The Beers

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 produce a wide range of beers, with just a few making regular appearances. Brew #173 was the 95th different beer, so if you’re a maths whizz you can work out what percentage of my beers are singletons. I certainly can’t, as slide rules and log books at school in the 1970s put me off maths forever.

If you want to know what people think of my beers you can check me out on untappd. ‘Byrhtnoth’ porter won the Beer of the Festival Award at the Colchester CAMRA Winter Beer Festival in January 2019. ‘Cocos Nucifera’ raspberry and coconut chocolate milk stout won the Beer of the Festival Award at the Epping & Ongar Railway Beer Festival in July 2019. And ‘Karas Buizza’ Imperial Mild won the Beer of the Festival Award at the Colchester and NE Essex CAMRA Beer Festival in May 2024.

Brew 179 : qua qua da diddley qua qua

Brew 179 : qua qua da diddley qua qua

Stand and deliver! Your money or your life! ...
Brew 178 : a doobie doobie doo

Brew 178 : a doobie doobie doo

To be Frank, another heavily hopped pale ale, Amarillo, Columbus, Citrus, Galaxy and Simcoe hops, seeing as you ask ...
Brew 177 : a roobie roobie roo

Brew 177 : a roobie roobie roo

Yoiks! I brewed an imperial dark ruby mild, and I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for ...
Brew 176 : Zeno the Stoic

Brew 176 : Zeno the Stoic

Coming to a Colchester hostelry in mid-May 2024 ...
Beer 175 : Kaleidoscope

Beer 175 : Kaleidoscope

It's a fruity, heavily hopped pale ale, brewed with Kveik yeast. What kind of crazy mofo brewer does that make ...
Brew 174 : Nevermore

Brew 174 : Nevermore

It's a stout, peeps. An imperial stout. And you'll find a cask at the Maldon Beer Festival, and another at ...
Brew 173 : Drew Bogg's  Punky PA

Brew 173 : Drew Bogg’s Punky PA

Guest Brewer Drew Bogg, chose to brew a hoppy pale ale to recognise the hard work of his long-serving punky ...
Brew 172 : Vikki Mittee's Chocolate Digestive Stout

Brew 172 : Vikki Mittee’s Chocolate Digestive Stout

Guest Brewer Vikki Mittee does like a choccie biccie ...
Brew 171 : Black Zanza

Brew 171 : Black Zanza

Crazy mofo that I am, having just brewed Zanza, Mosaic single hopped IPA, I went and brewed it again, but ...
Brew 170 : Zanza

Brew 170 : Zanza

Another outing for this popular Mosaic single hop IPA. Cask at the Colchester & NE Essex CAMRA real ale festival ...
Brew 169 : Xipetotec

Brew 169 : Xipetotec

Another imperial stout folks. You'll find a cask at the Colchester & NE CAMRA Real Ale Festival at The Arts ...
Brew 168 : Kraken

Brew 168 : Kraken

Another outing for this rather nice old ale. Two casks only, at local hostelries ...
Brew 167 : Mort Goudie

Brew 167 : Mort Goudie

A brew specially for The British Grenadier's 'Grenfest 23' in early November 2023 ...
Brew 166 : A Pooh in the Woods

Brew 166 : A Pooh in the Woods

A non-impy dark beer by way of a change, as I've been brewing a lot of those of late ...
Brew 165 : Sheriff Zeng

Brew 165 : Sheriff Zeng

A couple of casks of this new stout, sitting pretty at 7.3%abv ...
Brew 164 : Goldberry

Brew 164 : Goldberry

A special IPA for the South Woodham Ferrers beer festival, lots of Amarillo, Citra, Motueka and Galaxy hops ...
Brew 163 : Maka Kiso

Brew 163 : Maka Kiso

A 7.4%abv stout with just that little something different. In this case, it's Tonka Beans, which is all the craze ...
Brew 162 :  Lobo Janjuah

Brew 162 : Lobo Janjuah

One of the good burghers at West Suffolk CAMRA liked this so much at the Maldon beer festival earlier this ...
Brew 161 : Karas Buizza

Brew 161 : Karas Buizza

After it's recent Beer of the Festival award, this monster of a mild makes a quick return ...
Brew 160 : Black Otter

Brew 160 : Black Otter

The wascally wabbit reappears. Casks appearing at the Epping Ongar Beer Festival, and The British Grenadier in Colchester ...
Brew 159 : Grenvicenary

