Posts Tagged ‘beer’

The Bevy; a co-op run for Bevendean, Brighton

Posted 03 Feb 2013 — by Jonathan
Category Beer, General, Share

Brighton is pretty spoiled for places to get a drink; we have a jolly impressive 278 pubs for 250,000 residents, but of course that doesn’t mean that every community is equally well represented. The area of Moulsecoomb (which includes the huge Bevendean and Bates Estates) contains over 18,000 residents, and is thought to be one of the most populated areas in the county without a local. Since police closed down the troublesome Bevendean pub in 2010, residents have nowhere to drink and (more importantly) nowhere to hang out and talk.

So what’s the answer? The answer is The Bevy.

The Bevendean Pub, founded by residents of Moulsecomb and Bevendean, will be the first co-op run pub on a city estate in the UK. The pub is happening because of collaboration and social capital, with locals and supporters of the project buying shares in the pub and gaining a say in its future in the process. The aim is to “create a place to eat, meet, drink, study and relax in the heart of [the] community!”, incorporating a pub, a cafe, a community kitchen and garden, as well as meeting rooms and play areas. They’ll grow their own salad, make good coffee and even collaborate with the excellent Brighton Bier Company to provide their own local ale. What a bloody brilliant idea it is.

In order to make this happen, the pub needs a lot of backing – so they’re offering shares at a minimum price of £10. I spent ten minutes chatting to the organisers at Seedy Sunday in Brighton today and invested a small amount in the project through their website when I got home. If you live in Brighton, care about pubs (18 close a week in the UK, you know) or want to encourage local, community solutions to societal problems, please consider getting involved. Buying a share through paypal took me less than 2 minutes – and made me feel good all evening.

Here are the links you need:
The Bevy on Twitter
The Bevy’s own website
Their prospectus [17mb]
The Bevy on Friendface

Ace.

Continuing adventures with beer

Posted 10 Sep 2012 — by Jonathan
Category Beer

My established love of beer is fast becoming an obsession, I think – something which has been much encouraged by the existence in Brighton of (a) a truly excellent off license – Trafalgar Wine at the top of the North Laine – and (b) some terrific pubs which are bringing in more and more imported and speciality beers. I’ve recently subscribed to @beerbods, too – a really excellent service which, for the price of £36, provides 12 bottles of excellent beer (one a week for 3 months) that come with all sorts of social media bells and whistles and, most importantly, tasting notes – which is great for a heathen like me.

More on Beer Bods to follow; check out their website here:

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Assistant Blog on beer #1

Posted 05 Jul 2010 — by Jonathan
Category General