The Horsham District is home to many top class drink producers including several top class micro-breweries, creating a wide variety of handcrafted and award winning ales, using finest natural and local ingredients and traditional brewing techniques to produce the finest quality local ales. Many of these fantastic brews can be found in Inns and Public Houses across the District as well as being celebrated at Ale and Beer Festivals across the South East of England.
This year’s Guide showcases the work of old favourites such as Dark Star (Partridge Green), Hepworths (Horsham), Kissingate (Lower Beeding), Weltons (Horsham) and Firebird (Rudgwick). Beer Essentials in Horsham sells a multitude of beers and ales from these local brewers.
In addition to the brewers the Horsham District and its surrounds also has a number of successful vineyards producing a variety of top class wines. This year the Festival highlights the wineries of Bolney and Wiston and you can take a tour of these and other vineyards if you take a tour with Kent and Sussex Wine Tours.
Throw into the mix the celebrated juice and cider producer Wobblegate and newcomer Cabin Pressure Spirits and this year’s Festival beverage offer is something to savour.
47 Bolney Wine EstateFoxhole Lane
Tel: 01444 881575
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Open: Café Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm.
Shop Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm.
We are one of the oldest and most accomplished English vineyards, specialising in red wine. Since 1972 we have been growing, harvesting and bottling reds, whites, rosé and sparkling wines, winning a plethora of awards including IWSC UK wine producer of the year in 2012! Pop in for
a visit – we run guided tours, wine tastings and have a vineyard shop and café on site.
48 Cabin Pressure SpiritsTel: 07743 077351
We are not open to the public but appear at local markets periodically and we will be at the Big Nibble on Sunday 4 September.
Cabin Pressure Spirits are a husband and wife team from Horsham producing small-batch craft gin of the highest quality. Using a vacuum method that allows distillation at a low temperature, more of the complex botanical flavours are preserved that may be lost using traditional methods. The result is a remarkably smooth, juniper-rich gin that makes particularly refreshing G+Ts and exceptional cocktails. Look out for Cabin Pressure Vacuum Distilled Gin and their distinctive white ceramic bottles in local shops and restaurants, or come and meet them in the market for a G+T and taste the difference for yourself!
49 Dark Star Brewing Company Ltd
The Brewery, Star Road
Tel: 01403 713085
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Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm.
Saturday 9am to 4pm. Sunday Closed.
Based in Partridge Green, West Sussex, The Dark Star Brewery is perhaps best known for its Hophead beer, but with over 20 different types of ale created each year, the Dark Star offering is anything but ordinary! The team has celebrated numerous awards, including their 2012 Champion Golden Ale in Britain, American Pale Ale (APA.)
50 Firebird Brewing Co.
The Old Brickworks
Rudgwick, West Sussex
Tel: 01403 823180
Open: Shop Open Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm.
Opened in 2013 in a formerly derelict brickworks in Rudgwick, Firebird has grown at breakneck speed and is now brewing a huge variety of handmade beers. As well as a full range of cask ales there are also keg ales, Pilsner Lager and even award winning Wiessbier on offer. The brewery has a fully stocked shop and a fantastic bar overlooking the vessels and from its humble beginnings it has become a thriving business with
a great following. Come to the brewery to sample the beers, watch us brewing, enjoy a tour, or just enjoy a drink in the bar. We have beery gifts for every pocket as well!
51 Hepworth and Company Brewers Ltd
The New Brewery
Pulborough, West Sussex
Tel: 01403 269696
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Hepworth’s brewery, established in Horsham in 2000, has been winning awards for its traditional craft brewed beers since it was launched – Supreme UK Champion even! We brew a range of authentic ales, and authentic lagers, sourcing locally, within Sussex mainly, for hops and barley. Our range includes organic lager and gluten free ale and lagers, all produced naturally and without additives. We shall be in the Carfax for The Big Nibble and to celebrate Horsham’s own Food and Drink Festival we offer 10% off per case when purchased directly from the Brewery on production of this Guide.
52 Kent and Sussex Wine Tours Ltd
52 Lower Street
Pulborough, West Sussex
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With soil comparable to that of Champagne, and a climate increasingly so, Kent and Sussex winemakers are currently enjoying success and international acclaim as producers of quality sparkling and still wines. Kent and Sussex Wine Tours provides small group tours of local vineyards and wineries, enabling you to discover what is an exciting, emerging wine region located on your doorstep. We offer a chance to meet the winemakers, learn about viticulture and wine-making processes, and to taste award-winning wines. Our range includes unique and informal set date tours and bespoke and corporate services for a tailor made experience.
53 Kissingate Brewery
Pole Barn, Church Lane Farm Estate
Lower Beeding. West Sussex
Tel: 01403 891335
Open: Kissingate shop sales Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday 10am to 1pm. Closed on Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Kissingate Brewery operates from a converted barn in a delightful wooded valley near Lower Beeding. Owners of the business (Gary and Bunny) have won many awards for their beers and there are twelve in regular production. Kissingate’s reputation has been built on reviving of old beer styles such as milds and stouts. They also produce a wide range of new-age beers, which add to the range. Their beers are widely available throughout the South East and especially in Brighton. Gary and Bunny have become well known for their hospitality, and enjoy organising tours of the brewery. Indeed a day at the Kissingate is both relaxing and informative for beer fans, and special interest groups alike.
54 The Beer Essentials
30a East Street
Horsham, West Sussex
Tel: 01403 218890
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Open: Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 6pm. Friday to Saturday 10am to 7pm. Sunday and Monday closed.
Situated in the heart of the conservation area of the town you will find an oasis for beer lovers at The Beer Essentials. We have around 150 different bottled beers and ciders in stock, many of which are from West and East Sussex. Plus we have draught beer and cider, straight from the barrel and ready to drink, in refillable take away containers. The draught beer list changes from week to week and details of current availability along with other useful information can be found on our Facebook page. Also you are most welcome to follow us on Twitter.
55 Weltons Brewery
1 Mulberry Trading Estate
Horsham, West Sussex
Tel: 01403 242901
Open: Weekdays 8am to 5pm through September.
Weltons is a small, family run, artisan brewery. We use only wholesome ingredients for brewing, no preservatives or artificial flavours. We brew annually, over 70 traditional draught and bottled beers which are all live with yeast and encompassing all styles of beer from 1.2% abv to 8.2% abv. Many of our hops come from local hop gardens in Sussex and Kent and we supply pubs and retailers all over the South East of England.
Juicy Hq, Old Mill fruit Farm
Bolney, West Sussex
Tel: 01444 881356
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Open: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Founded in 2009 by father and son team, and situated on their family farm slap bang in the middle of Sussex. We grow, press and bottle only the best and tastiest fruit for you to enjoy. We say a big fat NO to adding sugars or preservatives, so in our award winning juices and ciders you’ll find 100% fruit only! Our drinks are available in shops, cafés and pubs across the south east or direct from our farm. You should easily find some for your daily fix of Wobblegate! For more info about us and our pure fruity drinks, and your local stockist, please visit our website.