Please order your Bank Holiday Beer by midnight on Wednesday 6th May to guarantee free local delivery by 4pm Friday 8th May (VE DAY!) – applies to orders over £30 and within 20miles of the brewery (CM7 3JJ)

Check out our shop for availability and keep checking back if we don’t have what you’re after. We are brewing and re-stocking as quickly as we can.

National shipping deadline is slightly earlier – midnight Tuesday 5th May.

We hope you have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend with your families virtually if not in person and we’d love to hear how you’re planning to mark VE DAY on Friday.

If you are key workers we salute you!

Assistant Brewer Vacancy

Assistant Brewer Vacancy



Bishop Nick has an Assistant Brewer vacancy.

Seeking a dynamic team player with a passion for Real Ale to join our team. This is a hands-on, full time and permanent ‘Assistant Brewer’ position. Our leading brand has just won SILVER Champion Beer of Britain so it’s an exciting time for Bishop Nick. A great opportunity.

See below for job description and please contact or PM Bishop Nick with further questions. Interested individuals to submit a current CV and cover letter telling us why we must consider the application! Taking applications until 25th August.

Job Description

Title:   Assistant Brewer

Salary:   For discussion based on experience.

Hours:    40 hours per week. Typically Monday; Wednesday & Thursday 09.00-16.00 and Tuesday & Friday (brew days) 07.00-16.00. However, the brew schedule may be subject to change. Occasional evening/weekend hours to meet the demands of the brew process or to work at/attend industry events.

Duties include:

Brewing Process    To follow brew recipes and assist the brew process including all related cleaning.

Fermentation   Carry out gravity checks and yeast skimming/collection and preparing beer for conditioning and racking. 

Cask Cleaning & Racking    Preparation of casks for cleaning, filling and storage.

Beer Deliveries     Carry out beer deliveries to customers as and when required.

Receiving Deliveries      To sign for and see in deliveries.

Keyholder    When first or last on site to oversee the opening up or secure closing of the entire brewery site. This to include responsibility to padlock the perimeter gate, shared with Greenfields, when last to leave.

Shop     Taking card and cash payment for items purchased in the brewery shop, recording sales and stocking the shelves ensuring the space is presentable and attractive at all times.

Social Media   Contribute ideas and content for Bishop Nick social media/online marketing and promotion.

Bottles    Assist with labelling 500ml bottles and boxing up orders in preparation for courier collection for online sales, when required.

Brewery, Warehouse & Yard   To maintain a clean, tidy and presentable working environment.

Domestic area    Accept collective responsibility for keeping kitchenette tidy, making teas etc.., and ensuring the staff/public loos are presentable and stocked with paper/towels/soap.

Events    Assist in the planning of on-site events and tours and off-site festivals where Bishop Nick has an official presence.  Duties may include staffing of these events.


Witch Hunt is on!

Witch Hunt is on!

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Witch Hunt (4.2%) our latest Limited Edition brew is now available in cask and bottle.

Roasted Chocolate Malt defines this devilishly dark Porter. Fuggles, Goldings, Celeia and Aurora hops are thrown into the cauldron to bring this beast to life. Bolt the door, find a cosy nook and get stuck in to this bewitching brew.

While the kids are out trick or treating crack open a bottle of Witch Hunt and it’ll make their return (high on colourings and sugar) and the rest of your evening all the more tolerable.

This limited edition beer was an out and out success last year and is back by popular demand.  Grab some while you can.  When it’s gone it’s gone!

We’ve called it Witch Hunt because Bishop Nicholas Ridley was martyred by Queen Mary and her quest to eradicate her dissenters has often been referred to as the Marian Killings.  Merciless she was!  So 461 years ago this week Bishop Nick burnt at the stake for standing up for his beliefs.  We raise a pint of Witch Hunt, a fine classic porter, to him.  We like to think he would have rather enjoyed it himself.

Happy Halloween all of you. Wrap up and tuck in.

Closed for Easter

Closed for Easter


We’re closed for Easter now everyone.  Have a great weekend and don’t forget that you can still order online. (With a 15% discount for e-subscribers till 31st March).  We’ll be open again on Tues 29th.

You’ll find our beer on tap at many of our regular outlets – notably at The Compasses Littley Green who are hosting their annual Steam Up event (pictured).  A great day out for the family.

Nelion Ridley will be doing a tasting at Lathcoats Farm Shop in Chelmsford in the morning tomorrow (Good Friday).

We’ll have our beer at the Wivenhoe Easter Beer Festival and Mersea Island Brewery’s Easter Beer Festival too.

