Sussex, Beer, Now: Part 5 – Twelve years of seeking beer in Horsham 

Belleville Rendezvous plays on the screen infront of me as I lounge on a weekend afternoon, chomping my way through a bowl of Kettle Chips and washing down the moment with a bottle of pre-buyout Wychwood Hobgoblin. Granted, it isn’t an exciting moment, it isn’t even an exciting beer, but it is an important one. […]

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Top-Notch Brewing in the Heart of Sussex

Words: Rach Smith | Photos: Mike Smith, Alistair Maddock We head over to Haywards Heath for the second time in three months. That’s a record for us, before now we’ve only ever ventured that way twice in three years, and even that’s an ambitious estimate, but there’s a small revolution happening in the Heart of […]

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LITTLE LOOKS – That UltraBeer Thing

I’ve gone down a different route for this edition of Little Looks, reviewing  a beer related gadget rather than a beer itself. Stop giving me dirty looks, this is a beer gadget, honest! I know it looks like something that might be promoted at an Ann Summers party but this actually lands firmly in the kitchen […]

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#12beersofxmas 2016

It’s that time of year again, when Steve over at The Beer O’Clock Show podcasts gets the beer drinking community together with #12beersofxmas. I’ve contributed to the last two years, updating the blog with a daily review of a beer specifically picked out for the 12 beers run, and its always coincided with my work […]

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LITTLE LOOKS – Milk Street Brewery

Little Looks are the reviews of brews that may be new to the market, a local beer I want to shout about, or simply a classic revisited.  The Lowdown The likes of Zig Zag and Funky Monkey are beer names that I’ve been aware of for quite some time but I rarely see them on […]

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REVIEW: Lockhart Tavern, Haywards Heath

Words: Rach Smith | Photos: Mike Smith, Rach Smith. For a long time Haywards Heath has just been another Sussex town, along the train track, that serves as another delay between me getting to Brighton and the wealth of quality drinking establishments the seaside city offers. However, with Heath Ball (owner of the Red Lion […]

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LITTLE LOOKS – Fentimans Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Little Looks are the reviews of brews that may be new to the market, a local beer I want to shout about, or simply a classic revisited.    The Lowdown: Story has it that it all started in 1905 when Thomas Fentiman found himself in a loan deal with a tradesman. When said deal was […]

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So Here We Are – Goose Island’s London Block Party.

Words: Rach Smith | Photos: Rach Smith I’m on the 12:49 London Bridge train out of Horsham, as sunny spells emerge through occasional cloud on this late September Saturday, I make my way toward Shoreditch. When asked what I was getting up to this weekend, the answer “going to a block party” was greeted by […]

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Brighton Beer Hunting 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2016, FROM 1PM @ EVENING STAR This is a call to drink! To drink Brighton dry! Why? Because there’s some damn tasty beer to be had this side of the South Downs hills and because Rebecca Pate is leaving old London town behind for the day and so a tour of what […]

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LITTLE LOOKS – Petrus Sour Beers 

Little Looks are the reviews of brews that may be new to the market, a local beer I want to shout about, or simply a classic revisited.    The Lowdown: Sour beers are the strange cousin; very much a part of the beer family, gets invited to all the do’s, but turns up at weddings […]

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