Brewing in Brighton & Hove

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

Hand Brew Co.

Holler

Loud Shirt Brewing Co.

North Laine Brewhouse (Laine Brew Co.)

 

 

Brighton Bier

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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
01273 567374
http://www.brightonbier.com
Facebook – Brighton Bier
Twitter – @BrightonBier
Instagram – @brightonbier

Hand Brew Co.

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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
01273 699595
http://www.handbrewco.com
Facebook – Hand Brew Co
Twitter – @HandBrewCo
Instagram – @handbrewco

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Hand Brew Co. Brewery Tours

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Holler

 

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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!

Holler Brewery
http://www.hollerbrewery.com
Facebook – Holler Brewery
Twitter – @HollerBrewery
Instagram – @hollerbrewery

 

 

Loud Shirt

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One of the newest additions to the Brighton brewing scene, Loud Shirt Brewing Co. occupy a unit on the same Kemptown industrial estate as Brighton Bier. The brainchild of old friends, Martyn Batchelor and Mike Thomson, it started production in a garden shed but now brews on a 10 BBL kit with the capacity to turn out 6000 pints a week.

Their beer is available in cask, keg and bottle and, every month, they throw open the  doors to their brewery and host a party with live music and lots of beer! Look out for them and their beers throughout Brighton & Hove Beer Week – with shirts like that, you can’t miss them!

Loud Shirt Brewing Co. Unit 5, Bell Tower Industrial Estate, Roedean Road, Brighton, BN2 5RU
01273 087077
http://www.loudshirtbeer.co.uk
Facebook – Loud Shirt Beer
Twitter – @LoudShirtBeer
Instagram – @loudshirtbeer

North Laine Brewhouse (Laine Brew Co.)

 

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Most Laine Brew Co. beers are brewed on their 45-barrel kit up in Adversane, West Sussex, and you can find these in Laine’s pubs across Brighton & Hove and London. However, Laine Brew Co. also brews at the People’s Park Tavern in Hackney, the Four Thieves in Clapham and, down here in the centre of Brighton, at the North Laine Brewhouse.

All but one of the Laine Brew Co. cask ales served at the North Laine Brewhouse is brewed on site, and there are plans to brew more of the keg beer here too – so make sure you pop in and grab yourself a pint of something fresh and tasty!

Laine Brew Co.
http://www.laine.beer
Facebook – Laine Brew Co.
Twitter – @LaineBrewCo
Instagram – @lainebrewco

North Laine Brewhouse, 27, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA
01273 683666
http://www.northlaine.pub
Facebook – North Laine Brewhouse
Twitter – @northlainepub
Instagram – @northlainepub

Sussex Breweries

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Here in Brighton & Hove we’re some of the luckiest beer drinkers in the world. Bordered on one side by the sea, and on the other by the South Downs, we live in a beautiful city. And, both in the city and right across Sussex, teams of dedicated brewers are brewing up fantastic beer!

There are more than sixty breweries in Sussex and, when the area’s population is taken into account, this number is thrown into stark perspective. A recent study estimated that East Sussex has around 6.4 breweries per 100,000 people. This compares to just 0.4 per 100,000 in London, a place that sometimes feels overrun with new breweries and tap rooms.

And these brewers are not just brewing ‘boring brown beer’. Many are well-established, some are just becoming known, and a few are world-renowned innovators at the very top of their game. And the very best of them, the absolute cream of the crop, will be represented right here in the city during Brighton & Hove Beer Week.

From the tradition and magical yeast funkiness of Harvey’s, to the genius of Burning Sky; from established names like Dark Star, to bright young things like Cloak & Dagger and Lost Pier; and from the skill and integrity of Cellar Head and Franklins, to the random brilliance of Lost & Found, Abyss and UnBarred, Sussex beer is on its way to Brighton & Hove for Beer Week!

Make sure you catch up with all the Sussex breweries on offer during Brighton & Hove Beer Week. And keep a close eye on the events pages for information about where you can try them.