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Breweries in Sussex
There are so many people having a go at brewing these days it is difficult to keep this page bang up-to-date. But as we have a county-wide set-up to report on the approaching 60 Breweries in Sussex through the Brewery Liaison Officers reporting in our magazine Sussex Drinker, it makes sense to use that. So for more detail please go here SUSSEX DRINKER. This is the publisher's website where you can choose the latest edition (Summer 2017). Below is just a list with brief comments and links to websites (and increasingly just blogspots or Facebook pages) where possible.
The only reason some are in LARGER type is because they are in our 'Brighton & South Downs Branch' Area
1648 BREWING COMPANY, Mill Lane, East Hoathly, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6QB. tel. 01825 840238. www.1648brewing.co.uk East Hoathly's Village Brewery and Brew Pub. The Kings Head, in the centre of the village, is the primary outlet for the beer and the brewery can be found at the start of Mill Lane, just to the left of the pub.
360 DEGREES BREWING CO. Sheffield Park
360 Degree Brewing Company, Unit 22, Bluebell Business Estate, Sheffield Park, Uckfield TN22 3RB Tel: 01825 722375 Situated alongside the Bluebell Railway in Sheffield Park. The focus of the range will be "hoppy and flavoursome beers for both traditional and modern ale drinkers." Contact John Shepherd on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ABYSS BREWERY in the Pelham Arms, High St Lewes some info here
ADUR BREWERY, office at 2 Sullington Way, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6PJ, tel 01903 867614 or 01273 808361 Brewery is at Charlton Court on the Wiston House Estate, half-way up Mouse Lane, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3DG. adurbrewery.com Set up in 2008 by Andy Dwelly, Finally sold (last payment) early 2012 to a Co-operative of about 29 local people – Britain's third Co-operative brewery after Hesket Newmarket & Topsham. First co-op brew was October 2011.
ALE HOUSE & KITCHEN, 10 High Street, Worthing - in the old church building which has been a night club and several other names before (March 2015) with one of the Hammerpot brewers brewing www.facebook.com/pages/Ale-House-and-Kitchen
ARUNDEL ALES, Unit C7, Ford Airfield Industrial Estate, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0HY. tel 01903 733111. www.arundelbrewery.co.uk e-mail email@example.com. Founded in 1992, the brewery is in fact on industrial estate well south of Arundel at Ford. It changed ownership 2004, and brewers, but continues its range of core brands and seasonal beers.
ASHDOWN ALES (still listed as Ashdown Ales, Buckhurst Park, Withyham, East Sussex TN7 4BN Phone: 01892 770532 Mobile: 07530604064) but now brewing using the old Turners Brewery site at Ringmer, we are told (June 2016) check... www.ashdownales.co.uk
BALLARDS Brewery, The Old Sawmill, Nyewood, Petersfield GU31 5HA. tel 01730 821301. www.ballardsbrewery.org.uk (postal address Hampshire but Nyewood is in Sussex). At the current site since 1988, and at Cumbers Farm before that, supplying about 60 free trade outlets and bottling some. The 'Ballards Beer Walk' starts from the brewery on the first Sunday in December from about 10am. as people arrive to taste the new winter strong beer, then amble along the West Sussex lanes/footpaths if dry, to various local hostelries dispensing Ballards.
BARTLEBYS BREWERY, Hollingdean, Brighton
19 Hollingdean Terrace (we think) Brighton BN1 7HB, tel 07845 297195. www.bartlebysbrewery.com Two guys called Matt brewing beer for themselves and delivering to local people by bike. Say they started in 2012. Deliver on a specially adapted bike?
(BASELINE – kit sold to Riverside, 2015)
BEACHY HEAD Brewing Co., Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, Gilberts Drive, East Dean, Eastbourne, BN20 0AA, tel 01323 733603. www.beachyhead.org.uk/brewery Brewer Roger Green, with landowner Charlie Davis-Gilbert, started this brewery in Nov 2006 - less bottling now and more cask. Brewery Tap is the nearby Tiger Inn at East Dean.
BEDLAM, Albourne, West Sussex
Albourne Farm, Shaveswood Lane, Albourne, HASSOCKS, West Sussex BN6 9DX. www.bedlambrewery.co.uk Set up at Albourne Farm. They are now (October 2016) appealing for crowdfunding to expand the business. Details on the website? LINK
BEERCRAFT BREWERY - at the Watchmakers Arms in Hove see www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/business/beercraft-brewery-ltd--1059585.html
BEER ME BREWERY - seems to be at the Belgian Cafe in Eastbourne, March 2015) www.facebook.com/pages/Beer-me-brewery
BLACK CAT Brewery, Framfield 01825 840879. www.blackcat-brewery.com Set up by part-time brewer 'Marcus' and producing Original and Hopsmack.
