Since the creation of Other Monkey Brewing in 2016, we have consistently created a range of award-winning craft beers and traditional ales which have been provided to a variety of venues based around Essex and Suffolk including Three Wise Monkeys, Twisters Bar, V Bar, The Odd One Out and a selection of festivals.
Fast forward to 2022, we welcome the latest evolution of Other Monkey Brewing. Located proudly on St Nicholas Street, just off Colchester High Street, our brewery opened .
The Brewery has now seen the production of Other Monkey Brewing’s incredible Core Range which includes our signature Pale Ale ‘Great Journey Begins’ as well as a selection of other well-loved craft beers and IPAs.
History Of Other Monkey Brewing
The Great Journey Begins
Independently owned, Essex based brewery “Other Monkey Brewing” started production in March 2016, in the basement of Three Wise Monkeys Colchester with a focus on brewing exceptional traditional ales and unique, award-winning craft beers.
With a young, dynamic team of creative brewers utilising a mix of classic brewing techniques and fresh industry ideas we began brewing a range of fantastic beers and supporting local venues such as Three Wise Monkeys, Twisters and V Bar with main-stay product lines such as Great Journey Begins.
33rd Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival Award
In 2018, CAMRA awarded Other Monkey Brewing’s delicious Vanilla Latte Stout with “Beer of The Festival” Award at the 33rd Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival.
“Taking top honours in the real ale competition is Vanilla Latte Stout from the Other Monkeys brewery based in the Three Wise Monkeys Colchester on the High Street. Beers don’t get much more local than that.”
Since the festival, Other Monkey Brewing has flourished, participating in numerous Beer & Cider industry publications such as CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide in 2019.
A Legacy Continued
In 2019, Other Monkey Brewing continued its strategic growth following an overwhelming local response, and endeavoured to convert the well loved ‘JACKS’ building located within Colchester High-street into a unique Taproom and Brewery experience.
Colchester Council leader Mark Cory (Lib Dem) said: “The former Jacks store is a significant part of the history of Colchester’s town centre.
“Working with Three Wise Monkeys to bring this important building back into economic use will help stimulate further inward investment, as well as delivering more jobs in the town. Personally, I enjoy going to Three Wise Monkeys for a drink and feel this new venture will add so much to the attraction of the place. It really adds to the atmosphere to see the brewery right there in front of you.
I am happy to raise a glass to support this local business go from strength to strength.”
With permission approved, and a long-term goal in sight of providing freshly brewed beer and a unique experience Other Monkey Brewing continued through a two-year development project.
Beer & Food that belong together.
In 2022, we officially launched our new Taproom and Tasting restaurant experience at 5-6 St Nicholas St.
Sporting impressive on-site brewing tanks and locally sourced, expertly paired food concepts The Taproom boasts a unique selection of beer brewed in-house for total freshness and an experience even the most seasoned beer enthusiasts will enjoy.
The Taproom offers a complete local tap experience, with a state-of-the-art working brewery and lovingly created Other Monkey Brewing beer, a knowledgeable team of experts and local, high quality guest draught beers, cask, and keg.
The Tasting Room delivers a stand-out food and beer pairing experience which utilises our in-house brewery and restaurant. Our dynamic, rotating menu is made up of small plates, hearty mains and something for everyone, created with locally sourced ingredients and freshly cooked to order.
Our focus? Beer & Food that belong together.