The Three Acres
Brewery co-founders Jamie, Chester and Peter became best friends when they were eight years old. An inseparable trio, their days were mostly spent outside, riding bikes and playing cricket – all in the ‘Three Acres’. They still do, with a few evenings at the pub thrown in for good measure.
Growing up in the Sussex countryside, surrounded by farmland, the boys gained a great respect for the outdoors, good beer and the British country pub.
The Beer Festival
The Blackboys is a 14th Century Sussex Inn - and the nearest pub to the Three Acres. We had been to the annual Blackboys Beer Festival every year of our lives, so no pressure launching there! We spent most of the day pacing circles in the Brewery and making their way through the odd anti-stress pint.
The next day, we met some old friends and family and tried Three Acre from a bar for the first time. To cut a long story short - the Three Acre Best and Session Pale were the first barrels at the festival to go empty. All gone by the end of Day Two...
We specialise in cask beer - and there's nothing better than a pint of our beer pulled from a pub tap!
Our beer started appearing in the pubs of Sussex and Kent before it was available anywhere else.
We had a lot of things in our first business plan, but we certainly fell short of predicting a national lockdown. Three Acre’s doors had only been open for around five months before pubs were forced to close theirs.
After a bit of soul-searching, we headed back to the drawing board.
A month of recipe-writing and home-brewing went by, before the West Coast Pale and Extra Pale were born – doubling our line-up. As summer rolled in, we kept ourselves busy creating a new online shop, which we launched alongside cans of our West Coast Pale.
When the second lockdown descended in November, we knew we that we had to do things differently - and Three Acre was about to change for good.
We wanted to get our beer to local people, first and foremost, especially those who enjoy our pints from the taps of local pubs. We wanted to make sure it was quick, easy, and sustainable, too – so we settled on 2-pint cartons. Before long, we were doing weekly delivery rounds in the local towns and villages surrounding the brewery, and we still do! A bit like the milkman, but with beer.
By the time Christmas came around, people up and down the country had Three Acre mini casks and beer boxes waiting for them under the tree.
We released our first bottle-conditioned beers in February – after spending two days in the brewery filling and capping thousands of the things by hand… but they’re the best our beers have ever tasted.
We’ve got some new beers up our sleeve, too, and we can’t wait to share them with you. We’re only just getting started.