Our First Open Day

Our First Open Day

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August were the dates of our first open weekend. We had a temporary licence for the weekend so put in a pop-up bar in our brewery area, borrowed some seats & tables and got in some of our own Mayflower Gold on draught and a few...
The ESSEX BEER SHOP is now open!

The ESSEX BEER SHOP is now open!

Well it’s been a busy few weeks and months! After receiving planning permission in March and then our premises licence early in May it was full speed ahead for opening The Essex Beer Shop as soon as we could. Meetings with landlords Tony & Geoff were...
Our new shop and brewery

Our new shop and brewery

It has been a long search for a suitable premises for our brewery and shop. We had to find somewhere that had a building suitable as a brewery, meaning space inside and large access doors for getting equipment and products in and out. In addition, we needed an area...
Mayflower Gold at The Ale House Chelmsford

Mayflower Gold at The Ale House Chelmsford

Billericay Brewing’s main aim is to produce a range of bottle conditioned ales with taste and character. So something a bit different than you might find in the supermarket. Our first brew Mayflower Gold at 6.5% ABV and heavily hopped definitely does this. With...
Feedback on Mayflower Gold

Feedback on Mayflower Gold

It was a very special time to brew my first beer, Mayflower Gold, with Andy at Dominion Brewery. It was then even more exciting to be standing in front of people saying this is my first beer. However, a bit nervous waiting for people’s feedback and hoping that...
My First Brew – Mayflower Gold

My First Brew – Mayflower Gold

Last week I actually brewed my first proper beer. Previously I’ve done home brews an assissted with brews at Brentwood Brewery, but this one felt very different. This was my own creation under the expert guidance of Andy Skene. This is a collaborative brew with...

Progress to starting up.

It can seem a long road to starting up as a brewer, and I’m not sure when I can call myself a brewer for sure! I hoped to be moving into my premises now with the Essex Beer Shop opening at about Christmas time. I’ve had the premises licence approved, which...

East Anglian Brewers Cooperative

This week we have joined the East Anglian Brewers Cooperative. This is an organisation that brings together over 40 small brewers in East Anglia. We will be one of the most southerly members of the coop. This should give us the following benefits: Sharing the...

7 Next steps to open the brewery and shop

Find suitable premises – hope I’ve found one. Popular place with a beer association. Obtain personal licence – course now taken and passed. Application now in with council. Obtain premises licence – so I can sell to the public. Application now...

5 Steps I’ve Taken to Become a Brewer

You may ask, how did I arrive at the point of starting up a microbrewery? Followed my dad as a keen home brewer. I remember him making home brew in the seventies, which wasn’t that great, but it only had party fours and party sevens to compete with! Later on he...