Craft beer and cider lovers offered seasonal refreshment in Hanover

If you’re looking for an alternative way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this weekend, check out Brighton Bier’s HOTH FEST.

Launching at their recently opened Haus on the Hill (HOTH) formerly the Southover pub in Hanover, the festival will run from 14-17 March.

Stephen Whitehurst, Co-Director of Brighton Bier brewery said: “This is the inaugural HOTH FEST but we hope to host one every three months to showcase different beers for different seasons.

“Summer we’ll offer pale ales and utilise the outside space for BBQs. Christmas we’ll probably have a darker beer influence for the winter months.

“This month we’ll have an export stout with raspberry – I’m looking forward to trying that.”

The ‘beer festival with altitude’ will make full use of their pub rooms on the hill at the top of Southover Street in Hanover.

“Hopefully it will make the walk uphill worthwhile and certainly make the walk downhill much easier” Stephen said.


Over 40 beers and ciders will be on offer on cask and keg with imported brands from Belgium and Scandinavia.

Ones to watch for: Cloudwater, Deya, Magic Rock, Buxton and Thornbridge alongside local breweries such as Burning Sky, Cloak and Dagger, and Downlands.  

The event will be ticketless, Katy Gibbons, the pub’s assistant manager said: “We want to make the festival as accessible as possible. It’s free entry all weekend and all people need to do is buy beer tokens at the bar.”

Brighton Bier, who run the award-winning taproom on Edward Street in Kemptown, are set to open a third pub in Hanover on 22 March.

FREE HAUS will open on Howard Street on the site of the old Reservoir pub and will have a strong kitchen focus, with Papa Pitta creating a Cypriot influenced menu.

Manager Jim Paine said: “It’s been a wonderful first few months since we opened the pub, we’ve met so many lovely people in the local neighbourhood and we look forward to welcoming everyone over the weekend.  

“The Hanover Beer Festival in October is one of our favourite events of the year and a real standout in the local beer calendar.

“We can’t compare to that, but we hope HOTH FEST will be just as popular with beer and cider lovers”.

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