As the popularity of craft beer continues to rise, Haywards Heath is a must-visit Sussex beer destination – here’s why.
Haywards Heath boasts a wealth of destinations for the craft beer enthusiast. Whether you’re a cask or keg afficionado, there are amazing locally brewed craft beers right on your doorstep. First up is the Hop Sun Tap, a community focused brewery and taproom owned by Heathen Brewers. Based in a converted abattoir on Triangle Road, they serve a wide range of their own Heathen keg and cask brews alongside a revolving guest selection. Never afraid to experiment, you’ll find punchy IPAs and powerful stouts sitting alongside refreshing lager and pale ales in this completely unique location.
They also have a Toad table here for Sussex Toad enthusiasts. What’s a Toad table I hear you ask? It’s a unique Sussex game, believed to be one of the oldest of all Sussex games. It involves throwing a coin at a table with a hole in it ( it’s a bit more sophisticated than that). There’s even a league and an international competition held in Lewes.
Hoptoberfest in Haywards Heath
If you hurry, you’re still just in time to join in with the Hop Sun’s Hoptoberfest which runs until 1st October. They will have 12 German-themed beers on tap as well as their own Heathen x Bestens collab Hopfenweisen, and there’s a “banging selection of guests” including Cloudwater, Donzoko, Paulaner, Flotzinger, NewBarns and Baybrooke (nope, me neither but word on the street is that it’s going to be good).
The Hop Sun Tap is a local taproom powered by Heathen Brewers committed to bringing the very best craft beers to the community. It is open 3 pm to 9 p.m. Thursday / Friday, Midday to 9 p.m. Saturday and Midday to 7 p.m. Sunday.
More beer please
Less than 10 minutes’ walk on South Road is The Tap, an outlet for Bestens Brewery (Scaynes Hill) which offers its popular core range and a well-researched guest selection. Continuing on to The Broadway, local newcomer Bar 42 offers its take on everything crafty while the Lockhart Tavern rounds off the list with a wide selection of local beers on both cask and keg. Just outside town, the Hairy Dog Brewery (Wivelsfield) is well worth a visit too.
And if that’s not enough, a visit to artisan deli, Grape & Grain (The Broadway) with their extensive local and international range for takeaway should not be missed! Cheers!
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