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REVELRY DAY 2018 promises to be another brilliant afternoon out for all the family.  Father’s Day falls on Sunday 17th June this year and at midday we will be throwing open the doors of the brewery to welcome local Real Ale enthusiasts and their dads!

If you’ve not been before give it a try.  Real Ale on tap, hog roast, Japanese Street Food (new), vintage ice-cream van with delectable home made ices, live acoustic music, children’s entertainment, English wines….  Suits you sir!

Nelion and his Head Brewer Alex Ratter will be conducting brewery tours and the shop will be open for purchases.

Profits will go to EACH (East Anglian Childrens Hospice) charity – so keep your glass to add to your collection!

Free entry and ample parking.  Buy a refundable glass on entry and fill it up all afternoon to say Cheers to the Big Man!

See our Facebook page for more information about the event.


Hope to see you on the 17th.

All at Bishop Nick

Mild May

Mild May

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Our Dark Mild (3.7%) is back for CAMRA’s Mild May.  This British Classic is intense, dark and malty.  It has sold extremely well in past years so we’ve not tinkered with it at all.  It’s a really refreshing brew and very smooth on the palate – easy drinking 3.7%

Mild ale is hard to come by these days so CAMRA go great guns to promote this underappreciated style of beer for the month of May.  Most of our fellow Essex breweries will pull a Mild out of the bag for Mild May so let us know what you think.

It is now available in cask but we will most certainly be bottling some and those will be ready in the next couple of weeks.

So if you don’t like an overly hoppy beer give this one a try.  Chocolatey and moreish.


East Street for Easter

East Street for Easter

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East Street for Easter? Our extremely popular blond ale (4.2%) is back for the Spring.

The first gyle has practically sold out in cask but don’t worry we’ve bottled plenty and we might even brew it again because it is proving to be a real crowd pleaser.  It is really aromatic and smacks of florals and fruit with thirst-quenching citrus flavours.  It’s a pretty beer too.  A brillian straw colour since we bunged in a load of speciality extra pale malt.

This adds to an already varied and top quality range that we have in bottle right now.  The sumptious, rich pudding of a stout Black Cloak (4.8%) is still going down really well amongst the dark beer drinkers out there and casks are all but gone.  And in the middle, our Amber ale Toast (3.8%) is holding its own too.

So all of the bottled range are available in our shop on East Street (did you see what we did there?) and online through our web shop.  Three packs and six packs make a great gift.  Or a gift voucher for the undecided!

Hop to it.


WANTED: Telesales person

WANTED: Telesales person

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We’re recruiting again.  The team is growing. As is the call list! We are looking for an experienced Telesales person to join the gang on a part time job share basis.  3 days a week including Mondays.  Is it the challenge you’ve been looking for? Do you know of someone?  Looking to fill the post asap and applications will be accepted up until 6pm on Friday 16th March.  Please send a current CV and a ‘sell yourself’ cover letter to

It is an exciting time for Bishop Nick.  We’ve just been joined by expert brewer Alex Ratter who brings with him oodles of knowledge (and beer trophies) and we have just scooped top prize in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of East Anglia 2018 awards in two categories for our core beers.

So if you want to work for a GOLD award brewery with a rich heritage and steeeped in history with a relaxed, close knit team of passionate individuals then now’s your chance.

Job Description

 Title:                          Office Sales Administrator


 Hours:                       8.30am-4.30pm – three days a week to include

Mondays (part-time job share)

 Skills essential:      Telesales, current Microsoft Office, ability to learn new IT software package, typing, interpersonal social skills

Skills desired:                     Knowledge of/interest in Real Ale industry

 Attributes essential:         Excellent telephone manner, good interpersonal skills, organised, efficient, good initiative, flexibility, reliability

 Duties include:

 Telesales                   Working through a daily call list. Up-selling across the range of beers and liaise with brewery staff re delivery routes and schedule. Building on existing customer database and extending the distribution network for Bishop Nick cask and bottled beers.

 Answering incoming calls – handling/fielding as necessary.

 Brewery Management System

Populate and keep up to date, brewery management database (training provided)

Office management

Filing and general office administration – keeping good order at all times.

 Personal assistance          Administrative assistance for the brewery director as required.

 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.

 Bottles                       Online sales – preparing packages for courier collection.

 General                     Keep domestic areas stocked, presentable and clean, taking turns with making teas and coffees for fellow staff etc…

 Events                       Duties may include staffing on-site events, tours and off-site festivals.

 Permanent post    Salary payable last working day of each month.

Annual leave 28 days including Bank Holidays allocated on a pro-rata basis.

Based at the brewery site – 33 East Street, Braintree, CM7 3JJ.

To start ASAP


Black Cloak

Black Cloak

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A brand new dark beer from Bishop Nick.  BLACK CLOAK is a 4.8% Stout which pours black and smooth.  This latest Limited Edition is complex and gloriously rich.  Velvet layers of dark chocolate and caramel malts evoke treacle and coffee – it’s practically pudding!  If you enjoyed our DEVOUT Stout in 2016 and DARK TIMES Milk Stout this time last year then give this one a go and let us know what you think.

Now available in 500ml bottle, this brew sold out really quickly in cask and we’ve brewed it again.  It is limited though so once it is gone it is gone.  Think St Patrick’s Day, think Easter – a glorious chocolatey beer fit for the occassion. We all need a bit of comfort during these glacial weeks so order yours today, pull up a chair in a cosy nook and indulge.


Two GOLD awards for Bishop Nick

Two GOLD awards for Bishop Nick

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Bishop Nick has just been awarded Gold in two categories at the CAMRA Champion Beer of East Anglia 2018.  1555 won GOLD in Best Bitters category and Heresy won GOLD in Golden Ales category.

