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Brighton Tap Takeover 2018: south coast’s biggest craft beer festival returns

Brighton will be the centre of the beer world once again this April, when the third annual Brighton Tap Takeover ( takes place in the city, from April 27-29.

The festival sees 15 city centre pubs (including Dead Wax Social, East Street Tap and Bath Arms) dedicated to craft beer for the whole weekend, creating the world’s biggest craft beer pub crawl. Over 100 different craft beers, from 18 breweries, will be available on tap. A huge variety of brews will be available from porters to extra pales as well as several gluten-free and vegan beers.

Breweries taking part include New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys (found at East Street Tap), Somerset’s Wild Beer Co, Leed’s North Brew Co, Newcastle’s Wylam (at Dead Wax Social) and London’s One Mile End, Gipsy Hill and Four Pure. First Chop from Manchester and Berkshire’s Wild Weather will be bringing 100% vegan brews to this year’s festival.

Leading Sussex breweries are also represented at the festival with local favourites Two Tribes, Laine Brew Co and Lost & Found, taking over a pub each for the weekend. Others, including Hand Brew Co, Burning Sky and Cloak & Dagger, will showcase craft brews at the Fiddler’s Elbow. The North Laine Brewhouse serves again as the festival hub, where wristbands and maps will be available – as well as a brand-new range of keg beers for sampling across 36 separate taps.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘collaboration’ with attending brewers bringing some of their most exciting collaborative beers, most of which will be pouring in Brighton for the first time. The North Laine Brewhouse will collaborate with Resident – Brighton’s premier record shop – producing a mash-up of sound and brewing, with a special music-inspired beer and festival playlist.

In addition to the beer takeover, festival goers can look forward to special entertainment and events curated by the guest breweries in most of the venues.

Wristbands for the event – which come pre-loaded with four beers, a can to take away, swag bag and priority entry are available now for £15 from