Hops Farm Craft Beer Festival

Hops Farm Craft Beer Festival, Hops Farm, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex
Tucked away in the countryside on the Essex-Suffolk borders lies Hops Farm, which on August 6th hosted its second Summer Craft Beer Festival. The event was held in collaboration with Two Brews, a local bottle shop and taproom in Colchester.

The weather was absolutely stunning for this Beer Festival, with high temperatures and unbroken sunshine from start to finish. Set in a large field, with several marquee tents to host the brewers and their precious wares, there were plenty of tables and chairs – and much needed parasols for people to drink in the shade.

The event was very well attended with late arrivals bringing their own chairs and picnic rugs to join in the fun. People were in good spirits all round and there was a summer party atmosphere as patrons tucked into their chilled craft beers.

Beers from many UK craft breweries were on show – Ampersand, Briarbank, Cannabrew, Double-Barrelled, Fallen Acorn, Jack Rabbit, Pomona Island, S43, Three Hills, Little Earth Project, Left Handed Giant, Pastore & Northern Monk. Each brewery offered between 2-5 different beers giving plenty of choice during the 6 hour event.

For those not into craft beer, a wine & cocktail bar was available together with soft drinks. Speciality coffee drinks were also available from a vendor, though on such a hot day, business was far from brisk. Toilet facilities were clean and well looked after throughout the session.

Food was available from 3 street vendors offering delicious chicken burgers & waffles, traditional burgers and curry. Music was playing throughout the day which added to the party atmosphere. The beer selection was excellent with a variety of different strengths and styles. This the second time we have attended this event and both times it has been in glorious sunshine and a great success. We look forward to visiting again next year.