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Craft beer to raise money for burnt pier

12th August, 2014 by Neal Baker

A UK craft beer has been created to raise funds to restore Eastbourne pier which was recently burnt down.

The pier in Eastbourne was the scene of a huge fire in July (Photo: Oast House Archives)

The pier in Eastbourne was the scene of a huge fire in July (Photo: Oast House Archives)

The Long Man Brewery based in Sussex has teamed up with Eastbourne’s Curious Beer Club to produce the beer, cleverly named Craft Pier.

The Morning Advertiser reports that all profits from the sale of Craft Pier – up to the target £10,000 – will go to the fund set up to support businesses affected by the fire.

Eastbourne Pier suffered from a serious fire last month that gutted out the 140-year-old structure, prompting a visit from Prime Minister David Cameron in the days after as a show of support.

Police are currently treating the incident as suspected arson.

Head brewer at Long Man Brewery, Jamie Simm, told the Advertiser: “When people drink [Craft Pier] they know they’ll be helping those affected rise up again, and hopefully it’ll evoke a real nostalgic sense of the seaside too.”

The brew is a new version of Long Man’s flagship Long Blonde beer with added ingredients including Phoenix hops. It will be sold locally in the seaside town.

Rachel Ainsley, licensee at local pub the Dolphin, said: “The Longman Brewery beers all sell incredibly well and without a doubt Craft Pier will do very well at the pub. The beer will become one of our permanent fixtures here and we are hoping to raise £10,000 from it.

“We are delighted to be involved in helping to raise money for the pier and there’s been a great community effort all round.”

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