Monthly brews

Our monthly brews are specials, either seasonal or brewed when the fancy takes us.

Ambassador

Ambassador

Normally exclusive to the Victoria Inn Colchester, this is a classic English session bitter – full bodied and slightly sweet and nutty from the addition of dark malted barley. Fuggles and Golding provide a delicate floral flavour and aroma.

Style: 
Copper
Hops: 
Fuggles and Golding
Strength: 
ABV 3.9%
In stock: 
No

Anne Downes

Anne Downes Pump Clip

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.

Style: 
Ruby
Strength: 
ABV 4.4%
In stock: 
No

Brazilian

Brazilian coffee and vanilla porter

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

Style: 
Brown
Strength: 
ABV 4.6%
Awards: 

Awarded Bronze for Overall Champion Beer of East Anglia 2020.

Awarded Gold in the Special Category (Champion Beer of East Anglia Awards 2020)

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
CAMRA Champion Beer of East Anglia - Silver award 2018
Champion Beer of Britain - Speciality Beer, Gold Medal 2018

In stock: 
Yes

Brinsop

Brinsop Pumpclip

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.

Style: 
Brown
Strength: 
ABV 4.3%
In stock: 
No

Cenosillicaphobia

Cenosillicaphobia

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

Style: 
Bronze
Strength: 
ABV 3.8%
In stock: 
No

Drizzle

Lemon Drizzle

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.

Style: 
Golden (Lemon)
Hops: 
Concorde
Strength: 
ABV 4.2%
In stock: 
No

Freak Show: Mermaid

Mermaid

 

Continuing the Freak Show range, Mermaid is a light, citrus golden beer. Hops are Chinook for bittering and Mosaic and Citra for flavouring and aroma.

Style: 
Golden
Hops: 
Chinook, Mosaic and Citra
Grain: 
Malt
Strength: 
ABV 3.8%
In stock: 
No

Freakshow: The Snake Charmer

Snake Charmer

A golden beer that's all about German Huell Melon hop. Not an "in your face" punch of honeydew melon and strawberry but a fresh and distinctive fruity flavour session strength ale.

Style: 
Golden
Hops: 
Huell Melon hop
Strength: 
ABV 3.6%
In stock: 
No

Hyperbole

Hyperbole

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"!

Style: 
Bronze
Hops: 
Willamette, Bullion, Mount Hood
Strength: 
ABV 4.4%
In stock: 
No

Jester

Jester

Fruity amber ale hopped with Jester, a relatively new English hop that's received wide acclaim for its tropical fruit flavours and aroma.

Style: 
Amber
Hops: 
Jester
Strength: 
ABV 4.5%
In stock: 
No

LOCKDOWN

Light amber, 4.9%, Amarillo and Columbus hops.

Style: 
Amber
Hops: 
Amarillo and Columbus
Strength: 
4.9% ABV
In stock: 
Yes

No. 88

No. 88

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

Style: 
Copper
Strength: 
ABV 4.06%
In stock: 
No

Pogonophobia

Pogonophobia

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).

Style: 
Pale
Strength: 
ABV 4.5%
In stock: 
No

Pontisbright

Pontisbright

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.

Style: 
Red
Strength: 
ABV 4.0%
In stock: 
No

Stout Monkeys

Stout Monkeys

One off brew with The Wise Monkeys, three members of our local Colchester CAMRA. Dark, rich, strong and full of flavour with oatmeal providing a smooth mouthfeel.

Style: 
Stout
Strength: 
ABV 5.1%
In stock: 
No

Sun Siren

Sun Siren

Blonde summer ale with full tropical fruit flavours from Ekuanot (formerly Equinox) hop. The beer name was inspired by the pump clip idea from local tattoo artist Julie Clarke Edwards.

Style: 
Blonde
Hops: 
Ekuanot (Equinox)
Strength: 
ABV 4.2%
In stock: 
No

Trinovantes Gold

Trinovantes Gold

The Trinovantes tribe had territory on the north side of the Thames estuary in current Essex and Suffolk and land 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). Golden hoppy beer, with light fruit flavour from Aurora hops giving great character.

Style: 
Golden
Hops: 
Aurora
Strength: 
ABV 4.3%
In stock: 
No

Yorkshire Embassy Blonde

Yorkshire Embassy Blonde

Normally exclusive to the Victoria Inn Colchester, this is a fruity, easy drinking blonde ale – Bramling Cross English hops provide a fruity blackcurrant flavour which is complemented by a fresh, clean and crisp mouthfeel.

Style: 
Pale
Hops: 
Bramling Cross
Strength: 
ABV 4.0%
In stock: 
No