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New beer created to help Eastbourne Pier traders

A new beer has been created to help traders suffering since a devastating fire destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier.

The Long Man Brewery in East Sussex has teamed up with Eastbourne-based Curious Beer Club to support businesses affected by last month's blaze.

All profits up to #10,000 from the sale of the Craft Pier beer will go into a benevolent fund to help firms get back into business.

"Everyone connected to Eastbourne felt the pain of seeing a fundamental part of our heritage go up in smoke. The Curious Beer Club came to us with an idea and we immediately wanted to help."

– Jamie Simm,The Long Man Brewery, based in Litlington, near Eastbourne

"When we heard about the fire we knew we could do something to help, it was just a matter of finding a progressive local brewer."

– Adam McNaught-Davis, co-founder of the Curious Beer Club

The fire on July 30 left the dome-shaped amusement arcade near the 144-year-old pier's entrance a scorched shell. Everyone escaped unharmed.<

It was initially suspected that an electrical fault could have caused the blaze, but Sussex Police are now treating it as "suspicious". No arrests have been made.

A Taste Of History

They were once a familiar sight in our towns and cities. Most breweries used dray horses to deliver barrels of beer to pubs and ale houses, but sadly they were made redundant by mechanised horse power.

Now, though, a brewery in Sussex is turning back the clock and its horses are becoming a firm favourite with people with in and around Lewes. Charlotte Wilkins has been to see them at work.

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Bottle of Britain takes on the world

Britain's oldest brewer is to take on the world. Shepherd Neame, based in Faversham, have agreed a deal with an international distributor to sell their products around the globe.

They are hoping to cash in on what is seen as an increasing thirst for British beer in overseas markets. Alongside this deal, the company has also agreed to tie up with a North American brewer which will see it expand existing output in Canada and the United States.