Enjoy the Bank Holidays all.  Lots of Eggs and Kegs from all at Bishop Nick.

Hoppy Easter

Hoppy Easter

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Hoppy Easter everyone.  Loving the Spring here at Bishop Nick.  Hop Cross is back.  This 3.8% Spring Ale is extra pale and simply put it glows.  Goldings and Crystal hops promise earthy spice and floral bouquets.  Hop Cross is a worthy addition to the Rites of Spring but like the bun can be enjoyed any time of year.

If you sign up to our newsletter  sign-up form: you will qualify for 15% off until 31st March.  Quick 9 more days.  Claim your discount online or in our shop on site (open until 5pm Thursday 24th April and then closed for Easter) but back on Tues 29th.  Get the beers in for Easter.  Our mini casks (8.5pts) are a suitably indulgent alternative to a chocolate egg and vaguely the right shape!  Give us a buzz on 01376 349 605 and we’ll make them up to order.

We’ve just been up at SIBA BEER X in Sheffield where all things Beer were being bought/sold/promoted and talked about.  Exiting to be playing a part in this craft ale renaissance.  Exiting times and with frozen duty for Beer too.  Three cheers!  Let’s toast the Bishop!

Experienced Brewer Vacancy

Experienced Brewer Vacancy

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We have an Experienced Brewer Vacancy at Bishop Nick, our 20bbl brewery based in the heart of Essex.

Founded in 2011 by Nelion Ridley – sixth generation of Essex’s preeminent brewing family, Bishop Nick is an award-winning producer of fine traditional Real Ales. Bishop Nick stands firm with its regular line-up of uncompromising hand-crafted ales which are complimented by a zesty range of Limited Editions which surprise and delight with the changing seasons. Available in cask and bottle.

Bishop Nick has attracted a forward thinking work hard play hard bunch of passionate individuals. The company has a rich legacy steeped in history but is light on its feet and has a sense of humour.

We are seeking a hard-working and experienced brewer who will be responsible for and involved in all aspects of the brew process using a specially commissioned 2yr old 20bbl plant.

This pivotal role encompasses brew preparation, solo brewing, testing, yeast collection, packaging and cleaning through to preparing orders for distribution and occasional local deliveries.

As a team, everyone is required to represent Bishop Nick at various events and Beer Festivals. Early starts and occasional weekend shifts come with this key position.

Applicants must have: A minimum of 2 years hands-on experience in a similar environment and sound appreciation of quality control, hygiene & food safety procedures.

Our new brewer must be reliable and responsible with a “happy to muck in” approach to work and a methodical attention to detail. This is a physically demanding position thus requires a good level of fitness. (Must be able to lift 25kg sacks)

Interested persons for this experienced brewer vacancy must apply with a CV and cover letter detailing why the job is of interest to you and what you might bring to our team. Please write to (with Brewer Vacancy in the subject line)

Closing date for applications Thursday 28th January.

Dark Mild

Dark Mild


Have you tried our latest Limited Edition, Dark Mild (3.7%)?

Aptly named, but not to be underestimated. Here’s one magnificent Mild.  Intense, dark and devilishly moreish, this smooth British classic is dominated by Chocolate Malt.

Easy on the hops but amply dry, this refreshing brew will keep you coming back.

CAMRA promotes mild throughout May.  We give you Dark Mild as our offering.

In cask at outlets across Essex throughout May and into June.  Also in 500ml bottles at selected stores, online and from our shop at 33 East Street, Braintree.

What is MILD?

Milds are black to dark brown to pale amber in colour and come in a variety of styles from warming roasty ales to light refreshing lunchtime thirst quenchers.  Malty and possibly sweet tones dominate the flavour profile but there may be a light hop flavour or aroma.  Alcohol levels are typically low.

All hail Real Ale



Bishop Nick takes up new residence

Bishop Nick takes up new residence

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To celebrate our second anniversary in business we have invested in a new 20 barrel brewhouse and have moved to Braintree.

Conveniently located between Freeport and the town centre we are a stones throw from the site where Ridleys used to have a Maltings. So we feel at home. We believe we’re the first registered commercial brewery in Braintree, Essex. We are committed to producing quality ales and are now better able to meet the demands of the Essex free-trade. We look forward to casting our net further afield in East Anglia and beyond.

No longer so restricted by capacity, we plan, this winter, to launch a seasonal range to complement our three core beers. And the wheels are in motion to get bottling too. George Cullen is now full-time as our Assistant Brewer. He’s got his work cut out for him!