Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The North Laine Brewhouse launches #BrewedInBrighton

The North Laine Brewhouse, spiritual home of Brighton brewing and a thriving home-grown beer culture, is proud to announce the launch of #BrewedInBrighton. #BrewedInBrighton is a programme of events, promotions and happenings aimed at sharing their love and knowledge of both craft brewing and Brighton itself. It will run from August 2015 well into 2016 celebrating all aspects of Brighton life and have an integral social media campaign and competitions with a host of prizes.

#BrewedInBrighton starts in August with a series of Meet the Brewer evenings, beginning on the 14th of September, where beer aficionados, home brewers and anyone who wants to know how good beer is made can come along to hear about the process, tour the North Laine Brewhouse microbrewery and sample the wares while receiving a masterclass in brewing from the North Laine’s head brewers.

In September The North Laine will host the #BrewedInBrighton Oktoberfest. With a range of specially brewed North Laine beers alongside old favourites and specially commissioned brews from a host of other local brewers, the weekend of the 25th and 26th of September will be a celebration of all that is good in Brighton brewing with a German beer hall twist: foaming steins, fancy dress, oompah music and more.

November will see the #BrewedInBrighton Pop Up Record Shop starting on the 7th of November, bringing the finest in vintage and contemporary vinyl to The North Laine and a chance to try new seasonal beers from their Brewmasters.

In January The North Laine is extremely excited to announce the #BrewedInBrighton Music Weekender, three days of live music from established artists, up-and-comers and all flavours of Brighton sound curated by local record labels. Special offers, special brews and competitions will make this one not to miss.

With plenty more events to announce and a whole load more besides, #BrewedInBrighton will showcase and celebrate all that’s great about

About The North Laine Brewhouse:

The North Laine Brewhouse is a pub and microbrewery in the heart of Brighton’s North Laines. It serves a wide array of quality beers brewed on site, other local brews and craft beers from around the world. Since opening it has become a hub not just for beer lovers but those seeking out its quality home-cooked food, regular quiz nights, live music and lively atmosphere. The North Laine is on Facebook: Twitter @NorthLainePub and its website is

About Laine’s:

Since opening its first pub – Brighton’s influential Mash Tun in 1996 – The Laine Pub Company has expanded to 47 creative, individual pubs, 39 of which are in Brighton, making it the dominant operator in the city.

For press enquiries and further information on The North Laine Brewhouse please contact Mark Teale at Me:Mo Interactive; Tel: +44 (0) 20 3651 5000

Friday, 11 September 2015

2015 Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend, 17th-18th October

Following the great success of the inaugural 2014 event, the IW branch of CAMRA and the IW Bus Museum are joining forces again to present the 2015 Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015.

Since the 2014 event, the IW Bus Museum has moved premises to the old Southern Vectis bus depot in Park Road, Ryde. However, whilst the new building has a superb new display hall, side displays, and its own café and toilets, external space is at a premium. This means the event operations will be split between the museum at Ryde and the car park on Newport Quay, with a shuttle service running regularly between the two locations.

In addition to the shuttle service linking Ryde and Newport, a revised network of seven Beer and Buses routes has been prepared and IW CAMRA representatives have been busy signing up pubs for this year’s event. New for 2015 is an enhanced service to the West Wight area, with pubs in Yarmouth, Shalfleet and Calbourne added to the map, and we have also managed to add a route serving pubs in Sandown and Shanklin Esplanade, too.

Information updates for the event can be found either on our website,, or on Facebook by typing “Isle of Wight Beer and Buses Weekend 2015”. Programmes including timetables will be sold via the website from August onwards.

Please come along and support the event!

Back Story

In 2013 Paul and Sheila Sheldon moved from Sheffield to the Isle of Wight and joined the local branch of CAMRA. They invited branch membership secretary, Tim Marshall to visit them to show him Paul's collection of pub memorabilia. Tim was intrigued by a photo of a vintage bus. Paul explained that periodically the bus would travel round Sheffield stopping off at a selected group of pubs, each of which would put on something special. Coincidentally, only two weeks previously his friend (and fellow bass guitarist) Ben had shown him a photograph of a vintage bus that he had just bought. Tim phoned Ben and suggested that they stage something similar on the Isle of Wight. Ben contacted some fellow bus enthusiasts and the idea grew and grew. What started as an idea for one bus and a handful of pubs ended up with over 50 buses and 30 pubs. Over 2,000 passengers took part; this year we expect even more.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Kings Head, Billingshurst

It was thanks to a tip-off from Gary Lucas of Kissingate Brewery that I found myself alighting from Billingshurst station on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon. It was my first visit to this large, lower Wealden village since it was the focus of The Quaffer, No. 16, December 2007, but (some) things have changed since then.

