Founded 1790. The brewery must be one of the loveliest examples of a Victorian Tower brewery in the country.
Harvey's beers are very distinctively-flavoured. It's a matter of great regret for Beermad that, as a Sussex-born boy, he absolutely hates the flavour of them. It's not that there's anything wrong with them - quite the contrary - but the distinctive flavour is just not to his taste even though he has a great respect for Harvey's Beers.
It was reported that the brewery was seriosely damaged in the floods of October 2000, with a suggestion that the brewery's well may have been either contaminated or destroyed. Fortunately, it was possible for brewing to recommence sooner than expected and Harvey's ales are again available.
Apprently brewery tours are so popular that there's a 2 year waiting list!
According to the first edition of the Good Beer guide it was 'Difficult to find real ale.'
45 Real Ales recorded
(plus 12 aliases)
1805 Porter Brewed for the Lord Nelson, Brighton.
1859 Porter 4.8% (AKA Porter) Brewed March. The bottled version of this had to be renamed for the US market due to fears that Americans would consider the fact that the beer wasn't being brewed in 1859 to be a sign of some sort of fraud. It was suggested that Harvey's simply say that it was brewed just before 7 PM.
Armada Ale 4.5%
BB (og 1040) (AKA Best Bitter)
Best Bitter (og 1040) (AKA BB)
Best Bitter 4% (AKA Sussex Best Bitter)
Bicentenary Stout 8.0%
Bluebell Celebration 5.5%
Bonfire Boy 5.8%
Brown Bull 5.0%
Family Ale 2.2%
Forward's Choice 3.5%
Georgian Dragon Ale 4.7%
Hadlow Bitter 3.5% Brewed for the Fiddling Monkey in Hadlow, to the same recipe as Long Man IPA but using hops grown in Hadlow.
Hadlow Pale Ale 3.5% (AKA IPA, Pale Ale, PA)
Harvest Moon 3.7%
Imperial Extra Double Stout 9.5%
Imperial Russian Stout 9.0%
IPA 3.5% (AKA Hadlow Pale Ale, Pale Ale, PA)
Knots of May 3%
Lewes Castle Brown Ale 4.8%
Light Mild 3.0%
Longman IPA 3.5% (AKA Longman Pale Ale)
Longman Pale Ale 3.5% (AKA Longman IPA)
Longman's Pride 3.5%
Mayday Mild 3.0%
Old Ale 4.3% (AKA XXXX,Sussex Old Ale)
Olympia Ale 4.2%
PA 3.5% (AKA IPA,Pale Ale,Hadlow Pale Ale)
Pale Ale 3.5% (AKA IPA,Hadlow Pale Ale, PA)
Porter 4.8% (AKA 1859 Porter) Brewed March. The bottled version of this had to be renamed for the US market due to fears that Americans would consider the fact that the beer wasn't being brewed in 1859 to be a sign of some sort of fraud. It was suggested that Harvey's simply say that it was brewed just before 7 PM.
Prince of Denmark 7.5%
Quarter Ale 3.0% A one-off dry-hopped variant of Knots of May Mild.
September Porter 4.8%
South Down Harvest Ale 5%
Special Old 4.5%
Star of Eastbourne East India Ale 5.5%
Sussex Best Bitter 4% (AKA Best Bitter)
Sussex Dark Mild 3% (AKA Sussex Mild,Sussex XX Mild)
Sussex Mild 3% (AKA Sussex XX Mild, Sussex Dark Mild)
Sussex Old Ale 4.3% (AKA XXXX,Old Ale)
Sussex Pale Ale 3.5%
Sussex Wild Hop 3.7%
Sussex XX Mild 3% (AKA Sussex Mild, Sussex Dark Mild)