Sometimes it's hard to imagine, but there is more to beer than London. The rest of our fair isle has been getting up to steam on this glorious revolution, and I think it behoves us as London aficionado's to sample and support these instances of quality and civilisation.
I'm setting the date for this one for the first weekend in September - Far enough away for people to clear space in their diaries for a day trip, but hopefully soon enough that we will still enjoy some half-decent weather *(knock on wood)*. Note: This will be a trip shared with our frenemies over at the Craft Beer Collective, so be prepared for japes, ribaldry and pleasant strangers who become good friends (or something less like the theme song to an Australian soap-opera).
Brighton has an excellent array of both Pubs and Brewery's, and it with being a mere hour away by train, it's practically on our doorsteps. Some examples:
>> The Evening Star
Dark Star Brewery makes pretty consistently good beer. Standing astride the fuzzy boundaries of 'Real Ale' and 'Craft Beer', they can be relied upon to satisfy most tastes. The Evening Star is one of only two of Dark Star Brewery pubs, and stock both their own fare and that from other brewery's across the UK.
>> The Brighton Beer Dispensary
A collaboration between the London-based Late Knights Brewery, and Brighton's own Brighton Bier, this is a brew pub and a craft beer embassy for the town. 10 ales on handpump or direct from the cask, plus 3 keg lines, a fridge full of bottles and some burger refreshments.
>> Craft Beer Co, Brighton
Another outpost originating from the Big Smoke. The same variety and quality as you'd expect we've come to know and love. Recently refurbished it would be rude not to pop in and give them an appraisal.
>> The North Laine
Finally there's the North Laine. This brew pub apparently boasts 8 cask lines from its own Laine Brewery, as well as a range of bottles. And for those of you who will be pining for the dubious glories of East London, this place looks Shoreditchesque enough to soothe your homesickness.