Over the Christmas trading period we found that our 6 pack beer boxes were very popular - not surprising really, they're the perfect gift or stocking filler for anyone with even a passing interest in beer. Two months later and they're continuing to sell well and so we thought we might make them a bit more of a thing. We're not quite at the point where you'll be subscribing to the monthly Crafty Beer Box, but we do think that it would be nice to update it on a regular basis with the beers that we've really enjoyed in recent weeks and that you might enjoy too.

Here's what's in February's box: Magic Rock's 5% West Coast Pale Ale, High WireNorth Brewing's 5% Pale Ale, Sputnik and 6.9% West Coast IPA, Transmission; Signature Brew's 4.0% Studio Pilsner and 7.2% Double IPA, Stagediver and finally, Redwell's 5.9% collaboration coffee stout, Kofra.

To get your £16 Crafty Beer Box, just come and see us at the fantastic Food Rocks Horsham Market at the Carfax every other Saturday or catch us at various festivals and events, details of which will be posted here and on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Meeting us in person also gives you an opportunity to try a fantastic draught beer - Brighton Bier's Pale Ale and 360 Degree's Session IPA have been real favourite's so far this year and coming up next we have an IPA from Wiper and True and a couple of Pales Ales from Dark Star Brewing.




We're this close to being ready to roll; in fact our first gig is less than a week away and so it's literally been all hands to the pumps to get the finishing touches to The Crafty Horse Bar done, including the pumps themselves and our choice of beer.

Now beer and drinks generally are things that we can get pretty excited and passionate about and we've spent the last couple of months buying, tasting and have noted a pretty wide array before settling on what we want to kick off with. Of course, as time goes on we'll adapt to our audience, the seasons and what's on offer;  but for the first outing we wanted to offer what we knew we could get excited about.*

And so when I was out to dinner with a good friend recently and he asked me what we'd do if someone just wanted a pint of (insert name of generic lager/beer), it got me thinking. This needs to be a commercially viable venture and as much as we love beer, we're not doing it just for the love. So would we be cutting off our overly sensitive noses at the expense of sticking to our principles about wanting to serve amazing drinks that maybe our customers wouldn't know? I really hope not but I guess time will tell.

*For the record: Rapture Red Hop Ale and High Wire Pale Ale from Magic Rock Brewing; Sputnik Pale Ale and Transmission IPA from North Brewing; Studio Pilsner, Roadie All Night IPA and Stagediver Double IPA from Signature Brewing, Brooklyn Lager and on draught: Brighton Bier Pale Ale & London Bohemia lager. We also have a great Glera Frizzante sparkling wine on tap and Orchard Pig Explorer cider. Hopefully there's something for everyone.