uk’s biggest city-wide beer festival returns

Yes, you better beer-lieve it, Sussex-based Laine Brew Co. is bringing its Tap Takeover back for a fifth edition – that’s a whole three days of excellent craft beers and music across over twenty Brighton pubs.

So what you can expect? Apart from possibly one of the most impressive potential pub crawls we’ve yet to try, there will be 130 craft beers from 22 different independent breweries, as well as DJs, live music, tasting sessions and ‘meet the brewer’ talks.

The main hub of the festival will again be the North Laine Brewhouse, Laine Brew Co.’s experimental microbrewery. You can buy tickets from them (or online here) and get more details about the festival – and all the beers you could be drinking.

Speaking of those beers, Laine’s brews will be available at all of the participating venues and some of the UK’s best breweries will be taking over the taps at some of our favourite pubs. Ready for the participating brewery list? It’s a cracker. There are heaps of brilliant locals for starters: There’s both Abyss and Beak from Lewes, Firle’s Burning Sky, Uckfield’s 360, Worthing’s Cloak and Dagger and, of course, Brighton’s Laine.

London’s representing with Two Tribes, Brixton, Pressure Drop, Gosnells, Beavertown, Orbit and Queer, and moving further north, there’s Leeds’ Northern Monk, Manchester’s Cloudwater, Huddersfield’s Magic Rock, Edinburgh’s Vault City, Dublin’s Whiplash and also Oslo’s Amundsen.

These are the pubs taking part and the breweries pouring there, each creating their own special experience:
North Laine Brewhouse – Laine
Black Lion – Northern Monk
Earth & Stars – Pressure Drop
Fiddler’s Elbow – Whiplash
The Actors – Queer
The Mesmerist – Beavertown
Oculist – Cloudwater
White Rabbit – Magic Rock
East Street Tap – Vault City
Inn On The Square – Gosnells
Victory Inn – 360º
The World’s End – Amundsen
Fountain Head – Beak
Tempest Inn – Two Tribes
Mash Tun – Brixton
Dead Wax Social – Orbit
Bath Arms – Cask Beer Takeover
Hope & Ruin – Abyss
New Unity – Cloak and Dagger
The Fortune of War – Burning Sky

You can snap up a weekend ticket for £20 and this includes your entry, four half pints of the beer of your choice, a £1 discount on any festival beer and 50p off half pints in the participating pubs.

Get your drinking boots on!

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November; £20; various locations across the city
Find the festival hub at North Laine Brewhouse at 27 Gloucester Place, Brighton BN1 4AA