Brighton & Hove has a rich history of brewing. Around the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there was a proliferation of breweries right across the city, including Tamplins, which was for a while the city’s largest, and was based at the Phoenix Brewery behind Richmond Terrace. As it did in many other cities, independent brewing declined with the rise of the ‘Big Six’ breweries. Tamplins itself was bought by Watneys and eventually disappeared altogether. But, this being Brighton & Hove, the independent brewing spirit never completely died and, even in the 1980s and 1990s, new breweries – like Kemp Town brewery (based at the Hand in Hand) and Dark Star (founded in the cellar of the Evening Star) – continued to open up.
The contemporary brewing scene within Brighton & Hove – like the city itself – is small but also diverse, innovative and award-winning. As with many other things, the city punches well above its weight in terms of the quality and choice of beer produced here.
Make sure you check out all the city’s breweries during Brighton & Hove Beer Week – that’s where you’ll find some of the freshest and tastiest beer in town! And look out for those Sussex breweries too – there will be some very big names in town for Beer Week!
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