The Patch Lewes

The Patch Lewes

Don't be fooled by the humble cafe exterior, it belies a trove of global beer variety

19–21 Market Street
Lewes
BN7 2NB

01273 477042

The Patch Lewes

A humble café offering a staggering ten rotated keg lines

The Patch hides its beery bounty very well. It’s an unassuming place that from the outside appears to be a pokey café, in an old building, on one of Lewes’s narrow side roads.

But step over the threshold and before your eyes is a wall of ten tap lines and a small fridge stocked with yet more wonderful brews. The options are incredible, with local, UK-wide and worldwide options presented together for you to choose from.

The brews are regularly rotated to keep things exciting for beer explorers, but expect to find a combination that might include Sussex milk stouts, reputable pale ales, classic Belgian beers and never-before-heard-of regional European lagers, all on one wall, all available to try before you buy. The Patch’s Facebook posts are good at keeping you updated on new arrivals.

The venue itself is simply decorated – lots of white and green, and a collection of basic wooden furniture. At the front, stools and a café-style window bar allow you to perch and peer out; or turn left for a mish-mash of booths, tables and chairs, creatively jammed into the long but narrow space. There’s a small yard out back that again seemed basic, but we hope they might do more with it over time.

The Patch is humble, and a little plain – and the fairly priced beers perhaps reflect that – but looks aside, you just cannot beat this place for beer variety in Lewes!

 
 

Beak Brewery Lewes

Beak Brewery Lewes

A nomadic cuckoo-brewer teams up with a Susex brewer to make their nest in Lewes

Unit 14
Cliffe Industrial Estate
Lewes
BN8 6JL

01273 473094

Beak Brewery Lewes

After traversing the country for many years, it’s apt that Beak make you wander off-piste for their tap room

Beak Brewery Lewes launched their brewer/tap-room to much hype in the Summer of 2020, and even Coronavirus couldn’t dampen the excitement as loads of people trekked down to the atypical location of Cliffe Industrial Estate for a taste.

The tap bar is located in a large unit overlooked by the chalk cliffs, and it’s cavernous. The tanks and brewing equipment are installed in full view around the room and on the rear back wall. In the centre is a small bar and at the front of the unit are rows of benches with more set up outside when the weather allows.

Beak stock a selection of their own incredible and locally renowned brews on tap; a couple of very hazy pales, a heady imperial stout, and a table beer were on offer last visit, alongside a guest Keller Pilsner from Lost and Grounded.

The tap bar opened during coronavirus and so our only experience so far has required logistical planning and booking a week in advance in order to secure a space.

We can only imagine that when social distancing and hourly slot bookings are a thing of the past, Beak Brewery Lewes, with it’s out of the way spot, will have a great communal beer hall type vibe with revellers drinking merrily into the evening.

 
 

Haus On The Hill Brighton

Haus On The Hill Brighton

58 Southover Street
Brighton
BN2 9UF

01273 601 419

Haus On The Hill Brighton

A classic but contemporary 2 storey pub run by Brighton Bier

Upon entering this wide and wood clad space you immediately meet the bar with it’s huge array of options that fill the full width of the bar and continue around the corners, so we’ll start there.

Being a Brighton Bier run establishment there’s an excellent array of 5 cask ales and, for a tucked away local, a jaw dropping 15+ taps. Much of these are produced not far away at the marina by the Brighton based brewer, but there’s plenty of other great local options as well as a Bavarian guest named Rothaus, a small brewery in Southern Germany that Brighton Bier love so much they’ve installed their big branded tap serving their Pilsner and Wiess beers.

The decor is unfussy and warm touches of modern colour to keep things contemporary, but enough retained classic pub charm.  If you don’t want to mingle around the bar then to it’s right there is a side room and elevated seating space that feels a little bit more away from the action if you want your own corner.

Through the main bar there’s a rear yard with some wooden booths which provided shelter in bad weather, whereas upstairs you’ll find another decked seating area that catches the sun and a whole other bright indoor seating space as well.

With a stonkingly good beer selection, a pub as nice as this is well worth scaling any hill.

The World’s End Brighton

The World’s End Brighton

If the end is nigh, there's more than enough fun and games here to forget your woes

60-61 London Road
Brighton
BN1 4JE

01273 692311

The World’s End Brighton

A youthfully spirited pub and a fun place to see in an apocalypse or two

You wont miss the black-painted exterior  of The World’s End, complete with an angry Kraken rum octopus flailing its tentacles across the front facade.

Inside is open-plan and spacious, perfect for larger groups with canteen-style tables and chairs to right and long benches to the left. The atmosphere has a great buzz and we’ve noticed they’re not shy about turning the volume on the music.
The tables out front are popular at night and there’s a small covered decking space to the rear.

The bar has a host of craft beers lined up taproom style and rotated regularly, but there’s another side to the World’s End Brighton that adds to the fun and games.

The green booths opposite the bar are VR suites run by IPG. A choice of worlds are available to blast, shoot and fly in, all within in safe reach of a pint.

Upstairs are some more traditional arcade games and a fairground-style remote control race track. If that’s not enough, on Tuesdays Gaming Retro-bution set-up a library of retro games machines, and there’s a Monday pub quiz.

Food is provided by Wolfsmouth burger kitchen and we have been quite satisfied with them on past visits.

 
 

North Laine Brewhouse Brighton

North Laine Brewhouse Brighton

A cavernous pub providing fun and top quality beers, some brewed on site

27 Gloucester Place
Brighton
BN1 4AA

01273 683666

North Laine Brewhouse, Brighton

A pub and microbrewery that’s fun, without compromising on quality

The cavernous North Laine Brewhouse is perfect for big groups, with its beer hall offering space for even the largest gang of friends.

The front section has a characterful traditional feel. Towards the back things take on a playful and colourful sense of humour.

The long bar boasts cask options and a multitude of taps with an emphasis on craft keg beer, some sourced incredibly locally, as the shiny tanks behind the bar are not just for show. The working microbrewery here creates small runs of experimental concoctions dreamed up by the great Laine Brew Co team, only available here at the bar and at selected Laine pubs. The team don’t compromise on the quality of beer served.

Events at North Laine Brewhouse include two quiz nights, ping pong, DJs, a Saturday bottomless brunch and axe throwing. You feel this selection probably targets a younger crowd.

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

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