Beer Tripping - Brighton Pt.1

We love a sunny day down the beach, covered in sun cream, eating fish and chips and sipping on a great beer. For us, being so close to East Croydon Station, Brighton is our number one day trip choice when the sun comes out and we've got a day off!

Bright has a host of places where you can get awesome beer, top quality food and a pier for all those pennies you have. This week we are focusing on three great venues that serve awesome beer and food.

Our first stop was the Hope & Ruin on Queens Road, just a short walk from the station. This pub has a great selection of craft beer from local producers including Laine Brew Co. and Gun Brewery. We tucked into Laine Brew Co. Mangolicious, a mango & passion fruit pale ale and Signature x Yeastie Boys Anticipation, a Japanese rise beer, both lovely beers, both very different and a good start to the day.

After Hope & Ruin, we headed toward the water front, pocket full of pennies, ready for those 2p machines, but first we had to stop off at Bison Beer on East Street. A stones throw away from the beach, this bottle shop has fridges packed with awesome beers from many Sussex based breweries as well as many from around the country.

For us, this is the place to go for those beach beers. We started with North x Partizan Pineapple & Lemon IPA and UnBarred MPA, a mango infused pale ale. As you can imagine, both were perfect in the hot sun, whilst Matt slowly turned into a lobster. So to ensure he got truly burned, we popped back to grab one more beer in the sun before we hit the pier. This time round we had Funk Estate Get Up Get Down, a dry hop sour ale and Bison Beer x Riptide Wrestling Riptide Lager, all four were fantastic but the UnBarred and New Zealands Funk Estate won the beer in the sun awards that afternoon.

Once we spent all our hard earned cash on the 2p machines, we headed over to East Street Tap, which is opposite Bison Beer. This place has only been open a few years and has a range of rotating beers on draught. However, what caught our eye was a brewery we had not seen before, so we dived in head first. Coming out of New Zealand, we tucked into North End Old Island, Burton strong ale and Table de Brasseur, Abbey single. Both were very different from what we had been drinking at the beach, more heavy on the malt and yeast flavour, which was a nice change up to the fruit infused or sour ales we had been drinking. To finish our beery trip off, we ended up eating some absolutely stunning vegan food by Beelze Burger at the East Street Tap, while watching a very stressful England opening game at the world cup and drinking Fourpure Spice Route, a chai milkshake pale ale and Magic Rock Salty Kiss, a gooseberry gose.

Overall the day was a great success, we found new breweries, new drinking establishments and we are looking forward to heading back to try out the Brewdog Bar, Brighton Beer Dispensary, run by local brewery Southey Brewing Co. in Penge, and Laines Brew Pub, plus many more great venues we are yet to discover.

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