It took me ten minutes to reach my destination, the Kings Head, at the top of the High Street, a 17th century coaching inn, marked by its overhanging ornate ironwork sign. The interior layout looked much the same to how I dimly remembered it from several years earlier, except that all was now spick and span and an enticing bank of eight hand pumps was mounted on the bar. I asked for half a Hop Back World Hop Medley. This 4.2% golden ale collaboration with Greene King was at perfect temperature and exactly what was needed on this hot July day.

Having asked for whereabouts of the landlord - for I had emailed him in advance to say that I was dropping by - I was told that he was mending a fence in the back garden and that it would be difficult to miss him. Quite so. Genial Irishman Colin Ganley is a larger than life figure, 6 foot 3 inch tall, well-built and in his late-40s. Originally hailing from County Meath, he has been a licensee for thirty years, having previously run pubs in Brixton and Herne Hill. His parents own Ganley's Irish Bar in Morden. Colin is marred to Oonagh and they have been at the Kings Head for a year, having purchased the freehold from previous owners Enterprise Inns.

Colin has put in planning permission to convert the interior into two bars to include a steakhouse restaurant, function room and tea room conservatory, also to install a new kitchen and to have sixteen en suite letting rooms. As Colin oversees strategic operations, his managers Stuart and Kirsty look after the bar and the beers. Hogs Back TEA is a permanent; Kissingate beers always feature, as do the more interesting offerings from Greene King. Other breweries that may appear include Dark Star, Firebird, Top Notch and Triple fff.

There is also a real cider, which on my visit was Black Pig (6.0%). If Belgian bottled beers are your tipple then some delightfully strong examples can be found in the fridge. After chatting to Colin, I finish my visit with a Greene King Magna Carta, a 5.0% amber ale infused with Juniper, and a Hogs Back Hopping IPA, which at 5.4% turns out - surprisingly - to be ruby and vinous. Both beers are beautifully kept.

The Kings Head, 40 High Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9NY, 01403 782012

Monday, 24 August 2015

Live@Langhams coming up on Saturday 29th August!

Mini beer fest with 13 Langham Ales available plus a couple of surprises! Local cider and other liquid lubrication. Excellent local BBQ from Richline Farm Shop at Cocking…eat the steak burger, plus yummy lamb roast, jumbo sausages, veggie option and homemade cakes with tea and coffee!

Music and comedy and dancing! Incredible line up including some top UK acts: Fred's House, Cardboard Caravan, Jonas and Jane, Mantic Muddlers, Ed Goodale and Lucy Budge, Brighton Funny Woman from the Komedia! Plus the marvellous Martlet Morris dancers, interactive Morris Dancing :) Plus loads more acts to be announced.

Start 1 pm. Finish 11.00 pm Camping will be available. Free entry. Child and dog friendly. Contributions to be given to Snowdrop Trust (home care for terminally ill in Sussex) and one other local charity to be decided on FB

  • at 13:00–23:00
    5 days from now
  • The Granary, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, West Sussex, GU28 9BU 
Plans underway for our next Live@Langhams this summer! Our usual relaxed style; a full day of festival fun, full of frolics and fine food, here at the brewery!! 

Music management is in the capable hands of Midhurst's Heard and Seen, arranging great music with a diverse programme showcasing local musical talent, Morris Dancing and comedy!

Line-Up includes.....

Cardboard Carousel
Ed Goodale - Singer/Songwriter
Fonsleberry and the Wolseys
Fred's House
Joe Dunsford
Jonas and Jane

Lucy Budge - Comedian
Martlet Sword & Morris Men - MORRIS DANCING
The Mantic Muddlers
Tom Baird Music 


Friday, 21 August 2015

The Great Jenny Lind Beer Run

Inspired by the Beaujolais Runs of the 1980s, Linda Challis & KC decided it would be great to offer their customers at the Jenny Lind, Hastings Old Town, a selection of 2015 Champion Beer of Britain Category Winning Beers over this August Bank Holiday weekend. Having attended the Great British Beer Festival on 11th August, when the winning beers were announced, they immediately sampled each beer (for audit purposes, of course) before returning home. They then made contact with each winning brewery to organise collection of three firkins of each beer (if available) the following week.

