Brighton Beer Dispensary

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“If you went in there on a Friday night, the place would be covered in dust from all the workies. And you could go round the pub and get a house built. You’ve got a sparky, you’ve got a plumber, you’ve got a gas fitter, you’ve got everything in that one boozer. And that’s what pubs are missing now. There’s nothing like it.”

That was how Brighton Beer Dispensary’s Cody reminisced about the pubs of his youth on a recent episode of Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio. And this short phrase tells you a lot about his and fellow manager Jim’s approach towards running Brighton Beer Dispensary. It’s a rare but simple formula: all are welcomed, many by their first name, and warmth, good humour and affability replace that soulless anonymity that can often be found in city centre pubs.

Of course, beer takes centre stage, with nine keg lines and six well-kept casks providing a constantly changing selection. The tap-list, written somewhat appropriately using old-school chalk and board is an absolute joy, displaying clear descriptions and suggested serves along with very reasonable prices. Alongside that is another board featuring an impressive list of the big name tap takeovers planned for the coming year. And, as well as the beer, the Dispensary’s Sunday roasts – provided by Dizzy Gull – recently won the Best Sunday Lunch in Brighton for the second year running. It’s not surprising that the hashtag on their tweets is #wegotthis. They really have got this.

Hear more of that interview with Brighton Beer Dispensary’s Cody here:


Brighton Beer Dispensary, 38, Dean Street, Brighton, BN1 3EG
01273 710624
Facebook – Brighton Beer Dispensary
Twitter – @brtndispensary
Instagram – @brightonbeerdispensary

Whilst you’re there, why not visit Bison Beer Craft House – Bar & Bottle Shop or Craft Beer Co.?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Siren Tap Takeover & Marble Tap Takeover

Brighton Bierhaus


Brighton Bier is the city’s biggest brewery, and Brighton Bierhaus – just a mile down the road from their fermentation tanks – is its tap room. With beer so fresh they can keg it and have it pouring within the hour, and staff always willing to talk you though the taps, this place has become a main fixture on the Brighton & Hove Beer scene barely a year since it opened. And, if you want to choose your pint before you arrive – or simply torment yourself with what you’re missing – you can check out ‘what’s pouring now’ from the comfort of your sofa.

Brighton Bier is truly rooted in its community. Earlier this year, they launched Mabiera, a 4% pale ale brewed specifically to raise funds for the ‘Save Madeira Terrace’ campaign. And, just before Christmas, Brighton Bierhaus held a ‘Day for the Greys’ during which they pledged 20% of their takings towards helping out a group who were crowdfunding to open a community pub.

They’re not afraid to do things differently because this is Brighton, this is Brighton Bier, and this is Brighton Bierhaus.

Brighton Bierhaus, 161, Edward St, Brighton, BN1 0JB
01273 686386
Facebook – Brighton Bierhaus
Twitter – BrtnBierhaus
Instagram – @brightonbierhaus

Whilst you’re there, why not visit BrewDog Brighton or The Bevy?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Go West! Run / Walk / Stroll, Go East! Run / Walk / Stroll, Beer & Cheese Pairing with Brighton Bier & Patrick McGuigan, and Haus Party! Beer, Music & Football – Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion + Jangle Brothers (DJs)

The Brunswick

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Sometimes, sitting on the pebbles with a tepid can of beer that’s been shaken about in the bottom of your bag just won’t do: you need to get off the beach and into a beer garden. The Brunswick, just a few metres from Hove seafront has a hidden gem of a sun-trapped garden, large enough to feel you’re still a part of the sunny day, but a world away from the dropped ice creams and smoking barbeques on the shingle.

The Brunswick is a free house, boasting nine rotating keg and four rotating cask lines. There’s a lot more than beer going on here – The Brunswick is also a music venue and presents regular comedy and theatre events – but beer plays a leading role. The pub holds two popular cask ale festivals every year, and has recently played host to recent tap takeovers from big hitters such as Little Earth Project and Tiny Rebel.

And if you like to think whilst you drink, The Brunswick is also home to an escape room – but, with all this going on, why would you ever want to escape?

The Brunswick, 3, Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1JF
01273 733984
Facebook – Brunswick Pub
Twitter – @brunswickpub
Instagram – @brunswickpub

Whilst you’re there, why not try Bison Beer Craft House – Bar & Bottle Shop or Brighton Beer Dispensary?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: If Music Be the Drink of Love Let’s Have a Beer (Part 1), If Music Be the Drink of Love Let’s Have a Beer (Part 2), Gin & Beer Cocktails at The Brunswick, Bewilder Box Boozy Box of Bewilderment, A Very Beery Menu, and Sussex Brewery Showcase at The Brunswick

Craft Beer Co.