Brew 159 : Grenvicenary

The smallest of small brews - a single cask for to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the current regime at ...
Brew 158 : Norfolk Enchants

Brew 158 : Norfolk Enchants

Brewed early May 2023. An IPA what is primarily hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. 4.5%abv ...
Brew 157 : Karas Buizza

Brew 157 : Karas Buizza

A robust mild, with plenty of body and flavour. Did rather well at the beer festival to which it went ...
Brew 156 : Lobo Janjuah

Brew 156 : Lobo Janjuah

Another outing for this West Coast IPA. Lots of Citra and Simcoe hops. 5.5%abv. A couple of minor tweaks to ...
Brew 155 : Kinchubus

Brew 155 : Kinchubus

An imperial stout. With chocolate malt and cacao beans. And rum soaked raisins. I spoil youze I really do. Cask ...
Brew 154 : Saazbruhe

Brew 154 : Saazbruhe

Well, here's a thing. It's a black lager. It's 7.4%abv. And it's on keg ...
Brew 153 : Zanza

Brew 153 : Zanza

This Mosaic single hop IPA went down well last year, so, by golly, I brewed it again ...
Brew 152 : Khandsari

Brew 152 : Khandsari

Brewed in late February, an imperial version of the muscovado sugar stout that went down very well a little whilse ...
Brew 151 : Apna Wood

Brew 151 : Apna Wood

I thought to myself, by 'eck, it's t'Chappel Winter Beer Fest coming soon, should I offer them a cask? 'Appen ...
Brew 150 : Kharamba!

Brew 150 : Kharamba!

A chocolate and orange stout, no less. 3x casks - one at the Colchester CAMRA Winter Beer Festival and two ...
Brew 149 : Selachimorpha

Brew 149 : Selachimorpha

This stronger smoked porter went down well in bottles and at the South Woodham Ferrers beer festival last year, so ...
Brew 148 : Neogi Brekke

Brew 148 : Neogi Brekke

A new porter, and, as with the last brew, nowt fancy in, just the grains, hops and yeast. But plent ...
Brew 147 : King Tinsman

Brew 147 : King Tinsman

A cask-only stout, appearing at the Harwich Town Beer Festival, and The Victoria Inn and The British Grenadier in Colchester ...
Brew 146 : Raedwald Red

Brew 146 : Raedwald Red

An imperial version of the red ale from a year or two back, coming in at 6.4%abv. A helping of ...
Brew 145 : Selachimorpha

Brew 145 : Selachimorpha

A stronger porter, appearing in cask at the South Woodham Ferrers Beer Festival in October 2022 and in bottles. A ...
Brew 144 : Chico

Brew 144 : Chico

A cask is heading to Chappel Summer Beer Festival, and there is a limited number of 500ml bottles available. Challenger, ...
Brew 143 : Galaxy of Huell

Brew 143 : Galaxy of Huell

I suppose I should say that this is an out of this world pale ale. Whatever. It's got Galaxy hops ...
Brew 142 : XEROPHUX

Brew 142 : XEROPHUX

Tendring CAMRA wanted something a bit different for their beer festival this summer, so I decided to let loose XEROPHUX ...
Brew 141 : Zoot

Brew 141 : Zoot

Perfick for the warm weather. IPA generously hopped with Mosaic and Citra. 4.5%abv. Cask at The Ale House beer festival ...
Brew 140 : Amarazaka

Brew 140 : Amarazaka

A return for this IPA generously hoped with Amarillo and Azacca hops. This time it's a more session friendly 4.5%abv, ...
Brew 139 : Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew 139 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

A tweak to the recipe and a tweak to the label for the latest brew of this favourite. Casks and ...
Brew 138 : Apna Wood

Brew 138 : Apna Wood

A return for this Citra-led hoppy hazy IPA. Cask only this time, with casks off to the South Benfleet Sports ...
Brew 137 : Cnut the Great

Brew 137 : Cnut the Great

Commemorating Cnut (aka Canute) and his victory at The Battle of Assundun in Essex in 1016 (let's say no more ...
Brew 136 : XEROPHUX

Brew 136 : XEROPHUX

The return of the badass dude who is so bad his name is in ALL CAPS! ...
Brew 135 : Zanza

Brew 135 : Zanza

A new pale ale, single hopped with lots of Mosaic hops. Appearing in cask at the Easter Beer Festival at ...
Brew 134 : Byrhtnoth

