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Young Sussex brewers plan to open community bar in 2024

Chester Broad and Jamie Newton of Three Acre Brewery

An East Sussex brewery plans to open a tap room in the Uckfield area next year, writes Nick Mosley.

Three Acre Brewery – based at Blackboys near Heathfield – has just celebrated its fourth anniversary. The brewery is the culmination of hard work by three school friends who joined together to begin the business which was born from a home-brewing hobby in one of the lad’s garden sheds.

Over the last four years, hundreds of thousands of pints of Three Acre have been served, and it has become one of the Sussex’s most popular producers of cask ale.

Now the trio are determined to answer the most oft-asked question and open a bar to server their wide range of hand-crafted beers. They’ve increased initial capacity by 1,400 per cent and created nearly two-dozen ales.

“Since we started the brewery, the question we've been asked the most is: have you got a taproom?", said Jamie Newton, head brewery. “Countless times, we've responded with: unfortunately not yet, but it's coming soon... Now, we hope, that can become a reality."

Peter Mayhew of Three Acre Brewery

To kick-start the project, Three Acre has launched a Crowdfunding appeal towards their first Brew Café. Funds.

“Our new Café Bar will be a warm, welcoming and multi-purpose space for the community, with great people, a great atmosphere, and even better beer”, said director Chester Broad. “We will also promote local produce and have first-rate tea and coffee available along with delicious snacks.”

Among the initial tasks are renovating the premises, building a bar, making it warm and inviting, installing cosy furniture, warm lighting, plants, artwork and an audio system. Then the job of recruiting the best local staff begins to make the venture a success.

To discover more about Three Acre Brewery’s project visit


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