Paul Reed is to phase out his involvement with Sussex brewery Bedlam, and plans to step down from his role as joint-MD by August, he told MCA.

His departure will coincide with the completion of the brewery’s move from Albourne in West Sussex, in Plumpton in East Sussex.

Reed joined the brewery from Dark Star, in September 2016, at the time it launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £500,000, and with a total of £1m planned investment in the new brewery.

Managing director Dominic Worrall will return from his sabbatical to take on full operational responsibilities, he said.

Reed told MCA. ”During my two years with Bedlam the product range has been re-centered around grown-up craft offerings in cask and keg; a young and enthusiastic management team has been given space to develop the business and the whole culture is now centered around quality and customers.

”Plus, in readiness to meet it’s ambitions, I have been project managing Bedlam’s brewery move from the beautiful Albourne winery to the equally beautiful but more practical site on Ditchling Common,” explained Reed, adding that “it’s time for me to leave it in very capable hands and move on to a new challenge”.

He said he hoped to stay active in the craft brewing industry, “but I confess that I have been too busy to consider that yet”.

Reed was managing director Dark Star for 16 years.