Sussex brewery helps local pubs out of lockdown with free beer offer

A Sussex brewery is doing its bit to help local pubs get back on their feet after the easing of lockdown - by offering them free beer.

Brewers Hepworth & Company, based near Billingshurst, have made a new pale ale called Tier Drop which they are giving away to local landlords.

The ale - made with locally grown barley and hops - will be available to pubs within a 30-mile radius of the brewery.

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Customers can order up to three casks of the beer per order which Hepworths will provide for free, although landlords will still have to pay beer duty.

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The initiative will run from April to July 2021 to support landlords after the devastating effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on the hospitality industry.

Head brewer and managing director Andy Hepworth said: “The last year has seen one of Britain’s greatest institutions - our pubs - bear the brunt of successive lockdowns and so with their reopening, we wanted to help as much as we can.

“We decided to support them with free, good quality beer as they could serve customers once again.

“It is only a drop in the ocean, but we are open to doing what we can to support our local pubs.”

Hepworth & Company, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, has a range of 14 beers and lagers. The company says many of its beers are gluten free and suitable for vegans.

Many of the company’s beers are stocked in national retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Coop, Tesco, Waitrose, and Morrison’s.

Hepworth & Company is also leading the way when it comes to sustainability in brewing, being the proud pioneer of a beer sourced heat pump, which is powered by their own solar panels.

Tier Drop is available to order now. See visit