BRICK HOUSE BREWING CO in Patcham, Brighton (March 2015) www.facebook.com/pages/Brick-House-Brewing-Co
BRIGHTON BIER COMPANY and KEMPTOWN at The Hand in Hand pub, Kemptown, Brighton
33 Upper St. James Street, Brighton BN2 1JN tel 01273 699595 Pub brewery built 1989 in the tower tradition behind and above The Hand in Hand pub in Kemptown, Brighton. Brewer Gary Sillence has been rebuilding and updating; also brewing beers under the Kemptown name. Has now merged with Franklin's brewery (Oct 2013) see below and a wholesaler 'WithSoul'.
BURNING SKY, Place Barn, The Street, Firle, East Sussex BN8 6LP
Now brewing at Firle in East Sussex, tel 01273 858080. http://www.burningskybeer.com Set up October 2013 by ex-Dark Star brewer Mark Tranter, producing interesting, hoppy range. Beers regularly seen at The Snowdrop in Lewes.
CROOKED BROOK (seems to have opened December 2014) Unit 5, Woodside Garage, Copthorne Road, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3QZ. 07462 523013. Details on Facebook page www.facebook.com/crookedbrook
DARK STAR, 22 Star Road, Partridge Green RH13 8RA tel/fax 01403 713085. www.darkstarbrewing.co.uk Originally set up in the cellar of The Evening Star pub in Brighton, in late 2009 they moved to spacious premises in Partridge Green. Their beers are regular prizewinners. Two tied houses: Evening Star in Brighton and The Partridge in Partridge Green. Also Duke of Wellington in Shoreham-by-Sea, whilst no longer a tied house, has their beers regularly.
DOWNLANDS, Small Dole, West Sussex
Unit Z (2a) Mackley Industrial Estate, Henfield Road, Small Dole BN5 9XE, tel 01273 495596 – www.downlandsbrewery.com A 10-barrel plant set up in 2012. A joint venture between Geoff at the Shepherd & Dog pub in Fulking and brewer 'widdi' (yes that's the name he prefers) Some wholesaling of other brewers' beers may also be undertaken.
EGREMONT PUB IN WORTHING – two house beers brewed by Goldmark www.theegremont.com
EWHURST ALES I think you'd better look at their website for this one (May 2016) here
FILO BREWERY at the First In Last Out (FILO) pub, High Street, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3EY, tel 01424 425079. www.thefilo.co.uk Brewery visible through a window at the back of the pub, which is in the attractive 'Old Town' of Hastings and has been brewing since 1985. Their beers are difficult to find outside the pub itself, the "First" pub you came to and "Last" when you left the old town, when High St was a main route (many years ago!)
FIREBIRD Brewing Company, Lynwick Street, Rudgwick, West Sussex RH12 3DH. tel 01403 823180 www.firebirdbrewing.co.uk Brewers are Bill King (ex-King & Barnes then ex-W J King) and Richard ??? using second-hand kit in a unit that's part of the closed-down Rudgwick brickworks near other food producers such as 'Sussex Charmer' Cheese etc. Plans for a shop in the pipeline. The name 'Phoenix' (from the ashes) was considered but another brewer already has that name. firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKLINS Brewery, Pebsham Farm Industrial Estate, Pebsham Lane, Bexhill, East Sussex TN40 2RZ. tel. 01424 73 1066.www.franklinsbrewery.co.uk Brewing on the old Whites premises in Bexhill, also for a time producing 'Edge' beers. Now (Oct 2013) have joined forces with Brighton Bier Company, see above, in some kind of deal, with wholesaler 'WithSoul'.
GOLDMARK Craft Beers, Unit 23 The Vinery, Poling, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PY, tel 07900 555415.Set up (April 2013) close to Hammerpot, at The Vinery. One of the brewers is Frank McCabe (previously of Anchor Springs and before that, Arundel) and also Mark (the Mark in Goldmark).
GOLDSTONE, Ditchling, East Sussex
The Forge, Ditchling Common, Ditchling, HASSOCKS, BN6 8SG, tel 01444 257053 –https://www.facebook.com/GoldstoneBrewery/timeline?filter=3
GREYHOUND BREWERY, Smock Alley, West Chiltington, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2QX, tel. 07973625510 www.greyhoundbrewery.co.uk
GRIBBLE Brewery, Gribble Lane, Oving, near Chichester, West Sussex PO20 2PB, tel 01243 786893. www.gribbleinn.co.uk. Situated round the back of The Gribble Inn and the easiest place to find their beers is usually the Inn, owned by Simon Wood & Nicola Tester and the brewer is Rob Cooper.
