Brewing great beer and caring for the environment is at the heart of everything Bedlam Brewery do (and they have fun doing it). Located in stunning countryside at the foot of the South Downs National Park, their surroundings have proved one of the main inspirations for a range of six handcrafted beers. Available in keg, cask and bottle, these are made with the best possible ingredients and an environmentally friendly process. Using hops from their own fields, the brewery is solar-powered and all spent grain is donated to
local farmers to feed their cattle. Bedlam also use British-made glass for their fabulous looking bottles, which are manufactured by Beatson Clark and decorated by Yorkshire Bottle Solutions.
Growing Sussex and Pilgrim hops on-site allows Bedlam to have full control over their treatment. These are organically grown, so no pesticides, no herbicides and no artificial fertilisers are used, and when they reach perfection, each cone is handpicked for seasonal brews. In addition to a Pilsner which was launched last summer, Bedlam produces four cask-conditioned beers. A perfectly balanced four-hopped IPA, a bold and refreshing Golden Ale, a sessionable amber ale – aptly named Benchmark – and a robust and complex Porter. They’ve also launched a new kegged Pale Ale earlier this year. Each of these are available at most of the best pubs throughout Sussex, Kent and London. The Bedlam tap-house (The Bull in Ditchling) was also awarded the Great British Pub of the Year 2016.
Based on a farm in Albourne, Bedlam feel strongly about sustainability. Key to the brewery’s ethos is an appreciation and respect for the local environment and their broader environmental responsibilities. This skilled brewing team is led by Fabio Israel, whose creativity, drive and passion are second to none, having mastered his craft with some of the most respected master brewers in the world. Now the brewery is opens for tours, allowing visitors to learn from this enthusiastic and excellent team as well as taste the beer!
With a logo coming from wanderer’s secret sign for ‘Man With Gun Lives Here’ and inspired by the brave, daring ideals of the self- suficient, Gun Brewery’s ethos is totally home-grown. This eco- friendly microbrewery began with a fresh supply of spring water on their organic farm and produced its first beer in January 2015. It now produces seven beers, available in cask, keg, can and bottle, displaying a bias towards hoppy pale ales. From the Scaramanga – 3.9% Extra Pale to the DIPA – 7.4% Double IPA, there’s defnitely a brew to suit everyone’s tastes, and each made with love, care and consideration of the surroundings.
Most of their power is generated by a 15kw solar array, heating comes from a wood powered boiler and the spent grains keep local livestock fed. While the spring water is micro filtered and UV treated to retain purity without chemicals. Their ever-evolving small batches are just a small reflection of a love of brewing and can-do attitude.
What started off as a shared love of beer, saw two craft-brewing enthusiasts quit their day jobs and put
their passion to the test. Based in the centre of their beloved Brighton, their signature beer is Beast Street IPA, but they’re well on their way to developing Little Beast, which is at 3.5%.
The thing Bison does best is Growlers; 1.9 litre amber glass containers which carry the brew of your choice. These are certainly a great gift idea. Starting with a small shop selling craft ale, their recent crowdfunding campaign has seen the birth of The Bison Arms, a new pub built by Brighton for Brighton, in the heart of The Lanes. Located at 80 East Street, this old, archaic pub building will be a haven of all things beer thanks to the support of the community and Caroline Lucas MP.