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Cheers to Worthing’s craft beer scene


Laurence Dumbleton from The Old Bike Store, Gareth Harries from Beer No Evil, Tom Flint from Bottle & Jug Dept and Gemma Clegg from Beer No Evil

Beer lovers should head to Worthing this month for the first Worthing Tap Takeover, writes Nick Mosley.


Running Friday 22 to Sunday 24 April, the Worthing Tap Takeover raises a glass to independent craft breweries at a variety of independent pubs, bars and shops across the town.


Each venue will be collaborating with their own chosen local or national brewery so they get to curate their own Tap Takeover to fit in with their unique style. Whether it be cask beer, keg beer, traditional styles like Best Bitters or English IPAs right through to the wacky world of barrel aged stouts and sours.


The event is organised by local businesses with a shared goal of celebrating and promoting Worthing’s vibrant beer scene.


“We met with our friends, and fellow indie venue, The Old Bike Store, back in February 2020 to discuss how we could set up a town wide craft beer event”, said Gemma Clegg, co-owner of Worthing’s award-winning craft beer shop Beer No Evil.


With fifteen independent venues and breweries signed up Gemma is excited by the level of engagement.


“The enthusiasm across the town and from breweries has been fantastic. We’ve some

brilliant venues in Worthing which are all independent and unique. Which, we feel, makes

Worthing extra special.”


Bottle & Jug Dept near Worthing Station are one of the business participating. They’ll be partnering with the Little Monster Brewing Company from Chichester and will be hosting a ‘meet the brewer’ tasting event on Thursday 21 April.


“I’m delighted to be a venue for this event and I’m really looking forward to welcoming people into the shop”, said Tom Flint, owner of Bottle & Jug Dept. “We’ve obtained a special licence for the weekend so we can serve drinks for consumption on the premises”.


“Beer in Worthing is going from strength to strength with Hand Brew Co and Cloak & Dagger now brewing in our town”, said Tom.


“There is something for all drinkers in Worthing and – when it comes to beer – traditional cask is making a comeback at the moment. Younger drinkers are appreciating the style now that we have got pubs that treat it properly and look after their beer”.


Co-organiser, Laurence Dumbleton, of The Old Bike Store hopes that the Worthing Tap Takeover will become a regular feature of the town’s annual event calendar.


“It’s great to see all the different breweries that we have involved”, said Laurence. “There really will be something for everyone. That is what Worthing’s beer scene is all about, and we think it’s time to celebrate that.”


For all venues and breweries visit www.worthingtaptakeover.co.uk