GUN BREWERY, Hawthbush Farm, Gun Hill, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0JY tel. 01323 700200 (as at April 2015) - see twitter.com/gunbrewery
HAMMERPOT Brewery, Unit 30, The Vinery, Poling, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PY. tel. 01903 883338 www.hammerpot-brewery.co.uk. Set up in April 2005, based in The Vineries just south of the A27 at Poling.
HAND BREW CO at the Hand in Hand pub, 33 Upper St James's Street Kemp Town Brighton BN2 1JN tel 07508 814541 Brewer Jack Tavare who, we believe, also brews at Beercraft at Watchmaker's Arms in Hove Hand Brew Co
HARVEYS, Lewes, East Sussex
Bridge Wharf Brewery, 6 Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AH. tel 01273 480209. www.harveys.org.uk A large, family-run brewery on the banks of the River Ouse in East Sussex's county town. They now have two tied houses in London, The Royal Oak, 44 Tabard St. SE1 4JU and The Cat's Back, 86-88 Point Pleasant, SW18 1NN
HASTINGS BREWERY LTD, Unit 12 Conqueror Industrial Estate, Moorhurst Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN28 9NB, tel 01424 572050. www.hastingsbrewery.co.uk A 5.25 barrel brewery is being set up after their move to larger premises.
HEATHEN BREWERS, Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Brewing in the basement of The Grape & Grain off-licence and delicatessen, 51 The Broadway, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3AS. tel 01444 456217 www.heathenbrewers.co.uk Formed Spring 2014 by a group of keen brewers in the Haywards Heath area (Ed and Angelica Perfect [proprietors of the Grape & Grain] Graham Hole, Stuart Hibling and Mark Durant). Beers available as take-away in The Grape & Grain.
HEPWORTH & CO, The Beer Station, Chipman House, Nightingale Rd, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2NW, tel 01403 269696 Andy Hepworth was head brewer at King & Barnes of Horsham before it closed. Now does lots of bottling for other brewers, sometimes also producing the beer as well for them, as well as his own. Due to move in Spring 2016 to larger site. www.hepworthbrewery.co.uk
HIGH WEALD Brewery, Unit 8 Bulrushes Farm Business Park, Coombe Hill Road, East Grinstead RH19 4LZ, tel 07836 291430. Opened 2013. Andrew Somerville, brewer:twitter.com/highwealdbrewer
HOP DROP using spare capacity at Turners?
HOP YARD Brewery, The Yard, Lewes Road, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5AA, www.hopyardbrewing.co.uk tel 07769 313410 Opened 2014
HURST BREWERY Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex.
Western Road, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9FH. tel 07866 438953. www.hurstbrewery.co.uk A small (10 barrel?) brewery, opened in 2012, in a refurbished outhouse at the back of the White Horse pub in Hurstpierpoint producing a 'house' bitter, and an amber ale 'Hurst 700 Summer Ale' in summer months.
ISFIELD BREWERY, Framfield
Imperial Cottage, Station Road, Isfield TN22 5UJ. tel 01825 750633 or 07803 716758 email@example.com Small brewery set up in 2012 by Stephen Wheatley in Framfield although he lives in Isfield.
KEMPTOWN has become Hand
KILN BREWERY, Burgess Hill
4 Alexandra Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0EW, tel. 07800 556729 www.thekilnbrewery.co.uk
Craig the brewer/owner is currently producing two beers, a pale ale (Boardwalk) and a bitter (Brewlin Rouge) October 2014.
KING BEER, 3–5 Jubilee Estate, Foundry Lane, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5UE, tel 01403 272102. www.kingbeer.co.uk Bill King (ex King & Barnes) sold the brewery in 2010 to Ian Burgess (for 19 years the number two brewer at Harveys) and Nigel Lambe. They are continuing with the original recepies but slowly introducing some new beers.
KISSINGATE Brewery, Pole Barn, Church Lane Farm Estate, Church Lane, Lower Beeding, Horsham West Sussex RH13 6LU, tel. 01403 891335 or 07909 975664 www.kissingate.co.uk Set up in 2010. Brewer Gary Lucas describes his style as 'alternative' but not radical. He likes to use herbs and spices to add character and leaves 'session ales' to the larger brewers. Assisted in the business by his wife Bunny.
