Escaping Elephants!               September 2016                                                     
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Great British & Belgian Brew Off
Take three creative brewers, several boxes of ripe figs and a good quantity of rosemary sprigs then pop in some speciality Belgian and German malts along with carefully selected hops.   Just add water, lavish the mash with brewers' know-how and what do you get?  Elephant School Brewing's latest invention, in collaboration with the Solvay Society, a brewery focusing on Belgian-style beers, based in Ilford.   Tying together a mixture of styles from Belgium and Great Britain, Cheru Kol 4.5% ABV is a beer that celebrates 'a glorious embellishment of flavours'.  Incidentally, the beer is named after a short stick-like implement used by elephant trainers in India rather than a mis-spelling of the former Girls Aloud celebrity of a similar name.

"The honeyed sweetness of the figs wraps around the spicey, piney tang of rosemary and wafts over you like a refreshing breeze over the tundra," said Elephant School Brewing's head brewer Ethan.

Solvay Society head brewer, Roman Hochuli, originally from Belgium, said:  "When I first saw the recipe I thought, they're really going for it with this.  It's going to be fun."

Offering the brewers encouragement throughout the process and documenting each brewing stage for an online article was Matt Chinnery, a keen ale enthusiast who writes beer blog, The Half Pint

"It's been great to see these two different breweries come together, learn different techniques from each other and each experiment with something that would not usually be on their traditional line up of beers," said Matt.

The beer, for those in the know about Belgian beer styles, is an inverted single. It should be ready to drink next month in time for The Elephant Invasion Beer Festival on Saturday 8th October at Brentwood Brewery.  An impressive range of current Elephant School beers will be available as well.

To explain about this beer style:  Trappist Monks kept single beers, or the weakest kind, for themselves to drink.  From the same mash they would make quadruple, triple, double and single beers, varying in strength as the process repeats.  The modern equivalent of styles have evolved and now they are each made from a separate mash.  However, single beers are rarely available to buy as Trappist Monks and abbeys still keep single beer exclusively for their Monks' refreshment. 

Plans are afoot for further Belgian-style beer collaborations with the Solvay Society.  We'll keep you posted.

Next Brewery Open Day 3rd September
Fancy a pint?
We have two Brewery Open Days in September on Saturdays 3rd and 17th from 10.30am - 3.30pm. 
Brewery Tours start at 11am and cost £10 including a pint and a free gift .
Find us next to Calcott Hall Farm Shop, off Ongar Road, Brentwood.
If you don't have time for a tour, you can always just pop in for a pint.
We'll have at least two draught beers on in the Brewery Shop.
 Elephants On The Loose

Elephant Invasion Beer Festival takes place at Brentwood Brewery on Saturday 8th October from 10.30 - 5.30pm.   A good selection of the current Elephant School beer range will be available.  All beer is £2 per pint.  See you here!  Elephant School Brewing is Brentwood Brewery's rebellious offspring.  It takes its name from the elephant school that was based at the Essex Regiment Army barracks in Warley, Brentwood. The British East India Trading Company ran the school until 1959.

As elephants never forget, we make one-off beers to remember.
Call us on 01277 200 483. Email:
Follow us on Twitter: @ElephantSchoolB 

Frontline Walk for Soldiers' Charity
Weekend yomps through Thorndon Park are part of Richard Anderson's training schedule as he gears up to tackle a 100k charity trek along The Western Front in France and Belgium - all in just three days.

Richard from Brentwood, who served five years in the TA with the Royal Anglians and is now an engineering quality manager, is taking on the Frontline Walk challenge next month to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers' Charity.  It's the national charity of the British Army, helping soldiers, veterans and their families.

At Brentwood Brewery we're pleased to support Richard's charity fundraising aims by donating 10p from every pint of Frontline Walk beer, produced to promote his charity challenge, to ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

"We wish Richard every success with this challenge and please drink Frontline Walk generously," said Brentwood Brewery's MD Roland.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Richard can do so via his Just Giving page:
Wish us luck - we'll be at Elgood's Brewery in Wisbech later this month for The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) annual East region beer competition. Got to be in it to win it.

