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 just a few making regular appearances.

Casks appear at beer festivals and a select range of pubs in Essex – regularly at The Victoria Inn in Colchester, and they have also appeared at The New Inn, The Ale House and Queen Street Brewhouse in Colchester, The Ale House and The Hop Beer Shop in Chelmsford, The Alma Inn in Harwich, and The Dove Street in Ipswich to name but a few.

Bottles will regularly/almost always (subject to availability, do ring in advance before travelling too far!) be found at the excellent Two Brews on Crouch Street on Colchester, and at other bottle shops in Essex from time to time.

Brew 72 : Samambaia

Brew 72 : Samambaia

A second brewing of this mocha milk stout, this time at a higher strength (5.6% abv). A small brew - ...
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Brew 71 : Bravo Delta

Brew 71 : Bravo Delta

This was one of my favourite beers of last year, and I kept a case of it to drink with ...
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Brew 70 : Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew 70 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

With a couple of slightly further-flung beer festivals being the destination for this brew, a cask-only, three cask brew sees ...
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Brew 69 : Ekuamoz

Brew 69 : Ekuamoz

I went into Mad Scientist mode with this one, experimenting with a new (small) unitank, with the intention of fermenting ...
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Brew 68 : Byrhtnoth

Brew 68 : Byrhtnoth

Maldon & Dengie CAMRA inquired as to whether there would be another gyle of Byrhtnoth porter (named after a local ...
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Brew 67 : Ygrrfur II : Raisin Hell

Brew 67 : Ygrrfur II : Raisin Hell

Ygrrfur II : Raisin Hell has a sekrit ingredient. Can you guess what it is? ...
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Brew 66 : Black Otter Rye Edition

Brew 66 : Black Otter Rye Edition

It's my most-brewed beer, Black Otter black IPA, but with a sekrit new ingredient. Can you guess what that ingredient ...
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Brew 65 : Basu le Maistre

Brew 65 : Basu le Maistre

If you want to try this on cask, head over to Bristol, else wait for bottles in mid-March 2019 ...
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Brew 64 : Boudicca of the Iceni

Brew 64 : Boudicca of the Iceni

Third in the 'Monarchs of East Anglia' series, 'Boudicca of the Iceni' is a 6.2%abv IPA, hopped with the hoppiest ...
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Brew 63 : Caracolillo

Brew 63 : Caracolillo

A second brew of Caracolillo Coffee Rye Porter. 5.1%abv and casks to be found at Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival, Edwardstone ...
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Brew 62 : Guanahani

Brew 62 : Guanahani

An oatmeal pale ale packed with new world hops. As to which hops, there's a clue in the name. 5% ...
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Brew 61 : Byrhtnoth

Brew 61 : Byrhtnoth

A cask-only beer, which won Beer of the Festival at Colchester CAMRA Winter Beer Festival in Jan/Feb 2019 ...
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Brew 60 : Colonia Hibernus

Brew 60 : Colonia Hibernus

Colonia Hibernus (City of Winter) is a smoky, roasty stout, perfect for the cold weather. Casks to be delivered to ...
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Brew 59 : XEROPHUX

Brew 59 : XEROPHUX

I decided that it was time for another in the Asgardian series. XEROPHUX is an imperial stout. You can see ...
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Brew 58 : Black Otter

Brew 58 : Black Otter

More hops than before in the dry hopping stage, so this should be be hoppier than Mr Hoppy when he's ...
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Brew 57 : Winter Warmer

Brew 57 : Winter Warmer

Festive beer time, so a Winter Warmer seemed A Plan. With ginger and spices, this one is for sipping on ...
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Brew 56 : Green Otter

Brew 56 : Green Otter

I was due to brew semi-regular beer Black Otter BIPA, but had a last-minute offer of some green hops from ...
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Brew 55 : 2018 Old Ale

Brew 55 : 2018 Old Ale

A slightly lower rating this year, and the single cask is off to South Benfleet Social Club ...
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Brew 54 : Amarazaka

Brew 54 : Amarazaka

A re-brew of last year's Amarazaka American Pale Ale, hopped with Amarillo and Azacca hops, but with a slightly different ...
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Brew 53 : Rauch Rot