LAINE BREWERY, Brighton
The North Laine Public House, 27 Glouester Place, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4AA. tel 01273 683666 www.drinkinbrighton.co.uk Opened Sept 2012. From the website: "... the pub contains a state-of-the-art microbrewery from which it will brew a variety of cask ales for the pub’s customers, including the ever-popular Laine’s Best" (which is brewed by King Beer for them)
LANGHAM BREWERY, Langham Stables, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, PETWORTH GU28 9BU, tel 01798 860861. www.langhambrewery.co.uk Started brewing May 2006. James Berrow and Lesley Foulkes are the owners/brewers of the 10 barrel plant with several awards to their cedit.
LAZY LIZARD Beer Company, brewing at Goldmark Craft Beers (see above) at the moment (March 2016). Lazy Lizard
LISTERS, The Old Dairy, Ford Lane, Ford, West Sussex BN18 0DF. 01903 885950 Seem to have started in Littlehampton in 2012 but moved in 2014 to Ford: www.listersbrewery.com Also see http://the-quaffer.blogspot.co.uk
LITTLEHAMPTON – stopped brewing
LONG MAN, Church Farm, Litlington East Sussex BN26 5RA Phone: 01323 871850 www.longmanbrewery.com Award-winning Brewery based in the Cuckmere Valley with a permanent range of 6 ales available in cask and bottles.
LOST & FOUND (October 2016) They don't say where they are but here's the website: http://www.lostandfoundbrewery.com/about-lf/
NAKED, Lancing, stopped brewing
OLD TREE BREWERY, Basement of SILO Restaurant, 39 Upper Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 4AN see www.silobrighton.com
OLD PRENTONIAN BREWING COMPANY a 'nanobrewery' – of Sompting on Twitter
PELLS BREWING CO-OP based at The Elephant & Castle pub in White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ started brewing May 2015?twitter.com/pellsbrewingcoo/status/527155095688208384
(PIG & PORTER, Ashburnham, tel 01323 833955 www.pigandporter.co.uk Brewing taking place at 'host' breweries until they get their own.??)
PIN-UP Unit 3 Block 3, Chalex Industrial Estate, Manor Hall Road, Southwick, Brighton BN42 4NH. tel 01273 411127 www.pinupbeers.com/about/ -Five barrel plant but plenty of space here to expand.
ALES, Streat, East Sussex
Streat Hill Farm, Streat Hill, Streat, Hassocks, East Sussex BN6 8RP. tel/fax 01273 890570 firstname.lastname@example.org Rev. Godfrey Broster not currently brewing Nov 2015)
RIVERSIDE BREWERY Unit 6, Beeding Court Business Park, Shoreham Road, Upper Beeding, STEYNING, West Sussex BN44 3TN email@example.com. riversidebreweryltd.co.uk/
ROTHER VALLEY BREWING CO., Gate Court Farm, Station Road, Northiam, East Sussex, TN31 6QT. tel 01797 252922. Established 1993 on a hop farm near the river that is the Sussex/Kent boundary. Fifty outlets are supplied and special beers brewed to order.
THREE LEGS BREWERY, 7 Burnt House Farm, Udimore Road, Broad Oak, RYE, East Sussex TN31 6BX tel 07783 973161 Now 'up and running' (sorry!) as of Nov 2015 at Brede www.thethreelegs.co.uk
TOP NOTCH BREWING CO., Haywards Heath
tel 07963 829368; Al Maddock. Established in late 2013, and born out of a passion for home brewing, This is the smallest brewery in Sussex (1/2BBL). currently producing a selection of commercially available bottled and casked ales. www.topnotchbrewing.co.uk
TURNERS have ceased brewing at: Highfield Farm in Ringmer. tel 08456 892689 but possibly this site is now Ashdown Ales, see above.
TWO TRIBES Not sure where they are. They say... "We are Two Tribes taste alliance brewery from Sussex, please follow our blog to keep up to date with what we are up to. Our website will be coming soon and we can also be found on twitter @twotribestaste". http://twotribesbrewing.blogspot.co.uk/
UNBARRED at Bolsover Road in Hove, brewer Jordan Mower twitter.com/unbarredbrewery
WELTONS, Foundry Lane Industrial Estate, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5PX. tel 01403 242901, www.weltonsbeer.co.uk Ray Welton has his small brewery across the railway line from Hepworth's, and has an ever-changing range of beers, some brewed or badged for special occasions. Brewing around 50 different beers a year.
and finally a brewing company...
WINGTIP BREWING COMPANY wingtipbrewing.com
You might also like to look at Arun & Adur Branch's website for their comments on the Sussex Breweries, or quaffale.org.uk.
If you want a bit of Brewing History (and more) you might like to browse some ancient copies of Sussex Drinker at this URL
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