Brew 134 : Byrhtnoth

Appearing at the Easter Beer Festival at Mersea Vineyard/Brewery in cask, and also in 500ml bottles ...
Brew 133 : Freak Party

Brew 133 : Freak Party

Some tropically hoppy goodness, in cask and 500ml bottles ...
Brew 132 : Charon

Brew 132 : Charon

As this smoked stout got such good feedback and the bottles went quickly, I decided to re-brew in double-quick time ...
Brew 131 :  Black Lava

Brew 131 : Black Lava

One of my favourites, and I fancied a glass or two, so I brewed it again ...
Brew 130 : Monkey Capone

Brew 130 : Monkey Capone

Monkey Capone, because nothing says Dark Mild like a chimp in a fedora and shades, wearing a bow-tie and smoking ...
Brew 129 : Zoot

Brew 129 : Zoot

After a run of dark beers, let me introduce you to Zoot, an IPA generously hopped and dry hopped with ...
Brew 128 : Kraken

Brew 128 : Kraken

Brewed for the first time in 2021, I decided I fancied brewing this again in fairly short order, and this ...
Brew 127 : Charon

Brew 127 : Charon

First brew to be rolled out in 2022 is a new one - Charon Smoked Psychopomp Stout. 5.1%abv, and not ...
Brew 126 : Black Otter

Brew 126 : Black Otter

A third old favourite, Black Otter Black IPA went off to the 2021 Norwich Beer Festival and was also in ...
Brew 125 : Feersum Kitty

Brew 125 : Feersum Kitty

Another old favourite, a cask of Feersum Kitty marmalade stout went to the Norwich Beer Festival, and a very small ...
Brew 124 : Ygrrfur

Brew 124 : Ygrrfur

One of three beers going in casks to the Norwich Beer Festival. A limited number of bottles were available. 5.7%abv ...
Brew 123 : Xipetotec

Brew 123 : Xipetotec

One cask was quaffed at the South Woodham Ferrers beer festival in Oct 2021, and bottles were available ...
Brew 122 : Ruby Vee

Brew 122 : Ruby Vee

Brew 122 saw a change of name and label for 'Rubus Vainilla', henceforth to be known as 'Ruby Vee' ...
Brew 121 : Galaxy of Huell

Brew 121 : Galaxy of Huell

We have lift off - destination the Galaxy of Huell. Can you guess what hops went into this fruity pale ...
Brew 120 : Bongo Jazz

Brew 120 : Bongo Jazz

A New England IPA, brewed with a New England yeast, and soft bitterness, but lots of peachy hoppiness ...
Brew 119 : Kraken Old Ale

Brew 119 : Kraken Old Ale

A new beer, first brewed as Brew 119 in the summer of 2021. Not to be confused with the robust ...
Brew 118 : Chico

Brew 118 : Chico

Chico on account of using 1056 American Ale Yeast, aka 'Chico'. Dryhopped with a trio of hops. 5%abv. 500ml bottles ...
Brew 117 : Khandsari

Brew 117 : Khandsari

First brewed early 2020 just pre-lockdown, and it went down well in cask at the Chappel Winter Beer Festival in ...
Brew 116 : Amarazaka

Brew 116 : Amarazaka

Brew 116, Spring 2021, was another brew of this Amarillo and Azacca hopped American Pale Ale. Azacca hops are named ...
Brew #115 : Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew #115 : Old Ben’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew 115 is another batch of Old Ben's Chocolate Oatmeat Stout, a smooooth chocolatey stout. 5.3%abv. 500ml bottles, but alls ...
Brew #114 : Black Otter

Brew #114 : Black Otter

The third of the first three re-brews of 2021 is Black Otter black IPA, which I know is a favourite ...
Brew 113 : Mozarillo

Brew 113 : Mozarillo

A pale ale with bags of Mosaic and Amarillo hops and some up front bitterness to make this a perfick ...
Brew 112 : Byrhtnoth

Brew 112 : Byrhtnoth

As I've done so little brewing of late, I thought I'd ease myself back into the routine by brewing a ...
Brew 111 : Old Ale 2020 Vintage Edition

Brew 111 : Old Ale 2020 Vintage Edition

Brew 111 is the fourth annual vintage edition Old Ale. There are a few bottles of the 2017 and 2018 ...
Brew #110 : Boleslav the Cruel

