Rudgwick regeneration project provides for whole county

Just over two years old, the regenerated Rudgwick Brickworks site is bringing jobs to the north of the county and brewery-fresh lager to the South Coast.

The regeneration project, led by Harrison Rural Partners, is now nearing completion and has transformed a derelict site, into a thriving hub for local businesses. The project also provides valuable employment to the area; first tenants, Firebird Brewing, have already begun to expand their team and the site continues to create local jobs.

With staff additions, comes greater reach, and Firebird’s arrival in Brighton, has been cemented by the introduction of brewery-fresh Bohemia Pilsner, to the Temple and the Seven Stars – both of which have recently reopened. Renovated by local pub group Indigo, the pubs boast a dazzling array of craft beer, both from local and more established brewers.

“It’s a big deal for a micro-brewery, like us, to be invited to provide our lager in bars like the Temple and Seven Stars,” said Firebird co-founder, Richard Peters “and we’re delighted that Indigo are showing their support for local brewers: It’s very much in keeping with our focus on our own local community.”

Brewery-fresh beer is becoming more and more popular in Brighton, with several breweries providing beer, via this method, to a range of pubs. The beer, which is pumped into pressurised vessels in the pub, comes directly from the brewery vessels. Firebird’s co founder, Bill King, a fifth-generation brewer of rich local heritage, explains: “Brewery Fresh Beer is unpastuerised and unfiltered and it is actually still lagering in the pub. The beer is as fresh as physically possible, as though it had just been poured in the brewery.”

Whilst the impact of the Rudgwick Brickworks regeneration continues to be felt across the county and beyond, Bill and Richard stressed the importance of the Brickworks, and its new businesses, as community assets. Bookham and Harrison (makers of the famous Sussex Charmer cheese) have already opened a café and deli on the site, and the Firebird directors hope that their brewery shop, indoor beer garden and regular brewery tours, will help to ensure engagement with the local community and visitors from across Surrey and Sussex.

And now the Brickworks is coming alive for Christmas with Firebird’s Winter Brewfest. Mr Peters explained: “We’ve got a great party planned; We have a huge selection of our beers on, local ciders and gins, music, dancing and loads more. It really should be a great community day!”

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