The following few days were spent calculating the most economic way to travel around the UK visiting each brewery, commencing 17th August. Their journey took them to:

East Markham, Nottinghamshire, Gold Award Bitter Category, Pheasantry Best Bitter;

Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, Gold Award Golden Ale Category and overall Silver Supreme Champion, Kelburn Jaguar;

Partridge Green, West Sussex, Gold Award Strong Bitter Category, Dark Star Revelation;

Burslem, Staffordshire, Gold Award Speciality Beer Category, Titanic Plum Porter;

Lower Beeding, West Sussex, Silver Award Speciality Beer Category, Kissingate Black Cherry Mild;

Keighley, West Yorkshire, Joint Bronze Award Bitter Category, Timothy Taylor Boltmaker;

Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, Joint Bronze Award Bitter Category, Purple Moose Madog’s Ale;

Unfortunately two well deserved winners, Cwtch from Tiny Rebel of Newport, Gwent (Gold Award Best Bitter Category and overall Supreme Champion) and Black by Williams Bros of Kelliebank, Alloa, Scotland (Gold Award Mild Category) were out of stock, but it is hoped bring you these later in the year if possible. Follow the pub’s Facebook page for updates:

But they did add the Sussex Microbrewery Winner of the 2014 CAMRA Eastbourne Beer Festival: Long Man Brewery Long Blonde, from Litlington, East Sussex, always featured at the Jenny Lind.

The beers were returned to the Jenny Lind for storage in the new purposely-built cold room to prepare them for sale commencing the evening of Friday 28th August, the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, when the pub will be promoting this showcase of eight beers from eight great breweries with a great, live musical act every day of the four-day event.

The cost of the sponsorship of this event will be borne by Keith & Linda Challis and will no-way be reflected in the normal retail pricing policy of The Jenny Lind operated by The KC Pub Co Ltd. For more information on the Jenny Lind, please visit

Friday, 14 August 2015

Save the Rose Hill Tavern, Brighton

The Rose Hill Tavern Action Group has less than two months to save the Rose Hill Tavern, Brighton. Their campaign has already won recognition of the Tavern as an Asset of Community Value, but ACV status only provides protection from development for a year before another planning application can be made. The pub was purchased from Enterprise Inns by Evenden Estates who put it back onto the market after their proposal to turn it into flats was rejected by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The only way to guarantee that the pub will not once again be bought by property developers is for the locals to buy it themselves. But they have only until Friday 2 October to raise the money to make a purchase and secure it as a community facility. Can you help?

Please visit the web site From there you can do any of the following:

• Pledge to buy shares: these will be launched in August but you can pledge now on Crowdfunder.

• Share your professional skills: people are urgently needed with finance, legal or property expertise.

• Donate to the fighting fund: money needs to be raised right away for a structural survey.

• Show the level of community support: add a goodwill message to the Supporters Wall.

• Say what you want from the Rose Hill Tavern as a community asset: it can be whatever we decide it to be!

The Rose Hill Tavern is one of the few remaining traditional neighbourhood pubs left in the rapidly changing London Road area. There has been a pub on the site since the 1870s. The present building, with its distinctive green tiled exterior and leaded stained glass windows, dates from a 1934 improvement by architect Stavers Hessell Tiltman for the now-defunct Portsmouth and Brighton United Breweries. There have been changes to the interior since then: most notably the removal of the Bottle & Jug in 1950 and the later bringing into use of a large room at the rear-left. Nonetheless, at the time of its closure, the pub retained a two-bar layout and was a potential candidate for the CAMRA South East Regional Inventory of Heritage Pubs.

The Rose Hill Tavern has always welcomed everyone in the community, young and old. The action group want to see the space put to good use and are asking local people what they would like from their community pub. Suggestions so far include a microbrewery, space for business meetings, training for people learning the pub and catering trades, and a venue for pop-ups. Please send through your ideas and suggestions.



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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Champion Beer of Britain 2015 Results

Three Sussex breweries win category awards at this year's Champion Beer of Britain Competition

Champion Beer of Britain 2015
CAMRA are pleased to announce this year's Champion Beers of Britain as follows: 
Supreme Champions
Supreme Champion Rosette - Gold
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch
Kelburn - Jaguar
Dancing Duck - Dark Drake
Mild Rosette - Gold
Williams Brother- Black 
Rudgate - Ruby Mild 
Great Orme - Welsh Black
Best Bitter
Best Bitter Rosette - Gold
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch
Highland - Scapa Special 
Joint Bronze:
Barngates - Tag Lag
Salopian - Darwin's Origin
Speciality Rosette - Gold
Titantic - Plum Porter 
Joint Silver 
Kissingate - Black Cherry Mild 
Saltaire - Triple Chocolate 
Hanlons - Port Stout
Bitter Rosette - Gold
Pheasantry - Best Bitter

Acorn - Barnsley Bitter

Joint Bronze
Purple Moose - Madog's Ale
Timothy Taylors - Boltmaker
Golden Ale Rosette - Gold
Kelburn - Jaguar
Adnams - Explorer 
Blue Monkey - Infinity
Strong Bitter
Strong Bitter Gold
Dark Star - Revelation
Salopian - Golden Thread
Grain - India Pale Ale
Champion Bottle-Conditioned Beer
Bottled Beer Rosette - Gold
Harveys - Imperial Extra Double Stout
Fyne Ales - Superior IPA
Mordue - India Pale Ale