Calling all craft beer lovers, there’s a brand new hotspot in town and it kicks off tonight at 5pm with the first 103 punters receiving beers on the house.
Those cheeky chaps from Bison Beer have opened their third site in the city and we couldn’t be more excited. Having first opened the doors to their institutional bottleshop on East Street in 2015 – listed in the top 10 craft beer shops in the UK according to Shortlist - they’ve been busy celebrating Brighton (and Hove) ever since. Rated inside the country’s top 50 breweries for over 2 years, their beers have been stocked in the likes of Selfridges, featured in The Sunday Times and will of course be permanently available at the new premises on North Road.
From their base at 7 East Street, the boys teamed up with local restaurant, 64 Degrees to put on regular beer and food tastings. When Burger King put in a bid to take the lease at number 80 they joined forces to offer an alternative. The Bison Arms was born, and raised over £150,000 in crowdfunded capital to see off the fast food franchise. Although the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful (the private Landlord’s preference for a tenant with deeper pockets proving fatal to the community focused project), the prospect gave Bison a taste of things to come. Last year they opened the doors to a second site in Hove and collaborated a wide range of street food operators in the area to put on experimental events featuring the best British breweries they could entice down to the seaside.
Humble Plates popped up in Hove for the first time in February 2018, along with Berkshire based brewery, Siren. The event was so successful that they were invited back in April to team up with The Kernel – the Godfather of craft beer in this country - and when that proved even more popular, Humble and Bison sat down for a beer to plan something more permanent…
103 North Road is a bold and experimental concept that has been brewed in partnership with Bison’s original brand designer / illustrator, Dan Walters of See Creatures, and realised with the expertise of designer / architects We Like Today. To match the brave aesthetics, Humble Plates Head Chef, Dan Cotton (trained at nearby neighbours, Chilli Pickle, before leading the kitchen at the Crabtree gastropub for three years), aims to execute an exciting yet accessible offering of snacks, small plates and sharing options, many of which will be sourced from local suppliers.
Recently, the North Laine area has seen some innovative new venues push the Brighton food and drink scene further forward with a bunch of indies such as Fatto A Mano, Polpo and The Pond opening up to compliment the established likes of La Choza, Isaac At and Ten Green Bottles. Bison’s bar, kitchen & hideout hopes to add even more colour to that vibrant lineup, offering locals and tourists alike more choice when it comes to discovering somewhere exciting to graze.
The Wriggle team are thrilled about this exciting new North Laine venture and fully support our friends Bison Beer and Humble Plates in this exciting new chapter. There are also some delicious Wriggle deals in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled!