Apr 12 2021 - May 19 2021


Drop off and Swap date
All Day

Beer swap and tasting

Final date for sign up to this event will be 12th March 2021

Due to the success of our previous beer swap and tasting session over the Christmas period we are looking to do the same format again. The basic idea is to swap at least one beer (two if you want!) with the rest of the group and then we have tasting sessions where we sample a selection of the beers, discuss the recipe, brewing techniques and generally have a good time.

So as an example, if there are six people involved in your swap group and you wish to provide two beers you will be expected to supply 12 bottles (6 of each) and these will be distributed between the other members of the group, you will then receive in return a bottle of every other beer from the other members of the group. You don’t have to submit two beers although this is preferable but if you only have one then you will just provide 6 bottles.


There are no rules on beer styles, just submit whatever you have.


All beers have now been sorted and will be ready for collection from Sunday 28th March.

Tasting Session

Below are the dates for the tasting sessions. You will receive a notification on the date with a link to the online meeting. If you are one of the brewers make sure you have your recipe notes handy as many questions will be asked.

DateBeer NameStyleBrewer
12th April 2021Who needs a nameNEIPATony Tilbury
12th April 2021Silver LiningNEIPAGreg Ward
12th April 2021The PondererMildMatthew D’Arcy
21st April 2021HorsebolterStrong British AleJames Pettifor
21st April 2021Dogbolter CloneStrong British AleJustin Dean
21st April 2021North Mill BitterOrdinary BitterKevin Warnes
28th April 2021Bitter Last MinuteBest BitterRichard Swindells
28th April 2021Belgian WitbierJohn Rolinson
28th April 2021Exe Valley SpringGolden AleJustin Dean
5th May 2021Boudica’s FireGolden AleTony Tilbury
5th May 2021Brit GoldGolden AleSteve Plampton
5th May 2021BIPA ComebackBlack IPARichard Swindells
12th May 2021Joe 91American Pale AleSimon Baker
12th May 2021Cascade Pale AleAmerican Pale AleDom Anthony
12th May 2021Lou de LaageBiere de GardeNick Davis
19th May 2021Milk StoutJohn Rolinson
19th May 2021Project Coffee – EspressoMilk StoutGreg Ward
19th May 2021EM1Belgian PaleKevin Warnes
19th May 2021German PilsNik Leng

The event is finished.

5 thoughts on “Beer swap and tasting

  1. Hi all, this is my 1st beer swap. Just wondering about the logistics of dropping off and collection as I’m based closer to Southend. Is it a case of dropping off and collecting on different days or would there be an opportunity to drop off and collect at the same time? Cheers

    1. Hi Greg and welcome! We typically have a central location in Colchester where items are dropped sorted and collected from again. We have groups in various areas so usually ask people that are close to each other to get together before hand and have one person do the drop and swap for that area. We then do the full swap in one go so if there is no one close to then it should be okay for you to join the combined swap, although this will be dependent on what restrictions there are on people meeting up at the time. We will send out an email in due course with further details.

  2. I am in Braintree so can act as daisy chain, also we can arrange a Chelmsford hub for you I think. You drop of there and then pick up later, Rochford to Chelmsford 35 mins. I can do that for you if need be, we can meet up on 26th and I deliver to Tony on 27th and pick up you case, then we just need to arrange a date to meet up again. Also we have members in Chelmsford so someone else maybe able to meet you there too. I am sure we will make it work. Thanks Greg

  3. If you want to drop and pick up on same day then you can go to Tony in Colchester otherwise. But you would have to get there at a fixed time period.

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