Join the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce on a tour of historic Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes, East Sussex.

After a two year waiting list, we are going behind the scenes at Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes to hear about Harvey’s brewing heritage followed by an informal sampling session and a chance to talk to the brewers.

Renowned throughout the South East for its wonderful range of traditional cask ales, the ales are unpasteurised and known as the ‘champagne of beers’ due to the selection of the finest raw materials, combined with unique ‘local’ conditions brewed within a traditional brew-house. The oldest independent family brewery in Sussex, Harvey’s has been established in Lewes since 1790, with a member of the eighth generation currently working there.

The brewery not only boasts of being one of the finest examples of brewery architecture, but even has it’s own well and source of water, and a yeast strain that was introduced in 1957 from the John Smith’s Brewery! In 1880, part of the original Georgian brewery was rebuilt and is an example of a country brewery with a facade in a rustic Neo-Gothic design of the Victorian era, a listed building at Grade II. Behind it stands another half, the Georgian fermenting room, cellars and Vat House.

In 1984, a second brewing line was completed doubling production capacity from 25,000 to 50,000 barrels a year. The building for this plant has been added in front of the Tower in a similar Gothic style, such as an arched ironwork window.


In 2016, after many years of keg beers being absent from the brewery’s portfolio, a limited range of them was introduced. Also in 2016 the company made its first entry into the canned beer market with a range that included its flagship Sussex Best Bitter.

Numbers are strictly limited so book early. Ticket bookings are limited to a maximum of 2 per person.
Please note that there are a number of stairs to negotiate during the course of the tour. We urge you not to drink and drive, so do car-share with a non-drinker or use public transport, (there are a number of bus and train connections close to the brewery).

Cancellation policy: Places are limited and events usually oversubscribed. Please give 2 working days’ notice via email or you must pay for your place in full.