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Gun Brewery – Taproom and Brewery Tours in The Heart of the Sussex Weald

September 15, 2022

Gun Brewery have been perfecting the art of making beer since 2014. Based on an organic farm just outside Chiddingly, working in harmony with the local environment the brewery have created a sustainable business generating their own solar power as well as great beer! In 2020, and with 2 million pints under their belt, the team decided they were ready to expand. Cue the build of a brand new brewery, including cold store, production space and most importantly a tap room where guests can visit the site and sample the goods. Fast forward to May this year and the build is complete. Taproom open. Beer waiting to be sampled. Living locally I’d heard many good things about Gun Brewery and was eager to see what they’d created – so I popped over one sunny Sunday afternoon with family in tow, to see for myself and of course, taste some of the good stuff.

About the Taproom

Located on Gun Hill the Taproom is open between Thursday and Sunday every week. They serve 12 keg and 4 cask lines of their own brews, as well as wine and soft drinks. They also host a variety of local pop-up food vendors serving a wide range of food options from crepes, tacos, tagine and pizza. They have a list of dates with planned vendors on their website and social media to make it easy to plan for specific tastes. Children and dogs on leads are welcome.

The taproom is in a stunning location, embracing its rural roots with sweeping views across the surrounding farm land. There’s plenty of seating both inside and out with a large terrace perfect for taking in hazy sunsets with a cold one.

For anyone wanting to follow the beer making journey first-hand the brewery offer tours where you can learn about the history of Gun and their beer making process while enjoying a few samples on the way. Tours cost £20 and take around an hour to complete.

I’m not a beer expert but I like quite the light refreshment of a cold lager. I was recommended sampling a selection of IPA Flights (small glasses of beer allowing you a taste without committing to a full pint) including How’s the Serenity?, Summer Dry Hopped and Spin Drift. All quite distinct in their own flavours Summer Dry Hopped won me over with its delicious citrus tones. Beer in hand it was time to order some food.

We chose to visit when The Dough Miky Pizza was on offer knowing this would be a hit with the kids. We weren’t disappointed. Freshly baked, doughy delights covered in bronzed mozzarella provided the perfect pairing for our beers. Happy tummies with plenty of space for the kids to roam.  What more could you want? We were really impressed with our visit to the brewery – staff were welcoming and knowledgeable and the setting really is hard to beat. If only they provided a taxi service too….!

For the latest updates on opening times and brewery tours please check the Gun Brewery website here.

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