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.
Throw into the mix the multi award winning juice and cider producer Wobblegate, Gin makers Cabin Pressure Spirits and Trenchmore Farm based cider makers Silly Moo. So this year’s Festival beverage offer is something to savour.
49 Cabin Pressure SpiritsTel: 07743 077351
Cabin Pressure Spirits are a husband and wife team from Horsham that produce small-batch craft gin in a cunningly re-purposed garden shed. They employ a vacuum method to distil at low temperature which preserves more of the complex botanical flavours that may be lost using the traditional approach. The result is a remarkably smooth, juniper-rich gin with a slight natural sweetness. Look out for Cabin Pressure Vacuum Distilled Gin and their distinctive white ceramic bottles in local shops, bars and restaurants, or come and meet them at the Big Nibble and taste the difference for yourself!
50 Dark Star Brewing Company Ltd
The Brewery, Star Road
Tel: 01403 713085
Facebook: Dark Star Brewing Co
Open: Monday 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.)
51 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. Sunday 11am 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!
52 Hepworth and Company Brewers Ltd
The New Brewery
Pulborough, West Sussex
Tel: 01403 269696
Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm. Saturday 10am to 4pm.
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.
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 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 old beer styles such as mild’s and stouts. They also produce a wide range of new-age beers which add to the range. Their beers are available direct from the brewery shop and are widely available in pubs throughout the South East and especially in Brighton.
54 The Beer Essentials
Tel: 01403 864419
Open: Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 5pm.
Silly Moo is a civilised farm house cider made in Cowfold at Trenchmore Farm. We blend traditional cider apples from the 1600 apple trees in our orchard with swapped, surplus apples – brought in from the gardens of Sussex. If you would like to join the swap full details on our Facebook and website pages. The name for our cider which is slightly sparking, medium dry and made from 100% apple juice with no added sugars or concentrate, came about as our cattle go a little bit silly when fed the left over pomace after pressing – which they absolutely love.
55 The Beer Essentials
30a East Street
Horsham, West Sussex
Tel: 01403 218890
Facebook: The Beer Essentials
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.
56 Weltons Brewery
1 Mulberry Trading Estate
Horsham, West Sussex
Tel: 01403 242901
Open: For events only.
We are a small family owned brewery who have been brewing in the area for 22 years. We brew up to 60 different beers a year which we put in cask and bottle, then sell to local pubs and off licenses. These beers are from 1.2% to 10% abv, light and dark with all shades in between. Bitter, Stout, Mild, Fruit beer, Saison, Brown, Christmas beer, IPA, APA and more. We also open the brewery as a pub on the first Friday every month – our Friday Pub. You can then taste first hand all the different beers, each month when they’re brewed.
57 to 60 Whistle and Dixie (including Wobblegate, Eden Fruit Ciders and the Wobbly Press Cidery)
Juicy Hq, Old Mill fruit Farm
Bolney, West Sussex
Tel: 01444 881356
Facebook: Whistle and Dicie Bottle Shop
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.
‘Purveyors of uniquely crafted drinks’! We source drinks locally (Sussex) and worldwide to find the best in Beer, Cider, Juice, Spirits and Wine. Located on Old Mill Fruit Farm (A272) in the beautiful setting of the South Downs, Whistle and Dixie is split in three – a Bottle shop where you can buy our awesomely sourced drinks, try our weekly cask beers, still and sparkling ciders, from our newest install the ‘Tap Wall’. We also hold tasting sessions for small groups and offer our Rambling Craft Bar, the perfect solution for any private event or festival. Finally, an online shop for anyone wanting to buy direct from their armchair!