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Craft Beer Co, Brighton

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Not as big a range as their other pubs, but still a few well-kept offerings were to be had. We had an American-style pale ale each and a couple of keg beers too - one of which was a saison - so nice to have a choice. Quite a young crowd were in, enjoying a few equally young musicians. A good night.
littledrummerboy - 4 Feb 2018 11:34
Having been to a few of this chain's pubs in London, I found this one a little disappointing. The range of beers was much slimmer than in its London counterparts. There were 5 ales - Pig & Porter American Amber, Dark Star Hophead & Hophead Extra, Clerkenwell Pale & Crouch Vale Ten 46. The cider was Lilley's Mango Cider. It's a fairly small establishment on a street corner. There are other decent pubs in this area of Brighton. So I'll probably drop in again some time. But there are better pubs in Brighton.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Feb 2018 19:53
Excellent pub with a huge range of beers (cask & keg). We found it difficult to find a seat - upstairs there were plenty of spaces at tables but when we went to sit down found that they''d had been ''saved'' for people who were apparently coming along later.
If you can find a place to sit, grab it and enjoy the quality beers.
Trequites - 3 Sep 2017 19:03
Good selection of cask and craft beers. Cask ales are good value. Can get busy and sometimes feels a bit impersonal. Prefer the Beer Dispensary down the road.
addlened - 29 Sep 2016 11:37
I know it's a beer pub but come on 5.50 for a glass of house (dry) white is a bit steep, prefered it when it was the PV.
MSE12 - 14 Feb 2014 17:26
just amazing. i mean amazing.

its hard to expand on the comments below. every asepct of our visit from the staff, to the beer, to the layout of the pub, just make this a wonderfull place to have a few beers.

one thing worth mentioning is there is no food menu as such. but a good selection of pies and other freshly made bar snacks are available and are genuinly superb in themselves.

of course ive not done them all, but i would'nt be suprised if this was named best pub in Brighton.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 10 Feb 2014 13:51
The pub Brighton has been crying out for, for years. Really exceptionally well kept beer and an exciting range of at least six on the hand pumps. Friendly and very knowledgeable service and surprisingly modest prices (unless you veer too far to the right of the bar where you find yourself in import territory!) and close to the shops if you need to escape from the shops or the other half for an hour or two.

No food (except for appropriately salty bar snacks) no music, no TVs, no games machines, just good beer and conversation. It's too good to be true surely? Well, the beers of the world menu is a bit pretentious, OK it's very pretentious, but I'll forgive them that. Well done. Very well done indeed.
Maltster - 23 Dec 2013 14:25
goes from strength to strength, staff as knowledgeable and diligent as ever,it cant be easy keeping the punters well-served whilsst at the same time taking the trouble to answer and inform. the staff here manage admirably.
darkman1828 - 5 Oct 2013 19:02
goes from strength to strength, staff as knowledgeable and diligent as ever,it cant be easy keeping the punters well-served whilsst at the same time taking the trouble to answer and inform. the staff here manage admirably.
darkman1828 - 5 Oct 2013 19:01
Brilliant pub, stunning beer quality and a very knowledgeable barmaid. Drank the Jahl, a hoppy session beer. I wish I lived locally.
ericstadd - 23 Jun 2013 22:52
Have been in 3 or 4 times now, including with Mrs Monk who was most impressed, and have dragged the boys along despite one of them moaning about the distance from the station! Excellent range ales, lined glasses and friendly staff. Now a permanent fixture on our Brighton pub crawls. 9/10
Monkdawallydahonk - 19 Jun 2013 15:12
Small one bar establishment, with a small raised area with more seating.
Friendly staff, Brighton Bier Porter very good.
pwilkins - 14 Jun 2013 12:42
had a pint of Kent Cobnut {not named after the famous wrestling commentator} Fri 1st feb. as ever, in great condition, and the staff always diligent and friendly. A must for any brighton beer lover.
darkman1828 - 2 Feb 2013 15:35
What a place! Place looks a bit bare but I can easily get over that with all the positive points. Amazing beer selection, unsurpassed in Brighton. Bottles are imported from all over the world and a little on the pricey side, but my beer geek friend was very impressed, even more so after the staff happily entertained him in a long conversation about Belgian sours.
Very well kept british real ale, and very reasonably priced. Everything is from microbreweries, and the staff were more than happy to answer any questions we had.

hopeNfaith - 13 Dec 2012 16:04
Outstanding, well kept beer and staff who know what they are talking about and have a love of what they are serving - unlike so many other pubs in the area and beyond.
alebarry - 23 Nov 2012 10:45
good beer, you have an excellent choice of all things beery, however the last reviewers recommendation of trying hamptons down the road is an offer fraught with danger in a place like brighton. he,s right though, great to have two top class pubs so near to each other
darkman1828 - 17 Nov 2012 11:59
One of the new breed of beer geek pubs. This one is better than most with a good range of reasonably priced real ales, expensive keg and extortionate bottles. Good service. For a more traditional pub try Hamptons down the road.
baxterfish - 16 Nov 2012 18:57
This pub is all about beer -- even the decor is pictures of breweries.

There are nine handpumps serving a range of ales with an emphasis on well-hopped pale ales, although there are usually a couple of dark ales. Apart from the house beer (brewed by Kent, I believe) the range varies but often includes the likes of Thornbridge, Leeds, Magic Rock, Fyne and Dark Star.
Ale prices are strongly raked by ABV, starting at a very reasonable £2.90 and rising to over a fiver for the strong stuff.

American-style, born-again keg beer is all the rage nowadays, and the Craft doens't dissapoint on that front.
There a no less than 30 taps on their fonts, dispensing a mixture of US and European craft beers. Denmarks Mikeller
and Evil Twin (the breweries are run by two brothers) are a particular favourite. As these beers are specially imported, rather than chosen from a list, prices are high at about £3-£5 for half.

Bottled beer is not overlooked either. The extensive list
includes both favourites (Belgian trappist, London's Kernel brewery) and rarities, some of which are *very* expensive.

The staff are knowledgable and always ready to offer advice and samples. Simple bar snacks are available. Late opening on Fridays and Saturdays.
Uncle_Dunkel - 18 Oct 2012 15:25
Visited on Wednesday 29 August with Bill during a crawl which also included the Basketmakers, Royal Oak, Lord Nelson, Battle of Trafalgar and Pump House. Had three pints, two red/copper coloured and very flavoursome bitters from Prospect and Arbor, and I had the light but bitter pale ale. An excellent pub, and a worthy addition to Brighton’s excellent real ale pubs. Very friendly and helpful bar staff who offered us testers of the ales, which are served in oversized glasses ensuring you get a full pint, which is a massive plus in view of the deliberate serving of short measures which is rife these days. Sensibly priced this is a very pleasant street corner pub just off Dyke Rd and certainly will visit again. 9/10
Monkdawallydahonk - 5 Sep 2012 11:35

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