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Brand New Sussex Gin Producer Joins Seafront Beer & Cider Festival

16 May 2018

Eastbourne’s Beer & Cider by the Sea will see the seafront Western Lawns bursting with barrels from 25 – 27 May, as the 6th year of the festival promises its biggest and most mouth-watering selection of tipples yet.


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From a ‘Wobbly Munk’ to a ‘Rhubarb Rendezvous’, the real ales and ciders on offer will be offering a tantalising selection of cheekily-named brews to tickle the ribcage, as well as the taste buds.

Joining the line-up of 100 mostly local brews for the first time, is brand new Harley House Distillery’s ‘Pure Sussex Gin’, distilled from fresh South Downs filtered aquifer water.

Launching last September, the new Sussex gin produced locally in Seaford by the recently opened distillery, sold out in its first week, and will premiere at Beer and Cider by the Sea for sipping, cocktails and G&T’s.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Beer and Cider by the Sea is very much about celebrating the marvellous producers on our doorstep, in the stunning surroundings of the seafront Western Lawns. With a great soundtrack from the live stage, and some quirky brews, who wouldn’t love a ‘Wise Owl’ or a ‘Mad Goose’ by the ‘Dark Cider the Moon’.”

The 100 strong list has been carefully chosen by the team from CAMRA with an eye for showcasing local producers and some seasonal thirst-quenchers, along with a few fruity infusions and distinctly different draughts for the real ale connoisseur.

Cocktails, gins, bottled beers, soft drinks and Pimms will also be on offer, along with Hog Roast, German hot dogs, olives, churros and other tasty treats.

With a superb soundtrack to the Bank Holiday weekend, the live stage will once again celebrate some great local acts from local headliner Zachary Dogwood to the Cajun sound of Wakin’ Snakes and the smooth chilled vibe of the Dirty Martini Swing Band.

The three day event also includes family-friendly afternoon sessions with children’s bouncy castle and outdoor games including giant Jenga and limbo.

The festival will be the only ticketed real ale event in Eastbourne this year as the Autumn Beer Festival takes a one year break during the redevelopment works at Devonshire Park.

Ticket prices range from £7 – 8 per adult with discounts for students and CAMRA members. Children’s tickets are available for daytime sessions only at just £2 (under 5’s go free). Sessions are available 4 – 10pm Friday, 11 – 4pm and 5 – 10pm Saturday and 12 – 7pm on Sunday.

To book tickets visit Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, the Seafront Office, telephone 01323 410611 or book online at

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