EVERYONE knows that this part of East Sussex, the districts of Lewes and Wealden, produce some of the finest food and drink in the world.
Now an exciting new venture in real ales has been announced following the launch of a micro brewery at a disused flint barn in Church Farm, Litlington.
The Long Man Brewery, as it has been called, will be selling three varieties so far via HT White & co. These are Long Blonde (3.8 per cent) described as light, golden and hoppy, the traditional Sussex Best Bitter (4 per cent) and Sussex Pride (4.5 per cent), a classic pale ale.
Funding from the Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership (WARR) has helped to install a 20 brewer’s-barrel plant, powered by green energy from the farm’s recently installed photoelectric array.
“Microbreweries are one of a number of evolving business opportunities that are a perfect fit for the outstanding South Downs landscape, helping to ensure the Wealden countryside continues to provide work and economic benefits,” said Wealden District Cllr Roy Galley.
The Long Man Brewery is a joint venture between Duncan Ellis, the owner of Litlington Farm, and Steve Lees, a Director of leading free trade ale supplier in Sussex, HT White and Co Ltd of Eastbourne.
The ales are produced using malting barley grown on the farm.
Duncan Ellis, brewery co-director, said: “This link enables the brewery to promote the increasingly important themes of traceability, home grown ingredients, and reduced food miles.
“At the end of the cycle, spent grain is returned to the farm, where it is used to feed the livestock, which further helps to boost our environmental credentials.”
Head Brewer Jamie Simm added: “Knowing that I can use the highest quality ingredients grown right here on the farm is a brewer’s dream come true. This quality will not only be reflected in our beer - it also helps support the local community.”
The initial market for the real ale range will be in Sussex, and include s pubs, clubs, bars and any licensed outlet that sells real ale from casks in the region.