As summer draws to a close, there’s two very exciting new beer events taking place in Brighton at the end of September.
Brighton is incredibly fortunate that Paulaner, one of Germany’s oldest and most respected breweries, has invited BRIGHTON BIERHAUS to be one of just 8 official ‘Paulaner Oktoberfest’ venues in the UK, and the only one in the South East for their first ever ‘UK Oktoberfest Tour’.
In addition, Cantillon, one of Belgium’s most legendary breweries, has named the HAUS ON THE HILL as one of their 7 UK ‘Zwanze Day 2021’ sites, bringing this high profile international beer event to Brighton for the very first time.
Oktoberfest at the Brighton Bierhaus runs from Saturday 18th September to Sunday 3rd October. The Bierhaus will be serving Paulaner’s Official Oktoberfest beer along with a range of other delicious German beers on draught throughout the festival. Not only is the pub a German beer go-to for the festival, but they stock the biggest range of German draught and bottled beer in Brighton so is worth a visit any day of the week. And if you’re feeling peckish they sell award-winning frankfurters imported directly from Bavaria, in fact they use the same supplier as the German Embassy in London!
Josh Hook, Bierhaus Manager, said “its very exciting to be working with Paulaner on this event and testament to the hard work the team has put in to make the Bierhaus the best beer bar in the city for German and Belgian beers. We have over 100 German and Belgian beers in addition to beers from some of the UK best breweries”.
At the Haus on the Hill, Ali Charlesworth said “we’re honoured to be chosen to be one of only 7 sites in the UK for Zwanze Day 2021. It’s a huge event in the international beer calendar and to be hosting this in Brighton is fantastic news”. Zwanze Day is Saturday 25th September and the special Zwanze Day beer will be poured at 8pm per the Cantillon tradition. Tickets are required for the Zwanze Beer and can be bought at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zwanze-day-2021-cantillon-haus-on-the-hill-brighton-tickets-169700024341. In addition to the special Zwanze Beer, Haus on the Hill will have a range of Cantillon beers on draught from Thursday 23rd which in itself will be a unique beer event in the city.
Stephen Whitehurst from Brighton Bier, who run both the Brighton Bierhaus and Haus on the Hill, said “we’re so proud of all the hard work the teams at all our 3 sites have put in over what has been a very difficult period for the industry. The fact that they’ve been asked to host two such prestigious beer events is a reflection of that work and how they’ve been able to position the pubs among the best beer venues in the city. That legendary brewers like Paulaner and Cantillon recognise that is great news”.
BEER-LOVERS are in for a treat as a free five-day event celebrating the county’s best brews has been announced.
The Sussex Brewers Festival will bring the area’s finest breweries to Brighton in April.
A wide range of pints of both beer and cider will be waiting for parched passersby, with prices starting at £3.80.
It is being organised by brewers Brighton Bier, who own three pubs in the city.
The company’s head of operations, Stephen Whitehurst, said: “Like all good ideas it started in the pub over a beer with some fellow brewers.
“We were marvelling at the wealth of breweries in Sussex now and started trying to name them all.
“A quick Google search showed we hadn’t scratched the surface and we discovered some producers we, embarrassingly, hadn’t even heard of.
“The beer scene is hugely exciting at the moment and there’s some great beers being produced on our doorsteps.”
The festival will be held across the brewery’s three pubs which are strewn across the Kemp Town and Hanover areas of Brighton.
Bierhaus can be found in Edward Street, Haus On The Hill is in Southover Street and Freehaus is in Howard Road.
Ollie Fisher, the company’s head of pubs, said: “We have the taps, we have the space and we have the love of brewing, so we wanted to bring them all together in one big party - selfishly so we could try them all ourselves and celebrate all that Sussex has to offer.”
Wristbands for the event are now available at these venues for £5.
While the event itself is free to attend, these will give wearers a 20 per cent discount on drinks for the duration of the long weekend, between Thursday, April 9 and Monday, April 13.
In 2017, a report found that Sussex’ beer industry was flourishing, bringing a staggering £40 million to the county.
More than 60 brewers employed hundreds of staff and continue to provide a livelihood to people in the area.
Gary Sillence, head brewer at Brighton Bier, said: “Our ambition is to source and showcase a beer from every registered brewery that is located and brews commercially in East and West Sussex.
“This is an opportunity to champion the great diversity of beers, and ciders, that are being produced in Sussex, and importantly the people brewing them.
“It’s a chance to discover new breweries people may not have heard of, heritage breweries they may have forgotten about and everything in between.”
Some well-known names will be at the Sussex Brewers Festival including Harveys, Dark Star and Burning Sky.
But Mr Sillence said there would be plenty of new tipples for visitors to try, including cask ales and craft beers from the likes of Little Monster, Silver Rocket, UnBarred, Cloak and Dagger, and dozens more.
Brighton Bier will also be strongly represented.
The brewery was founded by Mr Sillence in 2012, originally brewing at the Hand in Hand pub in Kemp Town before establishing a purpose-built 15-barrel brewery in Brighton.
