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.

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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