Brighton’s Tap-Takeover Beer Festival Returns… Finally!

The UK’s biggest and best-loved city-wide beer festival, Tap Takeover, will return to Brighton this month, following a two year hiatus. Taking place in 20 pubs all across the city from 22nd – 24th October, the festival will feature over 130 craft beers from 22 different breweries, as well as a host of DJs, special live music performances, delicious tasting sessions and ‘Meet the Brewer’ talks. For the very first time, this year’s event will also feature a huge 300 capacity beer tent in the centre of the city; a must-see for craft beer enthusiasts.

Hope & Ruin during Tap Takeover

Tap Takeover is hosted by Laine Brew Co, creators of some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting craft beers, and operators of 60 pubs across Brighton, London and Birmingham. Weekend tickets for the festival cost £20 and include entry, four free half pints of craft beer and discounts on all beers on offer in participating pubs. For tickets and more info, visit

Laine launched Tap Takeover in 2016, with the first edition of the festival taking place in 10 pubs across Brighton. By 2018, 15 pubs were involved and the event attracted 2000 guests. Now, following a two year hiatus, the festival is returning for its largest edition yet, bringing together some of the biggest names in craft beer for a very special weekend. As well as featuring all of Laine’s brews on tap, the event will be serving beers from 22 of the UK’s best independent breweries, including Verdant, North, Five Points, Tiny Rebel, and the festival’s headline partner, Brixton Brewery.


Participating pubs include: The Black Lion, The Earth & Stars, The Fiddler’s, The Actors, The Mesmerist, North Laine Brewhouse, The White Rabbit, East St Tap, The Western, The Victory, The World’s End, The Fountain Head, The Tempest, The Mash Tun, The Pull & Pump, Dead Wax Social, The Bath Arms, The Hope & Ruin, The New Unity and The Fortune of War.

Dead Wax Social during Tap Takeover

Born out of the creativity and the inspirational beer scene of Brighton, Laine Brew Co beers are an art form in themselves – each one a playful composition of flavour, inventiveness and good times. They’re unfiltered, unpasteurised, uncompromising – and unique.

Laine opened its first brewery, Brighton’s North Laine Brewhouse, in 2014, and began selling experimental beers into pubs throughout the city the following year. The brewer’s innovative core range consists of five craft beers: Source, a citrus session pale ale and the brewer’s first ever beer; Rippa!, a session IPA with flavours of grapefruit, lemon and pine; Word, a crisp and refreshing lager; Fader, a juicy IPA with tropical notes; and Mangolicious, an experimental pale ale.

Gavin George, CEO of Laine, comments:

“This event takes the large beer festival out of the exhibition halls and puts it into the place where beer tastes best – the pub.  We’re so pleased to have so many great breweries joining us this year from all over the UK, and each will be curating their own particular brand of pub experience in one of Brighton’s unique pubs. With the addition of the beer tent this year, the event is more ambitious than ever, and so we’re pleased to have the marvellous Brixton Brewery joining us on this exciting ride.”

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