Friday, 14 July 2017

Hand Brew: Brewing Resumes at the Hand in Hand, Brighton

A visit to the Hand in Hand, St. James’s Street, Kemp Town, Brighton on 17th June found three of their Hand Brew beers on the bar. The tiny corner pub was crowded (good to see) with a music act appearing as part of a charity event but I managed to squeeze a seat at the bar and have a half of all three beers. Writing tasting notes was difficult with precious space on the counter and little room to manoeuvre but I managed to jot the following in my little black book:

DAP: Session Pale (3.8%), mango and tropical fruit flavours, delicate, well-balanced with a dry finish, not overly hoppy.

Tickler: Irish Red (4.2%), soft caramel-toffee nose, bold dark fruit flavours against a biscuit malt backbone – hint of chocolate in the finish.

Session IPA: Citra Ahtanum (4.5%), toffee-apple and apricot nose, pear and apple fruits at first followed by lemon-zest and citrus aftertaste, not overly assertive.

The Tickler was my personal favourite. Pump clips on the wall showed other Hand Brew beers to be Quicker than the Eye: Red IPA (5.0%) and Shaka: Pale Ale (4.0%).


The brewer is Jack Tavaré who also brews under the Beercraft brand at the Watchmakers Arms, Hove.

Brewing at the Hand in Hand began in 1989 when Bev Robbins installed a tower brewery and adopted the name Kemptown Brewery and the old dolphin brand image of the pub’s once former owners. The Kemptown name continued until 2012 when Brighton Bier Co was launched at the pub as a gypsy brewery with Gary Sillence as brewer. Brewing at the pub lapsed after Brighton Bier obtained premises at the Bell Tower Industrial Estate in October 2014, so the new venture, which first brewed on 4th August 2016, is an especially welcome development. 


Friday, 31 March 2017

Beer Lines: News from The Beer Essentials 30a East Street, Horsham, West Sussex

Beer Lines

The Beer Essentials was established in August 2001 by former King & Barnes retail sales manager, Gareth Jones, following the closure of King & Barnes in 2000. Eager to continue providing proper beer to the good people of Horsham, Gareth immediately set to establishing his very own off-licence. Many years later, The Beer Essentials stands as a haven of real ale in the Horsham District. Situated in Horsham's historic town centre, The Beer Essentials continues to provide top quality beer and cider to it's happy patrons. I'm on the mailing list for Gareth's newsletter and I thought I would share his latest one with the world.

News from The Beer Essentials 30a East Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HL, 01403 21889


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Welcome! Welcome to the latest issue of Beer Lines, the newsletter of The Beer Essentials, Horsham’s real ale shop.

Greetings from a very sunny East Street. The hops in my yard at the rear of the shop are looking decidedly triffidlike and I’m beginning to think that spring is finally here. I’m not generally known for my optimism weather-wise but there’s hoping for a prolonged spell of warmth that will make people think about beer. I realise that some people (and I include myself) think about beer whatever the weather but you know what I mean! Anyway here is the beer news.

The Anchor Tap

While writing this newsletter I found the April edition from last year and in it I mentioned the Anchor Tap, Dark Star’s pub just a few shops down from me, as it had not long opened its doors. Well one year on and The Anchor Tap has just been voted North Sussex CAMRA's Pub of the Year and thoroughly well-deserved in my opinion.

Horsham Beer Festival 2017

Just another quick reminder that tickets for the above event go on sale at 10.00am on Saturday 3rd June. Ticket day tends to be fairly chaotic so you might want to set an alarm.....there will be free cake!! CAMRA Sussex Beer Festival I had a very enjoyable evening recently at the CAMRA Sussex Beer Festival held for the first time, this year, at Brighton Racecourse. Not necessarily the easiest venue to get to (many thanks to Liz and Bob Sutton for letting me share their taxi back down the hill to the station!) but once there the beer was fantastic. I did quite a bit of “quality control” however two real stand-out beers for me were Thornbridge Brock, a delicious velvety stout with a hint of smoke and Downlands West Indian Pale Ale, a fantastic IPA full of fruity hop flavours (see below).

New Bottles

I have just got some new beers in from Hubertus in the Czech Republic. I currently have the Light (3.9%ABV) and the Medium (4.4% ABV) but I hope to have several others from them soon. All of their beers are very clean and refreshing and full of flavour. On Draught during April we hope to have on draught: Dark Star Six Hop Ale 6.5% ABV £3.25 per pint; Tring Apache 3.9% ABV £2.30 per pint; Downlands West Indian Pale Ale 6.5% ABV £3.25 per pint, plus loads of other great beers TBC. Please check blackboard in shop for current availability.

Thanks for reading

Gareth

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Science of Beer Event at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, 8th April 2017

Combining a fascinating talk with some fabulous fun demonstrations all about the process of brewing beer, PLUS the chance to sample some local brew, this is an evening not to be missed!

If that was not enough we will also provide a delicious curry and a voucher to sample a free beer of your choice (soft drinks and wine are also available). A vegetarian curry option is available but we are unable to offer alternatives to the curry.

If the weather is good then there will ALSO be an opportunity to look through the Centre's fantastic historic telescopes at some fascinating night sky objects including Jupiter.

There will be a cash bar throughout the event and the opportunity to take beer home.

Numbers are limited to a total of 80 so when we have received confirmation of the event book early to secure your place.

Time: 7.00pm - 11.30pm 

Cost: £30 per person 

ADULTS ONLY

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741