Pub of the Month
The Fox & Goose 

Anyone heading to the Fox and Goose at Cooksmill Green on the A414 between Ongar and Chelmsford will have to confront a perplexing question.  With so many food and beverage options on the menu, deciding what to order in the face of so much choice is a challenge. The good news is you can always enjoy a refreshing drink whilst pondering, unless, of course, that is the very decision causing difficulty.

“If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere, good fresh food and hospitality in a rustic yet modern environment, then you’ve found the right place at The Fox and Goose. Our friendly staff cater for everyone’s needs. There’s a great buzz about the place. But for those wanting to enjoy a quiet meal or just a drink in the pub, we do that well too,” said general manager Alastair Robertson.

A dozen starters and mains along with eight desserts make up the main menu. There is always a soup, tart and pie of the day included in the line up. Add to this, a specials board, which is changed daily, offering another half a dozen starters and mains and four desserts and you begin to appreciate why such a beautiful dilemma exists. 

They have four draught real ales with Brentwood IPA always on the bar along with draught lagers, ciders and Guinness. There is also a good range of wines from all over the World with 14 white, an equal number of red and four rose. Some are sparkling and there is a selection of Champagnes too. 

Beer & Food Match Suggestion:

A refreshing pint of Brentwood IPA 3.7% ABV (lightly hopped, pale, session bitter) and The Fox & Goose’s Beer Battered Haddock and Triple Cooked Chips.  Or Roasted Lamb Rump and spring onion mash topped with sweet potato crisps all served with lamb jus.

The Fox & Goose, Ongar Road, Cooksmill Green, Chelmsford, CM1 3SN
01245 248245

(For parties of fewer than 8 it's a walk-in and wait for a table service.  Parties of 8 or more need to pre-book.)

Beers of the Month 

Front Line Walk 3.7% ABV
Tasting Notes:
Easy-drinking pale ale.  The ideal refreshment at the end of a long march.  A donation of 10p per pint will be going to ABF The Soldiers' Charity.
(It's the national charity of the British Army, helping soldiers, veterans and their families).

Sombrero 4.5% ABV

Elephant School Brewing

Tasting Notes:

From the first burst of passion fruit and hint of mint, Sombrero starts a fiesta in your mouth that you won't want to stop.  Tipping its wide-brimmed hat to its European Saison roots, its flavour transports you to Mexico for a party that lasts to the bottom of the glass.


2nd - 4th September
Green Man, Herongate
Beer Festival

3rd September
Brentwood Brewery
Open Day
10.30am - 3.30pm
£10 Tours start at 11am 

3rd & 4th September
Brentwood Rugby Club
Open Day & Mini Beer Festival

6th - 10th September
Chappel Beer Festival

7th September
Beer Tasting, Upminster Library

11th September
Great British Vintage Fair
Braintree Golf Club

14th September
FirstStep Charity Golf Day
Warley Park

17th September
Brentwood Brewery
Open Day
10.30am - 3.30pm
£10 Tours start at 11am 

18th September
Mike Conyers' London to Brighton Charity Bike Ride in aid of SNAP charity

29th September
SIBA East regional beer competition

1st October
Brentwood Brewery
Open Day
10.30am - 3.30pm
£10 Tours start at 11am 

1st October
St Peter's School, South Weald
Mini Beer Festival & Family Fun Day
South Weald, Brentwood

5th - 9th October
Richard Anderson's Frontline Walk along Western Front for ABF The Soldiers' Charity

8th October
Elephant Invasion Beer Festival
Brentwood Brewery

10.30am - 5.30pm

29th October
Brentwood Charity Firewalk
Old Brentwoods Club
Ashwells Road

01277 200 483
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Calcott Hall Farm
Ongar Road
Brentwood, Essex CM15 9HS
United Kingdom

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