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Breweries in Sussex
In the fast-moving world of small breweries it is difficult to keep this page bang up-to-date but as we have a county-wide set-up to report on the 40+ 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 download the relevant pages here (Winter 2013-14 Sussex Drinker here as a PDF). (Spring one coming soon) Below is just a list with brief comments and links to websites where possible.
The ones in LARGER type 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. 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, they will be supplying pubs and retail from September 2013 and direct to consumers later this year. 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.
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, Sold in Jan 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.
ANCHOR SPRINGS, Unit J, OYO Business Units, Lineside Industrial Estate, Littlehampton BN17 7GA, tel 01903 715111. Kevin & Debbie Jenkins run The Crown at Littlehampton and set this up (allegedly 2009) to brew their own beer. Find this beer at The Spy Glass Inn on Worthing seafront (opposite the pier) and The Crown, Littlehampton (tel 01903 734879) www.thecrownlittlehampton.co.uk.
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 later its head brewer, but continues its range of core brands and seasonal beers.
[BALDY Brewery, moved to Parham House Estate, Pulborough, West Sussex Brewer is Keith Donoghue but brewing suspended at the moment (March 2014) Tel. 07718 641195.www.thebaldybrewery.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.
BASELINE, Small Dole, West Sussex
Unit 11B Golding Barn Industrial Estate, Henfield Road, Small Dole, West Sussex BN5 9XH tel 01903 879111. www.baselinebrewing.co.uk Opened May 2012, five-barrel brewery. No isinglass used so the beers are vegetarian.
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 - mainly for bottled beers to be sold locally. Brewery Tap is the nearby Tiger Inn... local beer festivals and several pubs are now being supplied with cask ales.
BEDLAM, Albourne, West Sussex
Albourne Farm, Shaveswood Lane, Albourne, HASSOCKS, West Sussex BN6 9DX. www.bedlambrewery.co.uk Setting up at Albourne Farm.
BLACK CAT Brewery, Groombridge 07948 387718. www.blackcat-brewery.com New-ish brewery set up by part-time brewer 'Marcus' and producing Original and Hopsmack.
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. Beers often at The Snowdrop in Lewes.
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. Three tied houses: Evening Star in Brighton, Duke of Wellington in Shoreham-by-Sea and The Partridge in Partridge Green.
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.
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'.
[FULL MOON Brewery Ltd, Sharpes Farm, Henley Down, Catsfield, Battle, East Sussex TN33 9NN tel 07832 220745 Appears to have stopped brewing (March 2014). www.fullmoonbrewery.co.uk]
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, another new one (Dec 2013) at Ditchling
The Forge, Ditchling Common, Ditchling, HASSOCKS, BN6 8SG, tel 01444 257053 –https://www.facebook.com/GoldstoneBrewery/timeline?filter=3
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.
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.
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 Car'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 205437. www.hastingsbrewery.co.uk A 5.25 barrel brewery is being set up after their move to larger premises.
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. 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
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 at The Hand in Hand pub, Kemptown, Brighton, see Brighton Bier Company above.
W. J. KING & CO, 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.
KITCHEN GARDEN BREWERY, Old Walled Garden, Sheffield Park, East Sussex TN22 3QX. www.kitchengardenbrewery.co.uk A one-barrel plant producing only bottled ales. Situated in a Victorian walled kitchen garden at Sheffield Park. Currently producing six regular ales and occasional seasonal brews. The beers are available on site and at several outlets in Sussex including Middle Farm at Firle. Set up in 2010.
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 W J King for them)
LANGHAM BREWERY, Langham Stables, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, PETWORTH GU28 9BU, tel 01798 860861. www.langhambrewery.co.uk Started brewing May 2006. Steve Mansley and James Berrow are the owners/brewers of the 10 barrel plant previously used at Wickwar Brewery.
LISTERS, at The Little Coffee House & Bistro, 44 High Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LD First brew December 2012. Brewing mainly for bottling and for sale on the premises. See http://the-quaffer.blogspot.co.uk
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.
NAKED, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 8TA Phone: 01903 791230 https://www.facebook.com/Therealnbc?ref=stream&filter=1 Another new one (Dec 2013) in what looks like an industrial unit on Lancing Business Park, not too far from where Brewery-on-Sea /Spinnaker Ales used to be.
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 4NHwww.pinupbeers.com/about/ - Moved to Southwick in April 2014 from Crowborough. 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 Founded 1995 by Rev. Godfrey Broster, the Rector of Plumpton, to generate funds for the maintenance of three parish churches. Most of the brewing now being done on Harveys micro brewery in Lewes. He always did use their yeast.
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.
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; Royal Fanfare 4.6% and Hop Festival 3.9% - as sold at the 2014th CAMRA Sussex Beer Festival. www.topnotchbrewing.co.uk
TURNERS Brewery at Highfield Farm (owned by Turners) in Ringmer. tel 08456 892689 Started 2011/2012. Brewer is Kes Travers. www.turnersbrewery.com
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.Round 3 table of grants available October 2013_updated021013
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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