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10th June 2018

The First ‘Brighton & Hove Beer Week’ Is Announced

Brighton & Hove is set to celebrate all things beer and brewing with the city’s first beer week. Brighton & Hove Beer Week will run from Friday 24th August – Sunday 2nd September 2018 and will showcase the very best that the city has to offer beer lovers.

More than twenty of the city’s beer venues – including The Evening Star, Brighton Beer Dispensary and The Watchmaker’s Arms – are coming together to offer a series of exciting events over the ten-day period. They’re pairing up with breweries both within the city – including Brighton Bier, Hand Brew Co. and Loud Shirt Brewing Co. – and throughout Sussex – such as Burning Sky, Harvey’s and UnBarred – to ensure the city is full to the brim of the freshest, tastiest beer. There will be no festival wristbands or lanyards, and no central beer tent: just a whole city full of great beer to explore and enjoy.

Brighton and Hove Beer Week’s founder and coordinator is award-winning beer writer and broadcaster, Emma Inch. She produces Fermentation – the UK’s only regular beer and brewing show on FM radio – for Brighton’s Radio Reverb, and has made the city her home for the past twenty-five years and. She says,

“This event is about world-class beer served where it should be: in the pubs, bars, restaurants and bottle shops that bring it to you all year round. There’ll be tap takeovers, brewery open days, walking tours, a homebrew competition, tastings, exclusive brews, music, food, and some more quirky events that will demonstrate why drinking beer in Brighton & Hove is so different to drinking beer in any other city. We’ll be celebrating what makes us unique in terms of our heritage, our diversity, our ‘green credentials’ and everything else we have to offer as a one-of-a-kind city by the sea. It’s going to be quite a party!”

The venues involved are listed on the Brighton & Hove Beer Week website –

Events will be announced very soon.

For more information:

Contact Emma Inch: or 07880 714195


Twitter, Instagram & Facebook: @beerbythesea

Notes for editors:

Beer Weeks are becoming increasingly popular in cities across the UK – including Manchester, London, Norwich and Sheffield – as ways of showcasing and celebrating beer and brewing. This will be Brighton & Hove’s first beer week.

Brighton & Hove and the surrounding counties of East and West Sussex are home to more than 60 breweries – some nationally and internationally renowned. A recent study, quoted in Beer Today, found that the microbrewery trade in East Sussex alone had experienced 1500% growth in the previous year. The county boasts an estimated 6.4 breweries per 100,000 people, compared to 0.4 breweries per 100,000 people in London. (Source: Brighton & Hove itself has a rich history of brewing, and a growing independent, contemporary brewing scene. The number of venues leading on craft beer and real ale has increased sharply in the past three years.

Emma Inch is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and the current holder of their award for Best Beer Communicator – Online. She produces and presents Fermentation Beer & Brewing Show for Brighton’s Radio Reverb and has written about beer for various national and international publications including ‘Original Gravity’ ‘Brew Your Own’, and ‘Beer Magazine’. She achieved her General Certificate in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling in 2015 and is a prize-winning homebrewer who has collaborated with a number of local breweries. She is also a judge at the World Beer Awards.