and the Mersea Island Brewery Easter Beer Festival in April 2017. A cask was on at the Colchester CAMRA Pub of the Year Award-winning New Inn in April 2017.

Building works on the brewhouse (in Old Heath, Colchester) in April/May will enable an increase in brewing capacity to 1BBL, after which bottles and casks will be more widely available across Essex and south Suffolk.

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The Beers

Rather than having a core range of beers with a smaller number of seasonal specials, I’m producing a wide range of beers, ranging from traditional real ales to more innovative craft beer, as you can see from the list below.

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

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

At The New Inn, Colchester, over the Easter Bank Holiday ...
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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

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

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

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

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

A stronger version of Black Otter ...
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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

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

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

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

A dark, velvet and hoppy black ale ...
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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

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

A malty, sweet Irish Red, using an Irish Ale yeast ...
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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

American yeast and American hops for a brasher version of IPA ...
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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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