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On 14 Jul 2011 at 12:47pm down from barnsley wrote:
Hi all. Recently moved down from barnsley to sunny lewes, which I suppose makes me a dfb... a slightly more working class dfl.
I'm a bit of a beer nut and love all the Harvey's beer that I've tried. We never got any up yorkshire way. I want to know what ones to look out for and what are the best beers. I hear they have a microbrewery as well and wondered what special beers they were brewing... if any?
On 14 Jul 2011 at 1:59pm Taff wrote:
Look at their website.
From an AFW!
On 14 Jul 2011 at 2:14pm IDM wrote:
bonfire boy and the christmas ale are quite special! seasonal ales ftw
On 14 Jul 2011 at 2:41pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Wait til September when The Old Ale comes out, reet gradely
On 14 Jul 2011 at 2:50pm hi wrote:
Bonfire boy gets my vote. Its the best.
On 14 Jul 2011 at 2:54pm hi wrote:
Let's have a poll webbo
On 14 Jul 2011 at 3:54pm Kronie boy wrote:
It's all warm flat shyte
On 14 Jul 2011 at 4:01pm Harveys or Harvey's wrote:
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On 14 Jul 2011 at 7:57pm Julia Squeezer wrote:
Harveys Best has made me what I am today. On my 50th. birthday we took 50 people on a brewery tour and ended up singing traditional drinking songs in the sampling room, where the acoustics are brilliant.
I deeply love the South Down Harvest Ale (5%) but am fairly glad it's only available in September, or I'd be permanently wrecked.
On 14 Jul 2011 at 8:12pm wrecked wrote:
Love Harveys - one of the reasons i love lewes - the smell ! Trouble this month is the 'seasonal' being Tome Paine at 5% - nice un-heavy ale for summer eh Miles ? I know I know, just say no.
On 14 Jul 2011 at 10:58pm Deelite wrote:
"Harveys Best has made me what I am today."

On 14 Jul 2011 at 11:15pm Mercian wrote:
Harveys is great, Dark Star is (arguably) slightly greater... although only just.
I prefer Harveys lighter brews - Olympia and Copperwheat.
Oh, and the Porter. Which is obvoiusly not light at all. BUt is wonderful.
On 15 Jul 2011 at 8:21am stevet wrote:
Harveys Best, Old, Porter and Bonfire Boy are their best. However I think Dark Star's lighter beers (Hophead, APA etc) and their seasonals are superior to the Harveys equivalents. I find some of the Harveys seasonals a bit sweet - Kiss and Copperwheat in particular, ok for one pint but no more.
Dartk Star Hophead in particular is superb - so much flavour in a 3.8% session beer!
On 15 Jul 2011 at 9:06am Down from Barnsley wrote:
Thanks for the useful comments and ones to look out for. I have been on the website, but obviously there are a lot of brews that I haven't tried as they're seasonal. I also can't find anything about one's from the micro brewery. I've heard rumours about one off brews for a new building in Lewes, the football club, a shop in town and a restaurant in town. Anyone know about these?
Thanks for all the help. I look forwards to trying Harvest Ale
On 15 Jul 2011 at 9:15am Taff wrote:
DFB, wait until the autumn then ask for 'mother in law'
On 15 Jul 2011 at 9:52am huw wrote:
We did have the Harveys/Dark Star collaboration brew up at the Elly (Brown Bess at 5 and a bit percent).
It was a lovely drop, a nutty, brown ale style.
Don't think there's any left though.
The Brewers are due to get one that's on draft for the first time, but I've forgotten what it is.
On 15 Jul 2011 at 11:05am giveitarest wrote:
Harvey's did a bottled beer for the Pells recently, which I didn't see on the website and haven't seen anywhere except the night Tongue & Groove were on. Sort of strong IPA, and it was lovely.
I agree that the Old is the one. Bonfire Boy is terrific, but it seems like even popular pubs like the Ellie only get the odd barrel or two.
Have to say, I've never come across a beer which varies as much between brews as Best. Quite odd.
On 15 Jul 2011 at 11:07am Down From Barnsley wrote:
I know a beer which seems to change with the seaons, Timothy Taylor Landlord. Its notoriously difficult to keep and changes as often as I change my pants.
Thanks all, great help
On 15 Jul 2011 at 12:34pm Mr Forks wrote:
Bonfire Boy is great as is the Christmas Ale, heartwarming stuff!
On 15 Jul 2011 at 12:47pm huw wrote:
Harveys is a very changeable brew, from season to season and from batch to batch.
Not had a problem with Timothy Taylor though, is very lively, but as long as you vent it properly it's not a problem. (It's on all year round up at the Elly if you fancy DFB)
On 15 Jul 2011 at 3:11pm Independent thinker wrote:
Nobody has mentioned Armada yet. One of the better ales to drink out of bottles which can be bought year round from the brewery. Hardly ever see it on draft though, outside of the JHT occasionally. There's a refreshingness (is that a word?) to it that even committed lager drinkers I know like. And DFB, you'll be pleased to know that you can bring in reusable containers to the brewery shop and have them filled up from a choice of about 4 different draft beers. You need to drink them up pretty quickly, but I've never found that a problem.
On 15 Jul 2011 at 8:35pm found out wrote:
Very inspired brewer, the one from Dark Star. When they owned the Gardeners he was playing with making a close match Harveys Best - I think it was under names Gardeners or Lewes No.1, No.2, No. 3 etc. Well I was in there one night when Miles came in & ordered a pint of Harveys, held it up to the light, nosed it for quite a time, sipped it & came out with the immortal words "This beer has nothing to do with me". Fooled us though !
On 17 Jul 2011 at 10:15am Chailey Mouse wrote:
I recently moved back into the area and I have to say that I really missed Harveys. It doesn't travel at all well - but why is that?
(Just for the record, the worst pint I ever had was in Horsebridge - though the best might be the Six Bells in Chiddingly...)
When the Old comes around, then life gets just that little bit better :-)
On 21 Jul 2011 at 5:23pm Richard wrote:
It's the variety that's great. Everything from Mild (which has a really nice flavour and texture, quite unexpected) to Elizabethan. Favourite? Probably Bonfire Boy.
Travels OK if kept well. Great evening once in the Royal Oak (the only Harveys' pub in London), but I've had much rougher pints in pubs where the landlord doesn't look after his cellar, much closer to Lewes.
On the Apostrophe issue: IMHO: Harvey & Sons = Harveys. A pub of Harveys = a Harveys' pub = heaven.

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