Tap takeover: UK’s biggest city-wide beer fest is coming to 20 Brighton pubs this weekend

The UK’s biggest and best-loved city-wide beer festival, Tap Takeover, will return to Brighton this month, following a two year hiatus.

Taking place in 20 pubs all across the city from 22nd – 24th October, the festival will feature over 130 craft beers from 22 different breweries, as well as a host of DJs, special live music performances, tasting sessions, and much more in the way of beer-related shenanigans.

Also, or the very first time, this year’s event will also feature a huge 300 capacity beer tent in the centre of the city, which sounds like a right old time.

Weekend tickets for the festival cost £20 and include entry, four free half pints of craft beer and discounts on all beers on offer in participating pubs. As with every year the North Laine Brewhouse will serve as a bit of a home base – it will have multiple breweries on the taps, will hold some ace events, and crucially is where you pick up your wristbands, and your sacred Tap Takeover maps.

For tickets and more info HEAD TO THIS LINK RIGHT HERE.

Participating pubs include: The Black Lion, The Earth & Stars, The Fiddler’s, The Actors, The Mesmerist, North Laine Brewhouse, The White Rabbit, East St Tap, The Western, The Victory, The World’s End, The Fountain Head, The Tempest, The Mash Tun, The Pull & Pump, Dead Wax Social, The Bath Arms, The Hope & Ruin, The New Unity and The Fortune of War.

So where are the pubs you say? Well, fear not Undercurrent have got you absolutely bloody covered.

Tap Takeover is hosted by Laine Brew Co, creators of some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting craft beers, and operators of 60 pubs across Brighton, London and Birmingham. 

Laine launched Tap Takeover in 2016, with the first edition of the festival taking place in 10 pubs across Brighton. By 2018, 15 pubs were involved and the event attracted 2,000 guests. Now, following a two year hiatus, the festival is returning for its largest edition yet, bringing together some of the biggest names in craft beer for a very special weekend. As well as featuring all of Laine’s brews on tap, the event will be serving beers from 22 of the UK’s best independent breweries, including Verdant, North, Five Points, Tiny Rebel, and the festival’s headline partner, Brixton Brewery.

Gavin George, CEO of Laine, comments:

“This event takes the large beer festival out of the exhibition halls and puts it into the place where beer tastes best – the pub.  We’re so pleased to have so many great breweries joining us this year from all over the UK, and each will be curating their own particular brand of pub experience in one of Brighton’s unique pubs. With the addition of the beer tent this year, the event is more ambitious than ever, and so we’re pleased to have the marvellous Brixton Brewery joining us on this exciting ride.”

Laine opened its first brewery, Brighton’s North Laine Brewhouse, in 2014, and began selling experimental beers into pubs throughout the city the following year. The brewer’s innovative core range consists of five craft beers: Source, a citrus session pale ale and the brewer’s first ever beer; Rippa!, a session IPA with flavours of grapefruit, lemon and pine; Word, a crisp and refreshing lager; Fader, a juicy IPA with tropical notes; and Mangolicious, an experimental pale ale.

VERDANT, TOAST , WHIPLASH DUBLIN, QUEER, SIREN, BEAK, FIERCE, SOLVAY SOCIETY, BRIXTON, FIVE POINTS, SIGNATURE, THORNBRIDGE, TINY REBEL, COALITION, NORTHERN MONK, CLOUDWATER, GUN, LAINE, BREW YORK, LAGUINTAS, NORTH BREWING, SALT BEER FACTORY

Confirmed takeovers include

  • THE BLACK LION X VERDANT
  • THE EARTH AND STARS X TOAST
  • THE FIDDLERS ELBOW X WHIPLASH DUBLIN 
  • THE ACTORS (MARLBOROUGH) X QUEER
  • NORTH LAINE BREWHOUSE X HOME BASE PUB
  • THE WHITE RABBIT X SIREN
  • EAST STREET TAP X BEAK
  • THE WORLD’S END X FIERCE
  • THE FOUNTAIN HEAD X SOLVAY SOCIETY
  • THE MASH TUN X BRIXTON 
  • THE PULL & PUMP X FIVE POINTS
  • DEAD WAX SOCIAL X SIGNATURE 
  • THE BATH ARMS X THORNBRIDGE
  • THE HOPE & RUIN X TINY REBEL 

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