The Brewery

Harveys of Lewes is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex and is still in the Harvey family after eight generations.

The history of brewing at Harveys dates back over 200 years and the impressive Victorian Gothic tower is a Lewes landmark which has been adapted over the past 150 years to house a modern brewing plant whilst still producing beer made in the traditional way.

Harveys is still very much a local brewery – our beers are distributed within around a 50 mile radius and we pursue a policy of local sustainability. Our hops come from Sussex, Kent and Surrey and the ‘Spent Hops’ find their way back to the land as fertiliser. Harveys ‘Spent Grains’ are fed to the dairy herd at nearby Plumpton Agricultural College.

Spring water for brewing is drawn via an artesian well 60 feet below our premises. This and our yeast strain, used for half a century, combine to produce a range of beers encompassing every style from Porter to Light Milds.

Our flagship Sussex Best Bitter evolved in the post war period and is Harveys most popular and recognisable ale. It has recently been voted Champion Best Bitter of Britain for two consecutive years.

At the 2012 International Beer Challenge, Harveys ales scooped 3 Golds, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronzes in this highly regarded annual event. At the 2010 World Beer Awards our Old Ale was voted the World’s Best Mild; the Christmas Ale voted Europe’s Best Barley Wine and Europe’s Best Strong Stout was awarded to our Imperial Extra Double Stout.

Our Head Brewer, Miles Jenner, was voted Brewer of the Year 2009 by the British Guild of Beer Writers.

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