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Welcome to the Sussex Beer Festival

The 27th Festival is confirmed for Thurs 23rd - Sat 25th March 2017 at our new venue: Brighton Racecourse.

March 2017: downloadable programme and beer list changes

The good news: the festival programme (a hard copy of which is provided upon entry to the festival) is now available to download (1.8mb pdf, opens in new tab).

The bad news: some of the beers have changed from the list in the programme (which is the same as the provisional list we published recently)..

The good news again: we can at least tell you what has changed on our Beers page.

March 2017: Sussex ciders and perries

Not only will there be beer on sale at the festival but an excellent selection of local ciders and perries, in fact over forty will be available.

Ciders and perries, made with pears, from the many Sussex producers such as Oakwood, Robertsbridge: South Downs, Wilmington: Village Green, Turners Hill and Wild Thing, Portslade will be on sale as well from other producers around the country.

For those of you in the distribution area, keep an eye out for a competition to win tickets in the Brighton & Hove Independent free newspaper.

March 2017: provisional beer list, plus free transport to the SBCF & ticket outlet update

The first cut of the provisional beer list is now online.

To assist the discerning drinker to the 27th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival to be held at Brighton Racecourse on the 23 – 25 March, shuttle buses are being provided to get to the festival.

Free shuttle buses including the Dark Star Brewery vintage double decker will be running from the Brighton Station car park to and from the venue but not on Saturday evening. A full timetable will be issued on the festival website.

Brighton and Hove buses number 2 and 22 stop outside the racecourse and numbers 21,21A and 23 stop nearby. For full bus details go to

For more information and shuttle bus timetable, see the Venue page.

Please also note that, whilst the Evening Star in Brighton is closed for refurbishment, tickets will be available from The Lord Nelson, Trafalgar Street, Brighton and The Brighton Bier Dispensary, Dean Street, Brighton.

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