BEER and bicycles are, historically, not the best of companions.

A tipsy trip on two wheels is unlikely to end well and any inebriated cyclist foolish enough to venture on to the open road will, in fact, be breaking the law.

Indeed, drunk riders caught on public highways can be fined up to £2,500, with the act categorised as a criminal offence under Section 30 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

However, a Brighton brewery has set out to dispel this troubled history and strike up a symbiotic relationship between the two activities – beer drinking and bike riding.

Fans of Brighton Bier can now have their favourite brews brought to their door by bicycle.

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The brewery has launched a partnership with zero emissions delivery service Zedify to make this possible.

Brighton Bier’s director of operations Stephen Whitehurst said: “With an extensive new range of canned and bottled beers, making it easy for people to get Brighton Bier delivered to their homes was imperative.

“We wanted to partner with another local company.

“Zedify, with their focus on ethical and environmentally friendly delivery, were the obvious choice.”

There are currently five beers available for delivery, with two further brews set to be added next week.

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Cases and mixed cases ordered before 1pm will be delivered the same day to anywhere across Brighton and Hove, with Zedify’s delivery model also allowing people further afield to order from the brewery from further afield – with previous orders from Cornwall.

“It’s for everyone,” Stephen said.

“We have always tried to keep our pubs as accessible as possible for people, but we appreciate that not everyone can afford to go to the pub regularly at the moment.

“And, with social distancing, it’s not as accessible.

“So this is all about taking the pub to them and it’s fantastic to see the support we have received across the city with people continuing to buy the beers throughout both lockdowns.”

Brighton Bier has three sites in the city.

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While Brighton Bierhaus in Edward Street remains closed as it does not have a kitchen to adhere to the “substantial meal” Tier 2 rule, Freehaus in Howard Road and Haus On The Hill in Southover Street are both back in business over lockdown.

The Freehaus now has heated outdoor seating in its pub garden, while Haus On The Hill is offering a huge range of more than 150 beers and ciders via a click and collect system.

For both delivery and click and collect options from Brighton Bier, people can visit

Those placing online orders can also enjoy a ten per cent discount in the run-up to Christmas by using the code LOVEBIER at the website’s checkout.

Stephen said: “We are trying to make our beers as affordable as possible so people can buy great, award-winning drinks at fair prices.

“It’s all about getting local beer into anyone’s hands across the city, and beyond.

“Many people have been buying it as a present and sending it to people around the country.

“There’s a pride with people thinking, ‘here’s my local brewery and a taste of Brighton’.”

New partners Zedify offer a network of pedal-powered delivery services across several cities in England including Brighton, London and Cambridge.

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And the company’s Brighton branch says it is ready to bring residents a whole host of tasty tipples over the festive period.

Head of operations Mike Milner said: “At Zedify, we are thrilled to join forces with Brighton Bier to help beat the lockdown blues and get their fantastic beer out to local and national customers in time for the festive season.”

Brighton Bier was set up in by head brewer Gary Sillence in 2012.

He originally brewed at the Hand In Hand pub in Kemp Town before establishing a purpose-built 15-barrel brewery producing about half a million pints a year.

Its beers include flagship pale ale Brighton Bier, South Coast IPA, West Pier Pale Ale, Freshman Vermont IPA, Old Skool IPA, Cyclops Eyedrops Strong Pale Ale, Downtown Charlie Brown American Brown Stout and Viscous Rumour Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Following the introduction of its two-wheeled delivery services through Zedify, Gary said: “It’s wonderful being able to a zero emissions delivery service in Brighton.

“As well as our own beer you can order mixed cases from some of the best UK craft breweries, along with some of the world’s best breweries from Germany and Belgium.”