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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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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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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The Sussex Wassail

“Wassail!” “WASSAIL!” I missed it. I can’t believe that I bloody missed it. Earlier: We were listening to Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 “…good bunch of folk traditions happening around now, do drop us a line, get in touch if you’re doing any wassailing or plough plays…so here we go with Magpie Lane and […]

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Sussex, Beer, Now – Part 3: Bottled County.

  The familiarity of that crashing clinking noise as glass bottles empty into the recycling bin must have my neighbours turning their heads. It’s so easy to buy bottled beers of a decent quality though, they’re stocked in every corner of the town, and Horsham (and indeed the rest of Sussex) is home to some […]

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Sussex, Beer, Now – Part 2: Cask is King

A little while ago I posted the first entry of my Sussex Beer Now series, an introduction to a steady stream of posts that aim to highlight all that is great and good about my local beer scene; the pubs, the brewers, the beers. Since then I’ve been steadily working my way through a seemingly endless […]

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Sussex Silhouette

    I was eating my breakfast, mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw my name pop up in this Turners Brewery status; I’D WON!! All that had been required was the sharing of a previous status update, my name added to and subsequently pulled out of a hat, then boom! I was […]

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