Brewery toasts success at top beer festival

L-R - At the Tower Pub, London Road, St Leonards -  Peter Page-Mitchell from South East Sussex Branch of Campaign for Real Ale, Brett Ross of Hastings Brewery, CAMRA Eastbourne Beer Festival Organiser Phil Cozens, and Andy Mason, Pauline Mason and Pete Mason of Hastings Brewery.
L-R - At the Tower Pub, London Road, St Leonards - Peter Page-Mitchell from South East Sussex Branch of Campaign for Real Ale, Brett Ross of Hastings Brewery, CAMRA Eastbourne Beer Festival Organiser Phil Cozens, and Andy Mason, Pauline Mason and Pete Mason of Hastings Brewery.
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A MICROBREWERY based in St Leonards is toasting success after scooping a prestigious award (CHECK)

Hastings Brewery, based at William The Conqueror industrial estate, won beer of the festival at the recent Eastbourne Beer Festival

Peter Page-Mitchell of the South East Sussex CAMRA branch presented them with their award last Friday at the Tower pub in London Road, St Leonards.

Drinkers were asked to vote for their favourite beer at the three day event and the brewery’s Handmade 5 won hands down.

A pale ale using Australian Galaxy hops, the beer wowed the thousands of beer buffs who attended the festival beating 150 other tipples.

Peter said “With 150 beers to choose from it was a really amazing result for a local brewery to take this award.

“I have watched the development of Hastings Brewery over the last few years and can say they produced excellent beers and I was proud to present the Beer of the Festival Plaque to them.”

Brett Ross, head brewer at Hastings Brewery, added “We’re all really pleased to have won at our local CAMRA beer festival. It’s a great honour, particularly as it was the drinkers themselves who voted for it.”

The business has come a long way since the summer of 2010 when Andy and Pete first bought a brewery kit from eBay and started experimenting.

They eventually created Hastings Best and Hastings Blond. In August 2010, they rented a unit at the Britannia Enterprise Centre in Hastings.

In June 2011 they moved to a bigger site at the William the Conqueror estate in Moorhurst Road. It now produces 3500 pints of beer a week with most distributed to freehouses in East Sussex. The award follows a successful summer where they saw Hastings Porter win gold at this year’s Society of Independent Brewers South East Regional Competition as well as being awarded Beer of the Festival at Maidenhead CAMRA Beer Festival.