Nearly thirty of the very best pubs, bars, bottle shops and restaurants are taking part in Brighton & Hove Beer Week. These are the places where you’ll find the very cream of what Brighton & Hove has to offer in terms of contemporary beer drinking. Each venue is coordinating exciting events to showcase the city’s vibrant beer and brewing culture (and these will be announced very soon!).
The venues are spread right across Brighton and Hove – some a short stumble from the two main stations, others a little further afield. Check out the Map of Venues to plan your route. You’ve got ten days – so why not visit them all?
Just scroll down to read about all the venues or click on the individual venue’s name below to jump straight to it.
There are around thirty of the very best pubs, bars, bottle shops and restaurants taking part in Brighton & Hove Beer Week. These are the places where you can find the very best of what Brighton & Hove has to offer in terms of contemporary beer drinking. Each venue is coordinating exciting events to showcase the city’s vibrant beer and brewing culture (and these will be announced very soon!).
The venues are spread right across Brighton – some a short stumble from the two main stations, others a little further afield. You’ve got ten days – so why not visit them all?
Just click here to read about all the venues or click on the individual venue’s name below.
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!
Just click on the brewery’s name or scroll down to find more information:
Brighton Bier is a international award-winning brewery, firmly rooted in their local community. From their beginnings in 2012 as a gypsy brewer brewing out of the Hand in Hand pub, to their current home on the eastern side of the city, all that’s good about Brighton & Hove runs through them like the words through a stick of Brighton rock. They’ve thrown their weight (and their money) behind local fundraisers like the ‘Save Madeira Terrace Campaign’ and are always ready to step up to help the community out where they can.
100% of their beer is brewed within the city and you can find it on cask, keg and in cans right across town. And at their brewery tap – Brighton Bierhaus – you’ll get an ever-changing menu of some of the tastiest and freshest beer in town.
Brighton Bier, Unit 10, Bell Tower Industrial Estate, Roedean Rd, Brighton, BN2 5RU
Facebook – Brighton Bier
Twitter – @BrightonBier
Instagram – @brightonbier
Running up the spine of the Hand in Hand pub in Kemptown is one of the most quirkily interesting breweries in town. Hand Brew Co. is based in the 5BBL capacity tower brewery, originally installed by legendary ex-landlord, Bev Robbins, in the late 1980s. The brewery operates on gravity alone, meaning the malt has to be carried up to the top of the building by hand before every brew.
Head brewer, Jack Tavare, is a young homebrewer turned commercial brewer via the Diploma in British Brewing Technology at Sunderland’s Brewlab. He is imaginative, skilful and dedicated to producing both cask and keg which can be found both in the pub and right across the city. There’s no small-pack production as yet so drink it here and drink it fresh!
Hand Brew Co., The Hand in Hand, 33, Upper St James’s St, Brighton, BN2 1JN
Facebook – Hand Brew Co
Twitter – @HandBrewCo
Instagram – @handbrewco
Yes, the secret’s out: by the time Brighton & Hove Beer Week is upon us we’ll have a new brewery in the city! Since 2016, Holler have been brewing their quirky, tasty beers on a farm in East Sussex, but their connection to the city has always been strong. Last year, for example, they brewed a collaboration with The Bevy – a red rye ale called The Beast of Bevendean – and donated a percentage of the profits directly to the community pub.
And now, drawn by the big city lights, they’re opening up a new brewery in the centre of Brighton & Hove! We wish them well and look forward to giving them a proper Beer Week welcome!
Facebook – Holler Brewery
Twitter – @HollerBrewery
Instagram – @hollerbrewery