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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SUSSEX, BEER, NOW PART 6: CONCLUSIONS.

Such is the evolution of the Sussex beer scene that the beer-scape is very different to when I first started these Sussex specific posts. That in itself is a win, that the scene has grown and moved on and not become stagnant, that there is more to write about than I can keep up with, the positives outweigh the negatives by a large margin.

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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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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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Destination: Mallorca 

Words – Rach Smith | Photos – Rach Smith, Mike Smith.  We’ve traded in the gloom, both the weather and the news items, for scenery exposed through hair-raising hairpin bends; the scares outweighed by the big sun in the bigger sky; impaled by jagged mountain; deep blue filling the spaces in between. Orange juice is […]

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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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Sussex, Beer, Now- Part 4: Brighton

I’ve been sat on a bus for what feels like an eternity as we make our way into Brighton, past vivid colourful bedding plant displays at the park edges and, as sunshine floods through the window, I spot the sea and excitement builds. I’m a child, it’s the summer holidays and my grandparents have treated […]

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Sussex, Beer, Now – Intro.

Recently there have been thoughts abound that more could be done to cover local beer scenes, to throw a spotlight on regional happenings and balance the beer love a little. I was all set to write a piece about my local beer scene but then, just when I seemed to be getting somewhere with it, […]

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There’s A Problem With That (?)

Before I start to rant I want to show you this:   It’s a response from friends after I showed them this advert:   This bloody advert. Its style, its delivery- well balanced, not without charm, but ultimately lacking in something- it’s so middle-of-the-road I’m surprised it hasn’t got Coldplay as a soundtrack (or has it?). […]

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BREWERY FEATURE: Kings of Botanicals

It seems 2014 could easily be known as the Year of the Can, with multiple breweries focusing on releasing their beers in ‘nano kegs’ to much applause from beer drinkers, to the point where #summerofcans should probably be entered into the Oxford Dictionary.  It’s all been very exciting with the likes of Beavertown’s cans causing […]

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