Founders Best Bitter
Founder's Best Bitter is our award-winning signature ale and the backbone of our brewery. Named in honour of the founder of the original Hurst Brewery, George Thomas Saltmarsh, this ale links the past, present, and future eras of brewing in Hurstpierpoint. Founder's Best Bitter is a rich, dark amber hue, with a rounded malty palate. It is suffused with subtle caramel and orange flavours.
We are extremely proud of our Best Bitter - an unpretentious brew which speaks for itself..
Continuing the Tradition
Our beers are made from the finest English barley, malted to our specifications.
First, the malt is thoroughly mashed - soaked in hot liquor (an old brewing term for water) in the mash tun - to extract its natural sugars, producing a sweet liquid, called 'wort' (pronounced "wert"). In the copper, this wort is brought to a rolling boil, and is infused with the flowers of meticulously-selected hop varieties, added at various stages throughout the boil. 'Alpha acids' in the hops provide the characteristic bitterness ale is known for, whilst delicate hop oils yield the distinctive flavours and aromas of each individual beer.
For most of our ales, we use an old British bottom-cropping yeast culture. This not only gives our ales a distinctive flavour but also serves to directly connect us to the brewing tradition of centuries past.
After fermentation has finished, the beer is chilled down and racked off into hand-welded, stainless-steel casks, then left to mature in our cold-room, developing more complex and refined flavours and aromas as it ages, before being shipped out to our many customers.
In continuing traditional brewing methods, Hurst Brewery adheres to our core values: attention to detail, hard work, and commitment to progress, in order to provide distinctive real ales which are brought to you in perfect condition. Continuing the Tradition.
Keeper's Gold is a smooth, burnished golden ale with a buoyant aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and spice. Its unmistakeable hoppy notes are finely balanced with a simple, yet effective, malt profile, and a subtle infusion of South Downs honey.
We brew our gold ale in celebration of the long history of apiculture (bee-keeping) along the foot of the South Downs. Local beekeeper, Phillip O'Connell, provides the honey that is delicately folded into each brew. It is he who appears on the Keeper's Gold pump clip, tending to one of his hives.
Hurst 700 is a classic, hoppy, blonde ale - the perfect session beer, boasting light floral, citrus, and herbal notes, and a satisfying mouthfeel. A definite thirst-quencher on a hot summer's day!
This is the ale with which we launched our brewery back in 2012. It was initially brewed to mark the 700th anniversary of Edward II granting a charter for the village's annual St Lawrence Fair, one of the longest established village fairs in the country.
Starting life as a seasonal ale, called Winter Watchtower, our Black London Porter is now available all year round. It is a strong, dark beer with a distinctive, earthy bitterness, created by intensely-roasted malted barleys and generous helpings of traditional English hops. These flavours are complemented by a warming late-hop profile, characterised by winter spice and resinous wood, all topped-off with a rich, coffee-coloured head.
Our Watchtower celebrates a well known Hurstpierpoint landmark - the imposing flint folly known locally as Tower House - and it is this historic circular tower, built in 1826 (and boasting English Heritage Grade 2 status), that features on the pump clip