Brew #110 : Boleslav the Cruel

If you've been paying attention, you will have spotted that one of the other Xmas beers this year is Vaclav ...
Brew #109 : Winter Warmer

Brew #109 : Winter Warmer

A beer that will be last well, so buy a couple and keep one for next year ...
Brew #108 : I'm Dreaming of a Red Xmas

Brew #108 : I’m Dreaming of a Red Xmas

I brewed this last Xmas and by golly I liked it so much, I brewed it again. Slightly different grain ...
Brew #107 : Vaclav the Good

Brew #107 : Vaclav the Good

A 7.3%abv imperial stout. Being imperial, I've named it after Vaclav the Good. As any fule kno, Vaclav the Good ...
Brew #106 : Hyggeslynt

Brew #106 : Hyggeslynt

Brewed with a yeast normally reserved for 'tropical IPAs', this stout was fermented at a higher temperature than normal, which ...
Brew #105 : Lobo Janjuah

Brew #105 : Lobo Janjuah

Brew #105 and Beer #66 is 'Lobo Janjuah', a West Coast IPA sitting pretty at 6.1% abv ...
Brew #104 Ashes of the Lost Pandas

Brew #104 Ashes of the Lost Pandas

Brew #104 and Beer #65 is a 5%abv coffee porter, alls gone now dude and dudettes, but previously available in ...
Brew 103 : Peasouper

Brew 103 : Peasouper

Previously brewed in early 2019, this time available in bottles and cans, which you could have bought on the online ...
Brew 102 : Tonnerre

Brew 102 : Tonnerre

Brewed with a yeast previously categorised as a Brettanomyces strain, which enables fermenting at a much higher temperature than normal ...
Brew 101 : Black Lava

Brew 101 : Black Lava

Brew #101 is another brew of this popular Liquorice and Vanilla Ale (hence the LAVA - geddit?). 5.8%abv, with liquorice ...
Brew 100 : Equamoz

Brew 100 : Equamoz

A re-brew of a beer that went down well in 2019. Currently (10th June) in the fermenter. Available, in bottles ...
Brew 99 : cinquewinque

Brew 99 : cinquewinque

The first brew after a bit of a break, and it's a 7.4%abv double dry hopped double IPA black IPA ...
Brew 98 : Rubus Vainilla

Brew 98 : Rubus Vainilla

Brewed for Easter beer festivals, this was the last brew before a temporary brewing hiatus due to Shit and Stuff(tm) ...
Brew 97 : Deargbeoir

Brew 97 : Deargbeoir

A small bottle-only brew of an Irish Red Ale. 4.5%abv ...
Brew 96 : Chico

Brew 96 : Chico

An American Pale Ale. American on account of the yeast used, and the three hops in it (all beginning with ...
Brew 95 : Khandsari

Brew 95 : Khandsari

Bags (quite literally) of muscovado sugar were added to this stout, which will be found in casks at Chelmsford and ...
Brew 94 : Shanghaied! Amarillo Edition

Brew 94 : Shanghaied! Amarillo Edition

I brewed Shanghaied! Mosaic Edition in January 2019, and had been planning to brew another version, and finally got round ...
Brew 93 : Feersum Kitty

Brew 93 : Feersum Kitty

Previously brewed in September 2018, this stout has a lot of marmalade and orange peel in it and will be ...
Brew 92 : Gulfikea

Brew 92 : Gulfikea

A small batch of an experimental beer with Omega Labs 'Gulo' yeast, the progeny of their Irish Ale and French ...
Brew 91 : Old Ale 2019 Vintage Edition

Brew 91 : Old Ale 2019 Vintage Edition

Back in October 2017 I did a small brew of an Old Ale and decided to make it an annual ...
Brew 90 : Old Ale

Brew 90 : Old Ale

In addition to brewing an Annual Vintage Edition Old Ale for 2019, I decided to brew a more pub-friendly Old ...
Brew 89 : Tonnerre

Brew 89 : Tonnerre

A hoppy oatmeal DDH pale ale with a yeast that is "..a unique Saccharomyces strain formerly classified as a Brettanomyces ...
Brew 88 : Apna Wood

Brew 88 : Apna Wood

I brewed earlier this year, so when I had a request for a lower abv pale ale for a beer ...
Brew 87 : I'm Dreaming of a Red Xmas