This now produces an eye, and mouth, watering half-a-million pints a year.
A BREWERY is telling customers that ditching the drink is no reason to shun the pub.
Beer-lovers across Brighton and Hove have resolved themselves to a month away from their favourite watering hole as they take part in Dry January.
But Brighton Bier, which runs the Bierhaus, Freehaus and Haus on the Hill pubs in the city, is reassuring fans that this does not have to be the case.
Director Ollie Fisher said: “Ever since we opened we’ve sold an extensive range of zero and low alcohol beers in bottles and cans.
“For generations pubs have been at the centre of the community, providing a vital access to sociability and solidarity.
“Our approach at the Bierhaus and our other pubs is that everyone should always feel welcome and feel it is place they can relax and enjoy regardless of what they want to drink.
“We know from family and friends that they still want the camaraderie of being in the pub when not drinking, but don’t want that to mean an evening stuck with sugary soft drinks.”
This year the pubs have expanded their range of zero and low alcohol beers for January and have also secured several of these drinks on draught.
Brighton Bierhaus general manager Conor Harrison said: “This year is the first time we’ve really been able to get good zero and low alcohol beers on draught from the likes of Thornbridge and Tiny Rebel, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to expand that offering in the Bierhaus and welcome more people to our pubs and support them while they take on Dry January.”
But there is still plenty on offer for those who are not abstaining from alcohol at the start of 2020.
The pub is also taking part in Tryanuary, a national campaign designed to support pubs in January which encourages people to try a range of new brews during the month.
Brighton Bier’s Stephen Whitehurst said: “Tryanuary is about encouraging people to support local independent beer businesses and enjoying beer as part of a continuing healthy lifestyle.
“We’re proud that we’ve put Brighton back on the brewing map with a number of international awards and distributing our beers to Europe and Asia, as well of course here at home in Brighton.
“Being so close to the centre of the city, if you haven’t been to the Brighton Bierhaus before, Tryanuary is a great reason to pop in and try our beers.”
To introduce drinkers to a wide range of beers, the brewery’s pubs will offer any three pints of their cask ales or any three of their two-thirds of a pint, called schooners, of their keg beers for £10 between 8pm and 11pm in January.
Today, the brewery is also launching a new IPA called Interstate Daydream.
It will be served from 12pm at Brighton Bierhaus in Edward Street.
The first 25 customers to buy the drink through discount app Wriggle will also be able to pay a cut-price fee of £1.
Not one to shirk a January trend, Mr Whitehurst also pointed out that a large number of the pub’s beers were vegan, perfect for people giving up plant-based products for Veganuary.
BREWERS Brighton Bier are launching a special beer to raise funds for the Save Madeira Terrace campaign.
The crowdfunding campaign, led by Brighton and Hove City Council, exceeded its target in November raising more than £464,000.
That will now be spent on restoring three of the historic Madeira Terrace arches to their former glory.
Due to public demand, a restoration fund has now been set up to allow the city to continue to raise money towards the restoration of the whole terrace.
Founder and brewer Gary Sillence says the arches are just a short walk from the existing Brighton Bier brewery.
He said: “We would love to one day be brewing Brighton Bier on Brighton beach as part of a restored and revitalised Madeira Terrace seafront area.
“We realised we could help immediately by brewing a beer specifically for the restoration campaign.”
A quarter of the profits from the sale of Brighton Bier’s new four per cent ABV pale ale Mabiera will be donated to the fund.
The beer will launch in keg and can on Friday February2 at the Brighton Bierhaus in Edward Street and be available in outlets across the city.
Council leader Warren Morgan said: “The crowdfunding campaign demonstrated an overwhelming level of public support for the restoration of Madeira Terrace but it’s essential we keep that momentum up.
“This latest idea will help to keep the ongoing campaign in the public eye and is a great example of how businesses can get involved.
“Buying Mabiera not only supports the campaign but puts money back into the local economy by supporting local businesses and local jobs so it’s a win-win all round.
“I look forward to trying a pint soon.”
A hop forward pale ale, the recipe for Mabiera includes subtle nods to the challenge of restoring and modernising the areas surrounding Madeira Terrace.
The beer pairs classic American hop variety Centennial with a newer experimental variety bred by the Hop Breeding Company and known simply as HBC431.
It is fermented with a combination of an historic flavourful English ale yeast and a modern West Coast American strain.
A CAMPAIGN to keep a much-loved pub as a “local” serving its community has received a much-needed boost from a fellow pub.
The aim is to raise at least £300,000 to keep The Greys pub in Southover Street, Hanover, Brighton, as a community asset.
But fundraising is going slowly, with less than £30,000 donated online so far.
So the Friends Of The Greys team was delighted to hear another Brighton pub will be donating a fifth of its takings towards the campaign.
Brighton Bierhaus, Brighton Bier’s brewery tap in Edward Street, will host a Day For The Greys on Wednesday.
Twenty per cent of all money taken over the bar from midday to midnight will be donated towards the crowdfunding launched to buy the freehold of the famous Hanover music venue.