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Twenty-seven beer lines, intelligent bar staff, and close enough to Churchill Square that you can have a beer whilst you’re out shopping and still feel like you’re on task – Craft Beer Co. ticks all the important boxes and more.

Craft Beer Co. Brighton is the only member of this independently-owned, pub group outside London. It specialises in great beer – local, national and international – and there’s often has something just a bit special from across the Atlantic on keg.

Craft Beer Co., 22-23, Upper North Street, Brighton, BN1 3FG
01273 723736
Facebook – The Craft Beer Co. Brighton
Twitter – @craftbeercoBN1
Instagram – @craftbeercobn1

Whilst you’re there, why not try Brighton Beer Dispensary or the Evening Star?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: The Sussex Showdown #2 – Brighton & Hove Beer Week Special


Curry Leaf Cafe

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You’re having a curry so you wash it down with a pint of macro lager, right? Wrong!

When she visited for Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio, drinks writer and beer sommelier, Jane Peyton, described the Curry Leaf Café beer list as one of the most extensive she had seen in any restaurant, anywhere in the world. Divided into sections like a regular wine list, it covers wheat beers, porters, stouts, and sour beers in addition to the arguably more predictable IPAs and pilsners, The beers are chosen with care, and staff will help you match them perfectly to your food.

Curry Leaf Café has three sites in the city: the original café in the Lanes; a kiosk at Brighton Station, and Kemptown Kitchen in the east of the city. A good range of beer is available from all.

You can hear Rachida and Stewart from Curry Leaf Café talking to Emma Inch and Jane Peyton on Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio right here:

Lanes Café, 60, Ship St, Brighton, BN1 1AE
01273 207070

Kemptown Kitchen, 40-42, Upper St James’s St, Brighton, BN2 1JN
01273 526910

Brighton Station Kiosk, Main Concourse, Brighton Station, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XP

Whilst you’re there, why not try The Hand in Hand or Craft Beer Co.?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Sussex Showcase at Curry Leaf Café and Train Beers

Evening Star

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Back in 1994, Dark Star Brewery was born in the basement of the Evening Star. Dark Star no longer brew in the city, but their presence is very much felt in this busy boozer, and it continues to hold a place in the hearts of Sussex beer lovers. You can still find plenty of Dark Star on tap here, of course, but you can also find a really imaginative and constantly changing local, national and international selection on the seven cask hand-pulls and eight keg lines.

The pub is small, but has a couple of tables outside in what can become quite a heady roadside sun-trap. The unofficial railway arrivals and departure lounge, this is also the perfect place to orientate yourself when you first get here, or to grab a tasty train beer for the journey home. Just try not to lose track of time now…

Evening Star, 55-56. Surrey Street, Brighton, BN1 3PB
01273 328931
Facebook – Evening Star
Twitter – @EveningStarPub
Instagram – @eveningstarbrighton

Whilst you’re there, why not try The Pond or Idle Hands?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Dark Star Showcase & Spotlight on Sustainability with Good Things Brewing Co.

The Greys

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When the likes of Lene Lovich, Damien Rice, Georgie Fame and Kiki Dee have played in your front bar, what’s next?

The story of The Greys is the stuff of legends. Although once described as no bigger than a shoebox by a former landlord, the pub has a rich history of both live music and fine food. It has also been widely credited with introducing the good people of Brighton and Hove to the joys of Belgian beer.

But times change, and around six months ago The Greys became the subject of a widely publicised crowdfunding campaign by the local community who were keen to save it from what seemed like imminent closure and redevelopment. The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, but the pub was bought by a sympathetic owner who seems intent on returning it to its rightful place at the heart of the community.

And luckily beer is already playing a central role in this new chapter of the story of The Greys. So, if you’ve not revisited the pub for a while, Brighton & Hove Beer Week provides the perfect opportunity to head along there and wish the new managers all the luck in the world! Cheers!

The Greys, 105, Southover Street, Brighton, BN2 9UA
01273 680734
Facebook – The Greys
Instagram – @thegreysfreehouse

Whilst you’re there, why not try The Independent or North Laine Brewhouse?

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