Beer By The Sea – Brighton & Hove Beer Week

On Friday 24th August the inaugural Brighton & Hove Beer Week will commence, showcasing the very best of the city’s vibrant beer scene as upwards of thirty venues team up alongside some of the very best breweries from Brighton, Sussex and even further afield to celebrate across more than sixty events. There will be tours, […]

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Dark Star Imperial Stout – A Vertical Tasting

In a modern beer scene where those who shout the loudest stand out from the crowd, Dark Star sits in a quiet corner of Sussex, on an industrial estate in Partridge Green; a village nestled in the green space somewhere between Horsham and Brighton where it has remained a constant, well regarded name in an ever changing industry

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BEER TOKEN No.001

The autumn sun shines with that golden glow that seems to only ever be present at this time of year, as the air fills with the mixed aromas of multiple street food vendors; smoke wafts past carrying a familiar scent of grilled meat, the sounds of local musicians provide a soundtrack to a weekend that […]

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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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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 whereby I sent Chris a Sussex beer and he sent me one from his home in Nottingham. This time around you can find […]

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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. 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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