Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Beer Brewed In Brighton
Our top picks
This multi award-winning microbrewery is taking Brighton by storm and our seaside city of beer guzzlers just can’t get enough of full-flavoured brews. The Brewery is based in East Brighton and with its huge beer garden punters can sit under the sun (or the gazebo on wet days) and enjoy their impressive range of beers. Brighton Bier has a further three taprooms central/east of the city. The Freehouse, Haus On The Hill and Bier Haus, all serve knockout grub to complement the mucho morish beverages.
The owner of The Dyke Alehouse and Kitchen, Will Farmer is a dedicated craft and real ale enthusiast. So much so that in 2020 he combined that passion for beer and personal history with the army and took over the established Veteran Brewing brand. He now brews Veteran beers from the basement of his pub and they are available there on draft. A share of the profit from each pint sold goes toward supporting ex-military personnel.
The Bison Beer lads are quickly building a Brighton based empire with their craft beers brewed for good times and multi-venue taprooms. They brew several varieties of beers in-house but also stock their international favourites. You can find their beers at three locations across town. The Bison Beach Bar, with an outside capacity of 250 people is set to be a social sensation over the warmer months. North Laine and Hove Actually are their other two taprooms.
In the summer of 2019 Unbarred set out to create beers that offered drinkers something other than the traditional, seasonal beverage. Their beers are built from concepts, drinks with a story and are full of exotic flavours. With names like ‘Gold Coffee Mountain’ and ‘Tropical Soda’, one can expect these guys to be pushing beer brewing boundaries. Find their taproom on Elderplace and let us know what you think!
Whilst technically not a Brighton based microbrewery (the brewery is in Worthing) Hand Brew Co most definitely deserve a mention on this list. Their taproom, The Hand in Hand is in Kemptown and they recently bagged first place in the BRAVOs for Brighton Best Local. Keeping true to their title, we feel that their local brew also deserves an award, and so does the landlady Jen, who you may have spotted out around town delivering beers from miniature pub peddled bicycle!
Dark Star was born in the 90’s and first found feet in the cellar of a Brighton pub. They enthusiastically brewed away with little more than a home brew kit and quenched their thirst of bar bunnies and local guinea pigs. Now brewing over 25 beers a year they’ve moved their brewery out from the cellar and to Sussex. Don’t worry they haven’t abandoned you Brighton. The Evening Star is their local taproom and they’re still pumping out the good stuff!
Beer brewed by Hobo brewers. These guys are locals but don’t actually own a brewery. Instead, they hop from brewery to brewery and take their ‘Hug Life’ vibe’s with them. They’ve created a beer named ‘Pave The Way Pale Ale’ where 10p from each can sold is donated to a homeless charity Only A Pavement Away. They offer a hearty range of beer from their signature White IPA, popular pales to a Coffee Breakfast Porter. Fourth and Church are a local restaurant that offers guests freshly tapped pilsner and cans and you can find them on tap and in the fridges of many Laine Pubs & independents from Kemptown to Hove. Why not go on a Big Hug hunt and let us know your favourites?