Brew 53 : Rauch Rot

This one is smokey. And rather delish. 5.4%abv. Bottle only ...
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Brew 52 : Feersum Kitty

Brew 52 : Feersum Kitty

Marmalade and orange peel in the boil. Cask and bottles ...
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Brew 51 : Shanghaied! Mosaic Edition

Brew 51 : Shanghaied! Mosaic Edition

A Double Dry Hopped Triple IPA. Hops in question are of the singular variety and that variety is Mosaic ...
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Brew 50 : Raedwald Red

Brew 50 : Raedwald Red

Bottles and casks in late September 2018 ...
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Brew 49 : Cocos Nucifera

Brew 49 : Cocos Nucifera

I brewed this a few months ago, but didn't get much of it to drink myself, so that seemed good ...
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Brew 48 : Rauch Rumble

Brew 48 : Rauch Rumble

A brown porter with Weyermann Rauch Malt added to the grain bill, giving a gentle smoked dimension to the beer ...
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Brew 47 : Black Otter

Brew 47 : Black Otter

Time to spread the Black Otter goodness further afield. This cask only brew is currently set to appear at the ...
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Brew 46 : West Coast IPA

Brew 46 : West Coast IPA

Look out for casks at the Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival, on the bar at The New Inn and The Victoria ...
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Brew 45 : 8 Grain American Stout

Brew 45 : 8 Grain American Stout

Another cask only brew - casks of this hoppy American Stout will be appearing towards the end of June 2018 ...
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Brew 44 : Caxton Mild

Brew 44 : Caxton Mild

You'll find this on cask at the Mersea Food Drink and Leisure Festival and the Bishops Stortford Food and Drink ...
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Brew 43 : Ygrrfur

Brew 43 : Ygrrfur

The first in an Asgardian series, perhaps ...
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Brew 42 : Black Lava

Brew 42 : Black Lava

A cask-only version of this beer, destined for beerfests in Wivenhoe and Ipswich, and on the bar at The Victoria ...
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Brew 41 : Bravo Delta

Brew 41 : Bravo Delta

Second brew of the month - an American Brown Ale. Two new-to-me American hops (Bravo and Delta) ...
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Brew 40 : Cocos Nucifera

Brew 40 : Cocos Nucifera

First brew of March. Raspberries, coconut and cacao nibs in a chocolate milk stout. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ...
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Brew 39 : Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew 39 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

I haven't brewed this for several months, and not on the new kit, and never put it into bottles, until ...
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Brew 38 : Simcoe APA

Brew 38 : Simcoe APA

Another single hop pale ale, this time using Simcoe hops ...
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Brew 37 : Caracolillo

Brew 37 : Caracolillo

Following on from last year's 'Samambaia' mocha milk stout - a coffee porter with a touch of rye to give ...
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Brew 36 : White Otter

Brew 36 : White Otter

I thought I'd complement the brew of Black Otter with a brew using the same recipe, excluding the one dark ...
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Brew 35 : Black Otter

Brew 35 : Black Otter

For the first of two brews in January I'm brewing Black Otter again. Destined for bottles and casks (Colchester Winter ...
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Brew 34 : Sanity Clause

Brew 34 : Sanity Clause

A festive red ale for Xmas. A tweak of previous brew 'The Diesel', with a bit more rye and some ...
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Brew 33 :  Xmas Black Lava

Brew 33 : Xmas Black Lava

Black Lava (Liqourice and Vanilla Ale) was brewed in 2016, and only available in bottles, and in limited numbers, so ...
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Brew 32 : 2017 Old Ale

Brew 32 : 2017 Old Ale

Brewed during October, this old ale had some Top Sekrit ingredients thrown into the boil to give it some extra ...
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Brew 31 : Mosaic Pale Ale

Brew 31 : Mosaic Pale Ale

The first brew of October, a single hop pale ale made with Mosaic, complementing previous single hop brews of Citra ...
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Brew 30 : Samambaia

Brew 30 : Samambaia

A mocha milk stout : cacao nibs, freshly ground coffee from Mundo Novo/Topazio beans from Fazenda Samambaia ...
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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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