Bison Beer to open new Brighton bar

Bison Beer co-founders Nick Vardy and Jack Cregan
Bison Beer co-founders Nick Vardy and Jack Cregan

Brighton microbrewer Bison Beer is opening its second city bar –  creating 20 new jobs.

The local success story began with a shop in East Street before expanding to a craft beer bar on Church Road in Hove.

And now a Brighton bar is set to open in North Road, using a £99,290 funding package from HSBC.

Jack Cregan, co-founder and partner at Bison Beer, said: “It’s really exciting to be launching our third venue with the support of HSBC.

“It will help to further raise our profile in the county alongside creating more jobs for the local community.”

Lucy Wynn, HSBC’s area director for Business Banking, said: “Bison Beer is already an established brand within Brighton and Hove, so we have no doubt its third location will be just as popular. The company is fast becoming a household name in East Sussex.

"With our funding, Jack and Nick have expanded at an incredible rate with plans to grow the Bison Beer brand even further in the future. We can’t wait to see what the pair do next.”

The company had previously hoped to open a Brighton pub – The Bison Arms – at the site of the old Mariner pub, after fighting off Burger King and crowdfunding £100,000.

But the plans fell through in June last year after they failed to reach an agreement with the landlord.

Bison Beer was voted in the top 10 bottle shops by Shortlist magazine in 2016, and received a top 50 rating among microbreweries the UK in 2017 on Untappd.