Special Monthly Brews

In addition to our Stock and Retro beers we have a range of tried and tested special recipes, and we brew a selection of these each month. All our beers are double-dropped during fermentation in the traditional way. Please read on for tasting notes for some of our very special monthly brews.

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Anne Downes

1045.5 og, ABV 4.4%

Named in honour of a local Brewster from 1890. Extra special bitter, full and fruity with a lingering hoppy finish. The hops are Bullion (one of the original high alpha hops from 1919) and Boadicea. Dark brown in colour.

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Barbarian

1040.5 og, ABV 3.9%

Well hopped copper beer.

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Brass Monkey

1039.5 og, ABV 3.8%

Light and refreshing golden ale. Tettnang hops.

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Brazilian

1048 og, ABV 4.6%

Our multiple award winning coffee and vanilla porter. Not at all shy on flavour but beautifully balanced.

Silver medal at Norwich BF 2013;
Beer of the Festival - Clacton BF 2013;
Beer of The Festival - Pig's Ear BF 2013;
Beer of the Festival - Colchester Winter BF 2014

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Brinsop

104?.? og, ABV 4.3%

Named after the home of the dragon slayed by St. George, Brinsop is a light brown ale balancing the malty sweetness of the best English barley with the floral, spicy and herbal characteristics of the thoroughly English Boadicea hop

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Cenosillicaphobia

10?? og, ABV 3.8%

The fear of an empty glass is thankfully easily remedied. English hops provide this session ale with a pleasant red berry fruit flavour.

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Day of the Triffids

104? og, ABV 4.1%

Green hopped beer. No notes yet.

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Diesel

1038 og, ABV 3.6%

A cracking session bitter, rich amber in colour. Packed with flavour and drinking noticeably above its strength. Fuggles and goldings are blended traditionally for freshness and finish.

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Divine Claudius

104? og, ABV 4.0%

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Drizzle

1043.5 og, ABV 4.2%

Brewed using natural fresh lemons and their zest this amazing blonde beer is a real thirst quencher. With the addition of honey malt from Germany and Concorde, a development hop from Alsace, which we found to be amazingly spicy with hints of wild honey sweetness. Don't knock it until you've tried it.

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Grasshopper

1045.5 og, ABV 4.4%

Fresh-picked green hopped ale.

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Hyperbole

104? og, ABV 4.4%

Brewed to showcase the wonderful Willamette hop, with a smidge of Bullion and Mount Hood for good measure. Instead of the usual "choicest hops" and "finest malt" stuff, we've left it to the beer to do the talking. Continues this year's (unintended) theme of giving beers names that are often mispronounced. Try "High-per-burr-lee"!

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No. 88

1042 og, ABV 4.06%

Dark copper ale. Named after the Bus which goes past the brewery from Halstead to Colchester!

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No Man's Land

104? og, ABV 4.2%

Brewed to commemorate the football match during the brief ceasefire of Christmas Day 1914. Fruity hop notes dominate this blonde ale.

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Old Mortality

104? og, ABV 4.3%

Brewed for the Colchester Winter Beer Fest 2015 for their graveside bar! Dark bitter with balanced malt and hop packed with American aroma.

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Pogonophobia

10?? og, ABV 3.8%

Very pale ale packed with the full flavours of four hops from Washington State's Yakima Valley. Rather like garlic and vampires, it's believed by some (but not many) that this beer is just the trick for those wishing to ward off bearded men (or women).

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Pontisbright

1042.5 og, ABV 4.0%

Dark Red American Hopped. "Pontisbright" is the old name for Chappel, the next village to us with the railway viaduct, and of course the home of the famous Chappel Beer Festival.

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Romani Ite Domum

1045 og, ABV 4.3%

Brewed to celebrate the Colchester beer festival 2013 and in honour of the sterling work done by Colchester CAMRA volunteers. Hoppy, golden beer. The Latin name is a bit of a mouthful so it is often just known as "Romans". Hats off to the Monty Python team!

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Santa's Claws

104? og, ABV 4.8%

Dark old ale. No notes yet.

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Trinovantes Gold

1044.5 og, ABV 4.3%

The Trinovantes tribe's territory was once on the north side of the Thames estuary in current Essex and Suffolk, and included lands now located in Greater London. Their name derives from the Celtic intensive prefix "tri-" and "novio" - new, so meaning "very new" in the sense of "newcomers", but possibly with an applied sense of vigorous or lively - so the name could mean "the very vigorous people". Their capital was Camulodunum (modern Colchester), one proposed site of the legendary Camelot. Golden hoppy beer, with light fruit flavour from Aurora hops giving great character.

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All beers are always available in Kilderkins (18 gallons, 144 pints) and Firkins (9 gallons, 72 pints). We also supply Pins - poly pins (34 pints), demi pins (18 pints), for which we respectfully request 24 hours notice.

Please also see our Stock Beer list and our Retro Beers.