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Billericay and Brentwood Breweries reveal new beer to celebrate their collaboration

PUBLISHED: 10:42 14 May 2019

Billericay and Brentwood Breweries release Workhouse IPA

Billericay and Brentwood Breweries release Workhouse IPA

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A collaboration beer by Billericay and Brentwood Breweries celebrating their new friendly, co-operative working relationship has been launched at Billericay's Spring Beer Festival with help from local author Sylvia Kent

At the launch, writer and author Sylvia supped a small taster of the new beer, Workhouse IPA 5%, which has a link to the latest local history book she is writing. Her 12th book, Brentwood in 50 Buildings, is published by Amberley and is due out this summer. It is set to include Brentwood's surviving workhouse building.

The building, dating back to 1788, is at 27 Hart Street, formerly known as Back Street. Extended in 1805 to accommodate more paupers, the building has also been a bordello, but since at least the 1880s has been a pub, currently The Gardeners.

Serving 26 parishes, Billericay Union Workhouse was built in 1840. The workhouse building at Grey Lady Place off Norsey Road has more recently been converted into luxury private homes.

'We went for the name Workhouse as there were workhouses in both Billericay and Brentwood and we know brewing beer is very hard work,' said Billericay Brewing Company director, Trevor Jeffery.

Workhouse IPA was named in a competition won by Graham Seal of Colchester via his Facebook page, Mancave Beer Reviews. He won an 18 pint Polypin of the new beer.

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