Brewery walking tour of Lewes

Ale_v3_webAle and Hearty is running a Brewing walking tour of Lewes with Harveys Brewery head brewer Miles Jenner  on 11am-1pm Sunday 14th July. 

To book your free place for the tour, please email:

We will ask for a small donation on the tour. All donations raised will go towards funding an education resource about Lewes Heritage for local primary schools.

Drinking Songs of the South Downs

ale and hearty singing workshopDrinking Songs of the South Downs –

Free folk song workshop 

 A free one day workshop in Lewes celebrating songs of ale and brewing.
When there was a celebration in the offing,  a war to be fought, or love to be extolled, how better to do it than with a drink!
The folk songs of the South Downs included great howling choruses to the joy of ‘barley brew’ and would have been sung whenever groups of people met together to socialise, be it at the pub, the market, or the fair.
We will teach you these songs in the joyous way they were intended – no ‘finger-in-the ear’ wailing, we promise! We will also give out printed hand-outs with the words to learn the songs more easily.                               
No previous experience of singing required!
‘Emily and the Hares’ – Emily Longhurst, Chris & Ann Hare have been singing together since 2007. Recently they have run the highly successful ‘South Downs Songs Project’ with the South Downs
 Event at: The Lewes Arms, Mt Pleasant, Lewes BN7 1YH

On: Saturday 8th June 10.30-4.30pm

To find out more, or book your free place, please contact Nicola Benge—project coordinator on:  Tel: 07727 006538
Ale and Hearty is a Heritage Lottery Funded Lewes based project, looking at the heritage of brewing in our town: 

Brewed in Brooklyn

rheingold1Was looking for information on oral histories connected to brewing prior to preparing our own oral history interviews on the same theme, when I found this interesting project in Brooklyn, New York, all about local brewing and its heritage.

There’s an interesting film to accompany this here:

And, after two years of conducting interviews, director John Weber is ready to tell the story:

“There were close to 90 breweries at the turn of the 19th century,” he said.
“Brooklyn was known as the beer capital of the world… and it went from 90 to zero in the 1970s.
“As things have turned around in Brooklyn it’s the beer industry that’s helping to lead the renaissance.”
Weber — a New Jersey native who decided to make the documentary along with Kim Bjorheim and Bennett Aube after a Brooklyn beer tour — said he was shocked the “fascinating story” had not yet been filmed.
Weber’s team interviewed Columbia University historian Ken Jackson, Brooklyn Brewery founder Stephen Hindy and local homebrewers as he sought to understand the dramatic evolution of beer in the area.
He even spoke with a former “Miss Rheingold,” the title given to the winners of Rheingold Beer’s bygone beauty pageant used to select a model who would appear on its cans.
“The Miss Rheingold contest could take a girl from the sticks and make her into a superstar,” said Celeste Yarnall, the 1964 winner who acted with Elvis Presley after her victory in the pageant.
“More people voted for Miss Rheingold than for the presidential elections in the New York area,” said Weber of its popularity.