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Bison Beer Crafthouse, Hove

Pub added by paulof horsham
57 Church Road

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Pub SignMan left this review about Bison Beer Crafthouse

Located on the main road from Brighton through the centre of Hove, this is a small craft beer bar run by the local Bison Beer brewery and bottleshop. The bar doesn’t look out of place along this road lined with numerous pubs, restaurants and wine bars, occupying a compact, narrow premises that looks like it might be a shop conversion. You enter via a set of steps to a small front patio overlooking a busy and noisy road with the wind howling around, which made for a pretty wild, raucous place to enjoy a quick pint. A few rickety canteen tables and benches have been set up here and a fixed bench runs around the entire perimeter. Foldable doors at the front of the bar were opened out when I arrived, leading me into the small single room interior with dark floorboards, three high tables with bar stools down the left-hand side and a drinking ledge with more high stools to the right. The left-hand wall has a series of fridges built into large shelving units along its length, all obviously stocked with many bottles and cans, whilst the shelves were strewn with fairy lights and decorated with old beer bottles, cans and other such beer-themed items. The servery is to the rear of the room, up a couple more steps, and has a basic counter in front of a pump clip lined bar back. A couple of TV screens, including one above the bar, were being used to helpfully list the full draught range. Despite having the doors wide open at the front, the room felt like it was dimly lit and this helped create quite a nice, almost cosy feel, although whether I would have felt that perched on one of the high stools, I couldn’t say. The staff didn’t make much effort to ensure track and trace was adhered to and tables were a free for all, which caused me a problem when the final remaining table was snapped up by someone whilst I was ordering at the bar – a problem thankfully resolved by an outdoor table coming free by the time I’d made it back outside.
There were six craft keg beers available along with the aforementioned vast bottle and can selection, and I picked the Lost & Grounded I Wanna Go To The Sun, which turned out to be a nice, hop-forward brew that went down very well as I sat on the patio hoping the gale force wind wouldn’t topple my pint before I’d finished it.
In some respects, this place is a bit of a craft beer bar-by-numbers, but somehow there was something about it that made me feel very content and settled here. If you’re in the area and looking for some interesting craft beers to work your way through, this place is ideal, and I thought it was a nice way of adding something a bit different to my crawl of predominantly cask-led pubs.

On 28th August 2020 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about Bison Beer Crafthouse

A Craft Bar and Bottle Shop although cans outnumbered the bottles greatly in the fridges on one side wall of the square room. Simple seating both inside and out on the frontage, the bar servery is at the end of the room on a raised area, there are six keg taps,my Burnt Mill Lemondrop Fog was a decent drop. A very busy place.

On 10th August 2019 - rating: 7
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paulof horsham left this review about Bison Beer

Craft beer bottle shop with on-licence for drinking on the premises

On 23rd February 2018 - no rating submitted
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