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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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.com – 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 a guest post on each others blogs. So, a mystery Nottinghamshire brew found its way […]

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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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