Customers will also have the chance to taste a beer-based cocktail specially created to celebrate the occasion as part of the Bierhaus’s weekly Kindred Spirits night.
Brighton Bier director Stephen Whitehurst said the company felt a solidarity with the community bid, having earlier this year bought the Bierhaus, formerly The Jury’s Out, from EiGroup, the giant pub landlord firm that has now put The Greys up for sale.
He said: “We strongly believe Brighton needs more independent freehouse pubs that can give people choice and quality when it comes to beer.
“It’s what we’ve tried to do at the Bierhaus and we’re sure that in the community’s hands The Greys can do a similar job.”
Bierhaus serves draught beers from other brewers alongside its own brews.
A spokesman for Friends Of The Greys, Keith Farmer, said he was delighted to win support for the campaign from a pub that’s only a five-minute walk away.
He said: “I’m one of those who has appreciated what the Bierhaus has brought to this part of Brighton and it’s fantastic that it’s now backing us in such a practical and fun way.
“Next Wednesday is sure to be a good day and we hope people will drop by the Bierhaus and help us raise the money we need to buy the Greys – simply by drinking beer.”
To support The Greys campaign, become a shareholder, or to learn more about the scheme to put the pub in community ownership, readers can visit the group’s crowdfunder page at: crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-greys
THE MAGPIES, Terries and Seagulls will be at each other’s throats for most of the season as they battle it out for Premier League survival.
But Brighton and Hove, Huddersfield and Newcastle have come together in the shape of their brewers to create the taste of promotion success.
Brighton Bier has teamed up with Yorkshire-based Magic Rock and Geordie beermaker Wylam to celebrate the three teams joining the Premier League party this year.
The clubs had mixed fortunes in the return to the big time last weekend.
Huddersfield thrashed Crystal Palace in their first top-flight game in 44 years but Newcastle lost at home to Spurs as they returned to the Premier League after a year away.
Albion bravely went down 2-0 against title favourites Manchester City at the Amex in their first top-flight game in 34 years.
Beer lovers from Brighton Bier and Magic Rock travelled to Newcastle this summer to brew at Wylam brewery, creating the “elevated pale ale” RIZE UP!
The first pour of the new beer took place in Brighton Bierhaus, at the corner of Edward Street and George Street, yesterday.
The venue, which opened up in the refurbished grade II listed Jury’s Out in April, is the first pub in the city to stock the beer with customers able to sup the collaborative beer on draught or from a can.
The Bierhaus has been getting into the spirit of the new football season by offering members and season ticket holders of Albion and Whitehawk FC a ten per cent discount on all Brighton Biers on home match-days between noon and kick-off.
Brighton Bier has been picking up silverware of its own in recent weeks after winning four prestigious international awards this summer including a gold medal for Old Skool, the Best Black IPA in the UK for Lucky Boy and two bronze medals at the International Beer Awards.
It is the third year in a row that the company, which has a brewery on the Bell Tower Industrial Estate in Roedean Road, has won international awards for their beers.
Brighton Bier co-director Stephen Whitehurst said: “With Premier League football upon us once more excitement is palpable for the new season in Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle.
“So what could be better to mark their ascendancy than the leading breweries in the three cities getting together and collaborating on a new special edition beer.”
A BRIGHTON brewer is set to open a new home for their beer and save a historic pub facing closure.
Brighton Bier has unveiled plans to save grade-II listed The Jury's Out in Brighton by taking it on as their second pub in the city.
The international award-winning beer maker hope to reopen the currently boarded up 200-year-old boozer in Edward Street as The Brighton Bierhaus within a matter of weeks.
Brighton Bier director Ollie Fisher said the company did not want to standby and watch another historic pub in the city close.
The move will also see the company return to its roots having started out in the Hand in Hand brewpub in Upper St James's Street half a mile from their new home in 2012.
Brighton Bier, who now operate from a brewery in Roedean Road, previously ran The Brighton Bier Dispensary in Dean Street having taken over the former Prince Albert pub in April 2014.
The pub is the only listed building in Edward Street and is only a little over a mile from the Brighton Bier brewery.
The Jury's Out began life as a regency house but its ground floor was converted to a pub around 1830 and named the Thurlow Arms after former Lord Chancellor Baron Thurlow.
Brighton Bier bosses said Edward Street once boasted an incredible 27 pubs on the street but that was at risk of reducing to just one before they stepped in to save The Jury's Out.
It is hoped that a renovation of the building will save historic and architectural points of interest lost or hidden over the years.
Mr Fisher said: “We could not see another pub of such importance close in Brighton and wanted to step in, we just couldn’t see a building with such potential go to waste and a pub with nearly 200-years of heritage be lost."
Fellow director Stephen Whitehurst said: “We’ve always thought this east central part of the city has a huge amount to offer; the amount of investment and regeneration taking place in the area shows that others think the same.
"We are very pleased to have been able to save the pub for the local community.
"After years of neglect and underinvestment in the fabric of the building we’re having to undertake some necessary renovation to the pub guided by our wonderful partners in the project Copsemill Properties."
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