Brew 87 : I’m Dreaming of a Red Xmas

Special Christmas Beers eh?? Well, generally breweries produce strong stouts and porters for the festive season, but I tend to ...
Brew 86 : Cnut the Great

Brew 86 : Cnut the Great

Three casks (at beer fests in November at South Benfleet Sports and Social Club and Rochford, and at The Victoria ...
Brew 85 : Galaxy of Huell

Brew 85 : Galaxy of Huell

No prizes for guessing the hops in this APA ...
Brew 84 : Ekuamot

Brew 84 : Ekuamot

Ekuamot, a pale ale with Ekuanot and Motueka hops ...
Brew 83 : Quintanilla Borage Honey Imperial Porter

Brew 83 : Quintanilla Borage Honey Imperial Porter

An imperial porter with honey from bees feeding on borage at Abbotts Hall Farm in Great Wigborough ...
Brew 82 : 8 Grain (Imperial Edition)

Brew 82 : 8 Grain (Imperial Edition)

A cask at South Woodham Ferrers beer festival and bottles aplenty bottles galore ...
Brew 81 : Peasouper

Brew 81 : Peasouper

Time for a New England IPA thought I. Brewed with London Fog yeast (hence the name and label). Keg and ...
Brew 80 : Mozarillo

Brew 80 : Mozarillo

A pale ale with Mosaic and Amarillo hops. Casks at Chappel and Ipswich beer festivals in September and bottles at ...
Brew 79 : Rubus Vainilla

Brew 79 : Rubus Vainilla

Rubus Vainilla (sic) is a raspberry and vanilla porter which got a big thumbs up by the Watsons Brewery Tester-in-Chief ...
Brew 78 : Clown Bertram

Brew 78 : Clown Bertram

The official Festival Beer of the Tendring & NE Essex CAMRA Clacton-on-Sea Beer Festival in August 2019. Two casks there ...
Brew 77b : Turtill's Rhabarbarum

Brew 77b : Turtill’s Rhabarbarum

After putting most of into casks and kegs, instead of bottling Maquenque Macaw, I popped the remaining beer into secondary ...
Brew 77a : Maquenque Macaw

Brew 77a : Maquenque Macaw

"AAK! AAK!" said Maquenque Macaw ...
Brew 76 : el gotico y cuervo

Brew 76 : el gotico y cuervo

This 6.66% abv stout will be in keg at Two Brews in late July, and in bottles at about the ...
Brew 75 : Ekuamoz

Brew 75 : Ekuamoz

Another, larger scale brew of a beer from earlier this year. Mosaic and Ekuanot hopped hazy pale ale ...
Brew 74 : Cocos Nucifera

Brew 74 : Cocos Nucifera

Time to spread the Cocos Nucifera goodness ...
Brew 73 : Apna Wood

Brew 73 : Apna Wood

A hazy, hoppy extra pale ale ...
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 - ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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? ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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% ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Brew 53 : Rauch Rot

Brew 53 : Rauch Rot

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

Brew 52 : Feersum Kitty

Marmalade and orange peel in the boil. Cask and bottles ...
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 ...
Brew 50 : Raedwald Red

Brew 50 : Raedwald Red

Bottles and casks in late September 2018 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Brew 43 : Ygrrfur

Brew 43 : Ygrrfur

The first in an Asgardian series, perhaps ...
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 ...
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) ...
Brew 40 : Cocos Nucifera

Brew 40 : Cocos Nucifera

First brew of March. Raspberries, coconut and cacao nibs in a chocolate milk stout. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ...
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 ...
Brew 38 : Simcoe APA

Brew 38 : Simcoe APA

Another single hop pale ale, this time using Simcoe hops ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Brew 30 : Samambaia

Brew 30 : Samambaia

A mocha milk stout : cacao nibs, freshly ground coffee from Mundo Novo/Topazio beans from Fazenda Samambaia ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Brew 12 : Imperial Black Otter

Brew 12 : Imperial Black Otter

A stronger version of Black Otter ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Brew 7 : Black Otter

Brew 7 : Black Otter

A dark, velvet and hoppy black ale ...
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 ...
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 ...
Brew 4 : Irish Red Ale

Brew 4 : Irish Red Ale

A malty, sweet Irish Red, using an Irish Ale yeast ...
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 ...
Brew 2 : West Coast IPA

Brew 2 : West Coast IPA

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