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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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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GUEST POST: Beer Swap with Chris Norman – Round 2

The first county beer swap with beer reviewer Chris Norman, of the delightful Circlemaster Blog, was a success, so we thought we’d go in for round two. The same theme was followed where by I sent Chris a Sussex beer and he sent me one from his home in Nottingham. This time around you can […]

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Men With Gun – Gun Brewery, East Sussex

Words – Rach Smith | Photos – Mike Smith, Rach Smith. It all started with a borehole.ย A borehole because of the desire to collect his own Sussex spring water, so, when enquiries were made into getting a steel container for said spring water the question, “Are you building a brewery?” was posed. And so the […]

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A Sense Of Place – The Three Legs Brewing Co, East Sussex.

Words – Rach Smith | Photos – Rach Smith, Mike Smith Travelling across this small, rural county from West to East, following the path of tree-lined back roads, I was discovering parts of Sussex I’d never seen before. Under the bluest sky on the first warm weekend of spring I found myself eyeing the distinct […]

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Concept & Folklore: Wetting the Cuckoo

There’s an old Sussex quirk, plenty of old Sussex quirks in fact, but there’s one that caught my attention as I flipped the pages of my Sussex Miscellany; Cuckoo Ale. It states that as soon as you hear the first call of the season from the tenacious cuckoo, you must go to the nearest inn […]

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Guest Post: A Bottle Swap with Chris Norman

A little while back Chris Norman – who blogs over at circlemaster.wordpress.comย – got in touch about a potential collab post. We opted to go down the route of a bottle swap, each sending a beer from our respective regions, followed by aย guest post on each others blogs. So, a mystery Nottinghamshire brew found its way […]

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REVIEW: Franklins Brewery Bottled Range + Q&A

I never used to like hoppy beers. My naive palate found the bitterness to be just too much, too unpleasant, like a slap around the face. Thankfully that’s changed and single hopped beers have played a part over the years in helping me to appreciate the more hopped up brews on the beer spectrum. Citra […]

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