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 – typically the pubs you will find at the top of each loca CAMRA branch Pub of the Year voting (mostly The Victoria Inn, The New Inn, The Ale House and Queen Street Brewhouse in Colchester, and The Ale House and The Hop Beer Shop in Chelmsford).

Bottles will regularly/almost always (subject to availability) be found at the excellent Two Brews on Crouch Street on Colchester, and at other bottle shops in Essex from time to time. And check out Hoppily who have taken one beer (at the time of writing) for their monthly subscription package, have my beers at the various stalls they run at farmers markets and the like, and who have had/have a special 4-bottle package of Watsons Brewery beers (check their Buy Gifts button)

Brew 52 : Feersum Kitty

Brew 52 : Feersum Kitty

Just brewed. Marmalade and orange peel in the boil. More laters..... Cask and bottles ...
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Brew 51 : Shanghaied!

Brew 51 : Shanghaied!

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

Watch out for this red ale in bottles and casks and keg in 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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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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