If Brighton is known for anything aside its myriad coffee shops, pebbled beach and liberalism, it’s got to be its complete and unabashed love for craft beer.
It’s because of this, and our unique minuteness, that there is no better place to host a Tap Takeover. This Apr 27-29 sees a whole weekend in celebration of craft beer, with the city’s largest pub company Laine Brew Company hosting the third annual tap festival. Brighton Tap Takeover sees 15 pubs dedicated to craft beer for the whole weekend, creating the world’s biggest craft beer pub-crawl.
Over 100 different craft beers from 18 breweries will be available on tap, with a massive variety of brews available from porters to extra pale ales as well as several gluten-free and vegan beers. Breweries from far and wide are taking part in the festival, including Leeds’ North Brew Co, Newcastle’s Wylam and London’s One Mile End, Gipsy Hill and Four Pure. Vegan brews will come courtesy of First Chop from Manchester and Berkshire’s Wild Weather.
Laine Brew Co director Jack Hibberd said: “This is our biggest tap takeover yet, with the best lineup we’ve ever had of beers. We’re really excited about bringing experimental Yeastie Boys from New Zealand and Somerset’s Wild Beer Co, which I think is one of the UK’s best and most exciting breweries at the moment.”
Leading Sussex breweries are also represented at the festival with local favourites Two Tribes, Laine Brew Co and Lost & Found taking over a pub each for the weekend. Others, including Hand Brew Co, Burning Sky and Cloak & Dagger, will showcase craft brews at the Fiddler’s Elbow. As in previous years, The North Laine Brewhouse serves again as the festival hub, where wristbands and maps will be available – as well as a brand-new range of keg beers for sampling across 36 separate taps.
The theme of this year’s festival is collaboration, meaning there are some sensational brews on offer across the city. “We’ve asked breweries taking part to bring some of their most exciting collaborative beers along with them – most of which will be pouring in Brighton for the first time – because this is when breweries really let rip.”
In fitting with the theme, The North Laine Brewhouse will collaborate with Resident – Brighton’s premier record shop – producing a mash-up of sound and brewing, with a special music-inspired beer and festival playlist. “We’re good at beer, they’re good at music – we’re bringing together our strengths,” Jack added.
In addition to the beer takeover, festivalgoers can look forward to special entertainment and events curated by the guest breweries in most of the venues. For those keen to find out more about craft beer and how it’s created, several talks from leading beer writers and educators will take place at The North Laine Brewhouse, and other participating pubs across the city.
“Brighton is the only place that really does an event like this. Others might do a beer event in a shopping centre or a specialist venue, but we bring it back to where beer taste best: in the pub.”
The Brighton Tap Takeover is a collaborative event between leading Brighton-based pub operator The Laine Pub Company and Sussex beer distributor The Beer Collective. More than 4,000 beer lovers attended last year with the number of visitors expected to grow in 2018.
Full list of festival breweries and pubs:
Wylam @ Dead Wax Social
Yeastie Boys @ The East Street Tap
North @ The Earth & Stars
First Chop @ Hope & Ruin
Wild Weather @ The Victory
Wild Beer Co @ White Rabbit
Two Tribes @ The Black Lion
Four Pure @ The Mesmerist
One Mile End @ The Mash Tun
Lost & Found @ The Western
Gipsy Hill @ The Fountain Head
Hand Brew Co, Kiln, Cloak & Dagger, Downlands And Darkstar @ The Fiddler’s Elbow
East London Brewery @ Bath Arms
Laine Brew Co @ The Tempest
Festival Hub (20-Strong Keg Wall From All Brewers) @ North Laine Brewhouse
For more information, visit www.taptakeover.co.uk