Our new Head Brewer Alex Ratter comes from Mighty Oak who won GOLD in the Bitters category for their Captain Bob and SILVER for Oscar Wilde in the Mild category.  So we made a good choice there!  Welcome to the team Alex.  Exciting times ahead!

See below for more information and 2018 winners.

All category competitions and the overall final judging for the CAMRA Champion Beer of East Anglia awards for 2018 have been completed. Below is the complete list of overall awards and category awards –  they were judged at CAMRA beer festivals in East Anglia over the past year:





Overall Champion Beer of East Anglia




Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter

Green Jack

Ripper Tripel


Greene King

XX Mild

Mighty Oak

Oscar Wilde


The Squirrels Nuts


Mighty Oak

Captain Bob

Humpty Dumpty


Earl Soham

Victoria Bitter

Best Bitters

Bishop Nick





Colchester No. 1

Strong Bitters


Robin Goodfellow



Leighton Buzzard

Rebel Yell

Golden Ales

Bishop Nick






Speciality Beers


Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter


Chocolate Orange Stout

Fat Cat

 Honey Cat

Old Ales/Stong Milds




Nightlight Mild


Norfolk Nog




Cambridge Brew House

Night Porter

Humpty Dumpty





B & T

Edwin Taylor’s Extra Stout


Dark Horse

Barley Wines/Strong Old Ales

Green Jack

Ripper Tripel



Red Fox

Ruby Red Mild



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Welcome Alex Ratter.  Our new Head Brewer started today.

This is our Press Release

Alex Ratter who started in his new post with Nelion Ridley today joins from Mighty Oak Brewing Company in Maldon, Essex where he has been Head Brewer for nearly 18 years.  During this time he has brewed beers which have won a multitude of industry awards including the most prestigious CAMRA prize – ‘Champion Beer of Britain’ for their Oscar Wilde Mild in 2011.

Bishop Nick won SILVER OVERALL at CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain 2017 awards at Olympia for their leading brand Ridley’s Rite and the 20 barrel brewery in East Street is leaping from strength to strength with a well-established range of core beers and a Limited Edition selection of cask and bottled ales to suit all tastes and seasons.

Nelion Ridley says “Alex is an exceptional brewer with a fantastic reputation and comes from one of the region’s leading breweries.  We look forward to embracing his passion for brewing good beer and his considerable experience as we launch into this new chapter for Bishop Nick.”

Ratter who has now left Mighty Oak brewery adds “After achieving so much with one company I felt eager to explore new challenges with a young, vibrant, growing and forward-looking brewery, so when the opportunity to work at Bishop Nick arose, it was not one that I could turn down.  I’m very much looking forward to working with Nelion and Libby Ridley and the Bishop Nick team to further their success and expansion in future years!”

With Alex Ratter supervising all aspects of the brewing process, Bishop Nick will continue to offer their permanent list of ales and the new Head Brewer will undoubtedly contribute ideas and new recipes to compliment the current styles.




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TOAST! A new beer for the new year.  We have kicked off 2018 with a light amber ale brewed with tangy orange zest and British Bramling Cross hops.  What the world needs now is hot buttered toast and marmalade.  This easy drinking 3.8% beer is comforting and warming.

If you liked our Limited Edition EMBERS then give this one a try.  We think you’ll approve.

Grab it while you can as it is a Limited Edition beer.  Now available in cask and in bottle from 22nd January.

Happy New Year everyone.  We trust you’ve had a suitably festive time of it.  We’re always open to feedback so let us know if you’ve tried any of our recent brews.

January is too bleak to give up the things we love so treat this one as therapy!

Christmas opening times

Christmas opening times

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These are the Christmas opening times for our Brewery Shop.

Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.30pm (Thursday till 7pm)

All Saturdays in December 10am-2pm

Open for tastings, collection of pre-ordered minicasks, minipins and polypins, gift presentation packs of bottle conditioned ales, merchandise and gift vouchers.

All our current range of cask ales can be packaged in 9pt mini-cask (£20), 18pt mini pin (£40) and 36pt poly pin (£60).  (Cask beers available: our award-winning session beer Ridley’s Rite 3.6%, Heresy our golden ale 4%, 1555 our best bitter 4.3%, Martyr – an American-style IPA,  Divine a Premium Ale 5.1% and our Christmas ale Holy Knight 4.5%)  Come on in and have a taste if you need help choosing.

The mini-casks last a few days after opening, the pins will last a good couple of weeks easily if stored correctly.

Treat the Real Ale enthusiast in your life to a stocking filler bottle or a gift pack or go the whole hog and buy them a voucher for a Brew Day Experience.

The team will be on hand to help you with deciding when you get here and don’t forget you can order online through this website (order by midday on 18th Dec for guaranteed delivery pre-Christmas).

Give us a bell on 01376 349 605 or email orders to us at

Looking forward to seeing you.  Seasons Greetings from all of us at Bishop Nick.

New Bishop Nick Van

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My old man said follow THIS van!  And give Trevor or Nigel a cheery wave! Had lots of fun getting this one branded with the fabulous Pete from Concept Signs in Braintree. It took a couple of days because it’s quite a beast.

Thanks to Chris Covey for another eye-catching design. Livery befitting the Bishop.

We got to a stage where we were rather overloading poor Trevor and we couldn’t go as far (or as fast) as we wanted to or needed to. So here we are with a fleet of delivery vehicles.

Let us know if you see us by tweeting or posting on facebook.

There’s no stopping us now!