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Anyone with an interest in home brewing – from beginners through to experts, hop-forward IPA brewers to traditional best bitter makers. If you brew or are interested in doing so and would like to meet other brewers in the area, why not come along?
No, there’s no charge. If you want to say thanks to the pub for hosting us you can certainly buy a drink at the bar.
To date there’s been as many as 10 and as few as 3. Currently, there are 6-7 regulars and we hope to increase that as more people find out about us. Two of our regulars come from as far as Brighton and welcome people from all around Sussex.
Very simply, we sit and talk about brewing over a few drinks, including taking the opportunity to sample each other’s home brews. Generally this means talking about our latest brews, discussing new trends, recipes, techniques, equipment, hop growing, as well as discussions about commercial beers, breweries and the local pub scene. It’s all very casual with no set agenda.
If you’ve made something you want to share, bring it along – people will be happy to try it. It doesn’t have to be your best brew – sometimes tasting the ones that didn’t quite work out can be just as interesting. And you certainly don’t need to bring anything. If you feel bad about trying people’s brews without bringing your own you can always buy a bottle from the bar to share around.
That's perfectly fine. You can still join in on the general chat, ask questions and learn, or give advice.
Most of the focus tends to be on beer, but all brewers are welcome. To date we’ve had makers of ciders, wines, liqueurs and even spirits. Quite often some of our brewers bring in ciders in particular.
Originally known as the Southdowns Homebrew Club, the inaugural meeting took place in June 2013, organised by Chris, Besh and Tony. Chris was originally responsible for confirming meeting dates and being the primary attendee, and as of October 2014 this is being done by Richard A.
Yes, there’s a group in Brighton that started in October 2014 and meets monthly. Check out the Brighton Homebrewers Facebook group for details.
The Snowdrop Inn is a free-house pub-restaurant in the south-east part of Lewes known as Cliffe.
"A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure."
We meet at 7:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Snowdrop Inn.
Bring along your latest brew or two, or a commercial beer, or simply bring yourself!
We welcome brewers of all skill levels and ages.