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The Laine Pub and Brewing Company announces the return of Brighton's Tap Takeover

Taking place in 20 pubs over three days, and featuring 130 craft beers from 22 different breweries.

The Laine Pub and Brewing Company (Laine) - the business behind 60 of the UK’s best-loved and most innovative pubs - has today announced the return of it’s Brighton Tap Takeover, the country’s biggest city-wide beer festival.

Taking place in 20 pubs all across Brighton from 22nd - 24th October, the festival will feature over 130 craft beers from 22 different breweries, as well as DJs, live music, tasting sessions and ‘Meet the Brewer’ talks.

For the very first time, this year’s event will also feature a huge 300 capacity beer tent in the centre of the city, located a stone’s throw from Laine’s flagship venue and festival hub, North Laine Brewhouse. Weekend tickets cost £20 and include entry, four free half pints of craft beer and discounts on all beers on offer in participating pubs. For tickets and more info, visit

Laine launched Tap Takeover in 2016, with the first edition of the festival taking place in 10 pubs across Brighton. By 2018, 15 pubs were involved and the event attracted 2,000 guests. Now, following a two year hiatus, the festival is returning for its biggest edition yet. As well as featuring all of Laine’s brews on tap, the event will be serving beers from 22 of the UK’s best craft breweries, including Verdant, North, Five Points, Tiny Rebel, and the festival’s headline partner, Brixton Brewery. Participating pubs include: The Black Lion, The Earth & Stars, The Fiddler’s, The Actors, The Mesmerist, North Laine Brewhouse, The White Rabbit, East St Tap, The Western, The Victory, The World’s End, The Fountain Head, The Tempest, The Mash Tun, The Pull & Pump, Dead Wax Social, The Bath Arms, The Hope & Ruin, The New Unity and The Fortune of War. Gavin George, CEO of Laine, comments:

“This event takes the large beer festival out of the exhibition halls and puts it into the place where beer tastes best - the pub. We’re so pleased to have so many great breweries joining us this year from all over the UK, and each will be curating their own particular brand of pub experience in one of Brighton’s unique pubs. With the addition of the beer tent this year, the event is more ambitious than ever, and so we’re please to have the marvellous Brixton Brewery joining us on this exciting ride.”

The festival follows a series of sellout events hosted by Laine in Brighton this year, including a St Patrick’s Day street party at The Fiddler’s Elbow, a huge summer event at The Ancient Mariner, and a number of street parties for Brighton Pride. Laine have also been running the bars at Brighton’s Spiegeltent since 2013, a venue which hosts over 150 shows and more than 100,000 guests each year. Laine opened its first brewery, Brighton’s North Laine Brewhouse, in 2014, and began selling experimental beers into pubs throughout the city the following year. Laine now produces 20,000hl of beer each year, distributed via its 60 pubs in Brighton, London and Birmingham, and nationally to hundreds more pubs via its distribution partners. Laine’s core range consists of five craft beers: Source, a citrus session pale ale and the brewer’s first ever beer; Rippa!, a session IPA with flavours of grapefruit, lemon and pine; Word, a crisp and refreshing lager; Fader, a juicy IPA with tropical notes; and Mangolicious, an experimental pale ale. Fore more information on Laine Pub and Beer Company, visit



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