Back to our final visit to the South Coast and the county of West Sussex. Created in 1974 when the county of Sussex, South Saxons, was split in two in the reorganisation. The oldest human habitation remains in Britain were found in the county at Eartham Pit, Boxgrove. There are other prehistoric monuments include Devil’s Jumps, Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring hill forts. The Romans built villas and roads throughout the area including Stane Street. Sussex was first noted in AD477 in the Anglo Saxon Chronical, a noted publication of its day presumably. The Kingdom of Sussex was later absorbed into Wessex.
The English Channel is to the south of the county and the Weald runs across it with the rivers Arun and Adur which flow Southwards. Much of it is chalk and clay but with some areas of sandstone.
The economy was largely agricultural with cattle particularly suited to the grasslands. The county has the highest sunshine record of any English county.
The largest settlements are Worthing, Crawley, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Shoreham by Sea and Horsham.
On Ratebeer we have a total of 49 Breweries listed with 37 currently active and 12 closed. Of these just 3 are Client / Commissioner breweries. The brewery we have with the largest range is Weltons Brewery of Horsham (Est 1995) with 183 beers listed.
The oldest Brewery we have listed is King & Barnes of Horsham (Est 1906). Initially the brewery was called Satchell & Co established in 1800 but bought out by James King in 1906 and named King & Sons. This was immediately merged with another Horsham brewery G H Barnes & Co forming King & Barnes Brewery. The company was taken over by Hall and Woodhouse (Badger) and the brewery closed, it is now a housing estate. The pub estate is also now run by Hall & Woodhouse.
The oldest currently active brewery is Gribble Brewery of Oving (Est 1987), a brewpub also owned by Hall & Woodhouse at one point but now run by independent owners.
The 2020 Ratebeer awards gave best Brewer award to Dark Star Brewing Co. of Partridge Green (Est 1994), owned by the Japanese Asahi co. The Best beer award was for Dark Star Trail Ridge IPA. No award was made for new Brewer.
The Top 10 beers for West Sussex are –
- Dark Star Hophead Citra R
- Sussex Small Batch Tiramisu Stout
- Dark Star Green Hopped IPA
- Dark Star Imperial Stout
- Little Monster Squash Court
- Dark Star 1910 Porter R
- Dark Star Victorian Ruby Mild
- Dark Star Belgian IPA R
- Dark Star Critical Mass
- Ridgeway Imperial Russian Stout
The Top Bars / Pubs in West Sussex are –
- Anchored in Worthing, Worthing – 77
- Brooksteed Alehouse – 76
- Brewery Shades, Crawley – 76
- Gribble Inn, Oving – 74
- Selden Arms, Worthing – 72
The Top 5 Raters of beers from West Sussex are –
You will require a healthy 65 beers to get into the West Sussex Top 50.
The person who resides in West Sussex with the most ratings is –
@TheKernOwl who appears to have ceased rating with us in 2018. The person who is rating currently living in West Sussex with the most ratings is @sam_uk93