Harveys Brewery in Lewes has devised a new beer in honour of Sussex and its patron saint.
St Richard’s Ale (5 per cent ABV) combines six different varieties of hops from Bodiam, Burwash, Northiam, Salehurst, Udimore and Wadhurst in a brew that champions the county’s hop growers.
To celebrate Sussex Day on Monday, June 16, Harveys will be serving samples of the new ale in the brewery yard, off Cliffe High Street, from 11am until 3pm.
Sharing the event will be Sussex breads and cheeses, from Lewes’s Hearth Bakery and Horsted Keynes’s High Weald Dairy respectively.
Samples of Sussex wine, from the Court Garden Vineyard in Ditchling, will also be available. The beer, bread, cheese and wine will be available for sale in the brewery shop throughout the day.
The Sussex flag will be flown from the Harveys pole and local producers will be happy to provide information on their wares.
So come and raise a glass to ‘Sussex by the Sea’ at the county’s oldest independent brewery.
Richard of Chichester (1197-1253) was canonised in 1262. He is the county’s patron saint and, since 2007, his translated saint’s day on June 16 has been celebrated as Sussex Day.
His shrine in Chichester Cathedral, a richly-decorated centre of pilgrimage, was plundered and destroyed by the order of Thomas Cromwell in 1538.