Hand Brew Co.


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
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Twitter – @HandBrewCo
Instagram – @handbrewco

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




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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
Facebook – Holler Brewery
Twitter – @HollerBrewery
Instagram – @hollerbrewery



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.
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Twitter – @LaineBrewCo
Instagram – @lainebrewco

North Laine Brewhouse, 27, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA
01273 683666
Facebook – North Laine Brewhouse
Twitter – @northlainepub
Instagram – @northlainepub

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


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?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Bedlam Brewery Tap Takeover, ‘Don’t Go To Margate’ at The Greys, and Joel Harries at The Greys

Idle Hands


One of the newest additions to Brighton and Hove’s ever-growing beer scene, Idle Hands crouches behind the curved windows of what was formally the Royal Standard pub on Queens Road. It opened in June 2018 and is just a few steps away from Brighton station, making a perfect location to link up visits to a number of other Brighton & Hove Beer Week venues. With 10 beer taps and food courtesy of pop-up street food specialists, Wolfsmouth, you really don’t want to waste time getting there just in case the Devil gives you some work to do…

Idle Hands, 59, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XD
Facebook – Idle Hands
Instagram – @idlehandsbrighton

Whilst you’re there, why not try The Evening Star or The Lord Nelson?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Cloak & Dagger Showcase, Oompah! at Idle Hands, Jazz at Idle Hands and Gypsy Jazz Jam at Idle Hands