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."