best breweries in sussex

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the best breweries in the county – chosen by BN1

North Laine Brewhouse

27 Gloucester Place, Brighton / /

The North Laine Brewhouse is the the beating Brighton heart of Laine Brew Co. Nestled in the heart of Brighton’s creative North Laine area, it brews a vast selection of different beers in both keg and cask with an emphasis on flavour, experimentation and good times. It offers 28 different beers on tap at any one time, at least 8 of which will be brewed in-house on the 5BBL brewery. For those who want to get more involved, it operates beer masterclasses on-site and even offers brewery experience days for those who like to get their hands dirty (from £10). North Laine Brewhouse acts as the experimental hub for Laine Brew Co’s larger brewery in the South Downs, where it brews beers that are firm favourites across the city, such as Source Pale Ale and Ripper IPA. Let the good times roll.


Holler Brewery & Taproom

19-23 Elder Place, Brighton, BN1 4GF /

Fast forward two years from its inception and Holler Brewery is the newest kid on the block in Brighton, more than doubling production capacity and bringing more than a brewery! The move also sees the building of a tap room, creating a space where the people of Brighton and Hove (and further afield) can come down and try the beers in a fun, welcoming atmosphere with knowledgeable staff and brewers on hand. Holler Brewery & Taproom is the only one of its kind in central Brighton, having developed an exciting warehouse property, right in the middle of the London Road area.

Loud Shirt Brewing Co.

Unit 5, Bell Tower Estate, Roedean Road, Brighton /

Mike Thomson and Martyn Batchelor have had this idea of brewing their own beer for a while. The men who pride themselves in the loud shirts they wear feel like this symbolises the essence and tastes of the beer they craft. Martyn, the alechemist, and beer cellar Mike started brewing in a garden shed, and now have a ten-barrel brewery in Brighton, with the capability of holding 6,000 pints per week. The brewery hosts regular events which will include live music every Saturday from early 2019.

Home to the silver medal Ecstasy Stout at the SIBA London and South East Beer Awards 2018, this beer, plus many more will explore tastebuds you didn’t even know existed with one sip. Their entire catalogue is on their website, alongside recommended foods that compliment the beer’s specific taste and feel. Loud Shirt Brewery also offer a free delivery service when you purchase from them, delivering within a 30-mile radius – almost covering the entire area of Sussex.

Bedlam Brewery

Albourne Farm Shaves Wood Lane, Albourne, Hassocks BN6 9DX

Based on a farm near Brighton, Bedlam Brewery are very environmentally friendly with a solar powered brewing process and the harvesting of their own hops. They aim to brew the best beer possible with the finest natural ingredients. All their beers are brewed using whole cone hops and the best barley malt they can find. In the case of their Harvest Ale “Pilgrim” they only use hops grown by us on the farm. Their range of beers include Bedlam Pilsner with traditional German hops Saaz and Tattnager , Bedlam Golden Ale with American Summit and Cluster Hops, and new brew Killington Peak with imported Vermont yeast. They currently offer four different casks beers on draft or by the bottle. Last year they brewed their first lager a 4.2% German pilsner. They do run a tour of the brewery, however due to the tour schedule they are currently on hold.

Langham Brewery

The Granary, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, GU28 9BU

Langham Brewery are an award-winning independent West Sussex brewery producing cask-conditioned real ale. Based in an 18th century granary barn in the picturesque village of Lodsworth on the Cowdray estate. Their signature beers include: Hip Hop a classic blonde beer with a crisp finish, Halfway to Heaven a citrus and fruity beer with a hop character and Sundowner a deep, golden beer with tropical fruit, pineapple and citrus. They are running a free conkers competition on the 14th October for adults and children.  Langham brewery run tours that are available from Monday to Saturday by appointment.  Tours start at around 6.30 pm weekdays and between 11am and 6 pm on a Saturday. A typical tour will last 1 ½-2 hours, with beer samples on the way around.

Harvey’s Brewery

The Bridge Wharf Brewery, 4 Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2AH

Harvey’s is known for its large and high-quality range of traditional cask ales. They have been based in Lewes for more than 200 years.  Their beers are unpasteurised and are brewed with the finest local raw materials. They combine that with ‘local’ conditions in a traditional brewhouse. Their beers contain local hops from Sussex and Surrey such as Fuggles and Goldings. They also offer a range of wines and unusual spirits. Amongst Harveys selection includes Sussex Best Bitter their most famous beer, a balanced bitter with prominent hop character. Their hops are a blend of four different local varieties, to give a distinctive hoppy finish. Tours are conducted by their brewers outside normal working hours and are between two to three hours duration. Their brewery tour gives an insight to the heritage of brewing at Harvey’s with an informal sampling session.

Darkstar Breweries

The Dark Star Brewing Co. Ltd, Star Road, Partridge Green, West Sussex RH13 8RA

Located south west of Horsham, Darkstar Breweries started off in the cellar of the Star Pub in Brighton. From humble beginnings, they are now based in Patridge Green and have a 45-barrel brewhouse. With an onus on hoppy beers, they offer a range of beers from Green Hopped IPA, a fully flavoured IPA made with Green Hops; Imperial Stout  brewed with roasted hops and target hops and a grapefruit infused summer ale called Sunburst. They have a range of pubs across Sussex including The Lockheart Tavern in Haywards Heath, The Anchor Tap in Horsham and The Partridge in Partridge Green. They run tours of their brewery most Saturdays at 12 o’clock, they last 90 minutes and cost £10.  They have a foundation that raises money through merchandise, sales and people attending brewery tours that go towards charity.

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