Brighton Beer Blog review North Laine Brewhouse, Brighton

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The Date: Sunday 10th November 2019
The Beers: Source Pale Ale, Ripper IPA, Mosaic Pale Ale

The cavernous North Laine Brewhouse is a lot more than your average local boozer. This former nightclub and venue is now a playground for beer lovers, offering loads of activities and entertainment for when simply drinking your pint the old-fashioned way isn’t enough.

The North Laine is perfect for large groups and the spacious interior has plenty of big tables. With Christmas precariously close, this place is set up for your beery festive party.

Big windows let in the light, and the front half of the pub has a characterful traditional feel. Wooden floors and exposed brick are the way here with the odd quirk, such as the living wall occupying one corner, fitting in nicely.

At the back things get a little more funky. Huge colourful murals cover the walls, in front of which sit cafeteria-style long tables; and why not strike up a game of table tennis while you’re at it? It feels somewhat aimed at Brighton’s student population and not built for comfort back here, but it does offer a space just perfect for those group roast sessions or pub quizzes.

With such a large space to fill, it’s little wonder the North Laine has a plethora of events – two quiz nights, ping pong, DJs, a Saturday bottomless brunch and axe-throwing among them.
Yes, that’s right. Axe-throwing. Until the end of the year, TRIBE – Urban Axe Throwing have set up their rather unique side show in a safely caged-off area. With several packages available and prizes to be won, it’s not your average pub game.

The long bar boasts a multitude of taps with an emphasis on craft keg beer sourced locally, some very local, and beyond. There are only three cask pumps, but that’s not a bad offering for a tap-focused bar. Keg beers are rotated regularly, but certain taps are dedicated to dispensing Laine Brew Co’s own creations. Staples such as Source Pale Ale, Word Lager and Ripper IPA are always available along with a changing array of Laine’s latest brews.

Speaking of brewing, you might notice some shiny stainless steel tanks behind the bar. Well these are not just for show. The working microbrewery here creates small runs of experimental concoctions dreamed up by the great Laine Brew Co team, and these are only available here at the bar and at selected Laine pubs.

We’ve long been fans of Laine’s palateable Source Pale Ale. It’s a refreshing session pale with a good bitter bite and a citrus hit. The Ripper IPA ramps up the bitterness and is a robust, heavier offering. If you get the chance, definitely try the small-batch Mosaic Pale Ale available at the Brewhouse and the Hope and Ruin. It’s an incredibly well-balanced pale with lots of hoppy mosaic tropical fruitiness.

Very recently Laine started inviting the public to ‘Be the Brewer’, and BBB got in on the action. We’ve made two short films from our day making beer at North Laine Brewhouse; there are links at the bottom of thjis page if you want to have a watch.

The menu is a modern twist on pub grub: burgers, sharing plates and wings. On Sundays though it’s back to the tried-and-true with excellent roasts, veggie and vegan varieties available. All this is served from the built-in ice cream van kitchen, naturally.

The North Laine can be a place to party, but thanks to its sheer size you can usually still find some space to call your own. We love this place for its audacious sense of fun, its creativity and the fact the team don’t compromise on quality.

What do you think of the Brewhouse? Which is your favourite Laine’s beer? Would you give the axe-throwing a go?

🎥#1 – Meet the Brewer
Learn a bit about Senior Brewer Liam, the man behind Laine Brew Co’s more creative beers made at the North Laine Brewhouse. Find out a bit more about Laine and also what he’s got brewing for you this winter in the Brewhouse tanks…
https://youtu.be/MHYdgZMsGVs

🎥#2 – Be the Brewer
We bring you lots of behind-the-scenes footage from our day of brewing, and Liam lets you know what to expect if you give the ‘Be the Brewer’ experience a go…
https://youtu.be/oOYua5L9r-c

 

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The Date: Sunday 10th November 2019
The Beers: Source Pale Ale, Ripper IPA, Mosaic Pale Ale

The cavernous North Laine Brewhouse is a lot more than your average local boozer. This former nightclub and venue is now a playground for beer lovers, offering loads of activities and entertainment for when simply drinking your pint the old-fashioned way isn’t enough.

The North Laine is perfect for large groups and the spacious interior has plenty of big tables. With Christmas precariously close, this place is set up for your beery festive party.

Big windows let in the light, and the front half of the pub has a characterful traditional feel. Wooden floors and exposed brick are the way here with the odd quirk, such as the living wall occupying one corner, fitting in nicely.

At the back things get a little more funky. Huge colourful murals cover the walls, in front of which sit cafeteria-style long tables; and why not strike up a game of table tennis while you’re at it? It feels somewhat aimed at Brighton’s student population and not built for comfort back here, but it does offer a space just perfect for those group roast sessions or pub quizzes.

With such a large space to fill, it’s little wonder the North Laine has a plethora of events – two quiz nights, ping pong, DJs, a Saturday bottomless brunch and axe-throwing among them.
Yes, that’s right. Axe-throwing. Until the end of the year, TRIBE – Urban Axe Throwing have set up their rather unique side show in a safely caged-off area. With several packages available and prizes to be won, it’s not your average pub game.

The long bar boasts a multitude of taps with an emphasis on craft keg beer sourced locally, some very local, and beyond. There are only three cask pumps, but that’s not a bad offering for a tap-focused bar. Keg beers are rotated regularly, but certain taps are dedicated to dispensing Laine Brew Co’s own creations. Staples such as Source Pale Ale, Word Lager and Ripper IPA are always available along with a changing array of Laine’s latest brews.

Speaking of brewing, you might notice some shiny stainless steel tanks behind the bar. Well these are not just for show. The working microbrewery here creates small runs of experimental concoctions dreamed up by the great Laine Brew Co team, and these are only available here at the bar and at selected Laine pubs.

We’ve long been fans of Laine’s palateable Source Pale Ale. It’s a refreshing session pale with a good bitter bite and a citrus hit. The Ripper IPA ramps up the bitterness and is a robust, heavier offering. If you get the chance, definitely try the small-batch Mosaic Pale Ale available at the Brewhouse and the Hope and Ruin. It’s an incredibly well-balanced pale with lots of hoppy mosaic tropical fruitiness.

Very recently Laine started inviting the public to ‘Be the Brewer’, and BBB got in on the action. We’ve made two short films from our day making beer at North Laine Brewhouse; there are links at the bottom of thjis page if you want to have a watch.

The menu is a modern twist on pub grub: burgers, sharing plates and wings. On Sundays though it’s back to the tried-and-true with excellent roasts, veggie and vegan varieties available. All this is served from the built-in ice cream van kitchen, naturally.

The North Laine can be a place to party, but thanks to its sheer size you can usually still find some space to call your own. We love this place for its audacious sense of fun, its creativity and the fact the team don’t compromise on quality.

What do you think of the Brewhouse? Which is your favourite Laine’s beer? Would you give the axe-throwing a go?

 

🎥#1 – Meet the Brewer
Learn a bit about Senior Brewer Liam, the man behind Laine Brew Co’s more creative beers made at the North Laine Brewhouse. Find out a bit more about Laine and also what he’s got brewing for you this winter in the Brewhouse tanks…
https://youtu.be/MHYdgZMsGVs

🎥#2 – Be the Brewer
We bring you lots of behind the scenes footage from our day of brewing, and Liam lets you know what to expect if you give the ‘Be the Brewer’ experience a go…
https://youtu.be/oOYua5L9r-c

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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