The greatest moments in our lives (so far) have included beer. From creating a load of cracking London and Brighton pubs, to the lubrication that inspired us to move back home to the countryside, get in our overalls and build a shiny new brewery. We started our pub lives in busy working men's clubs and cosy locals, and whatever we do, our mind is always on the power of the pint and the pub to bring people together.
The big smoke can be very transient, both for people and trends, and whilst we really enjoyed making hubs for the community in London (changing empty bars and old bookies into busy boozers) we love the established longevity of rural pubs and businesses. After building our original brewery in three years from nothing to max output of 100 casks a week with no room to swing a cat, it makes us very happy to now be down on our mate Ant's farm. We're settling into a luxuriously big barn with heaps of potential not only to brew more beer, but to become fully sustainable and experiment with growing our own ingredients. Big plans afoot.
Of course we're not reinventing the wheel making beer just because we fall into this category of craft. The crazy new flavours and fancy drinking holes are great, but there are the timeless elements of it that we love too. In that vein we want to build something lasting and believe the current trend towards small independent crafters of any product can be one that really sticks, and could change things for the better.
See a lovely article written on us recently by Daniel Etherington here
The early months of this year saw us puzzling together tanks, cold rooms and test brews. Now we're off; starting with four cracking ales for cask. Cask ale is amazing, and only at it's best when it's fresh. So you won't see much of it too far away from the brewery. The beer for further afield will be bottle and Keg beer...
We're not brewery hermits either, we like to share, so look out for news on things we love to do- live brews, open days, parties and collaborations.
Bethany is Sussex girl allll the way through, her family farmers here for generations, so the name was a no brainer for us. Even given the proximity of the big smoke, Sussex has lovely secret parts and it’s own fierce independence…the people of this county are traditional yet rebellious and always up for a celebration. Substitute the Sussex element above for "our approach on beer and pubs" and that pretty much nails what we're about.