East Sussex brewery Cellar Head has become the latest to close, as owners cite the financial climate and rising production costs.

In a social media post late last week, owners Chris and Julia McKenzie said the business had closed with immediate effect. The post said the past two years had been an “uphill struggle” for the brewery, due to “the financial climate, huge increases in production costs and a stressed market”.

“We personally want to thank our team, supporters and every one of you who has bought a pint of Cellar Head over the years or spent time with us at the tap room,” the McKenzies said.

“Keep supporting small independent breweries as best you can, it’s tough out there, and raise a toast to the memories.”

The pair have appointed administrators Evelyn Partners – the same company that recently acted as administrators for Brew by Numbers, which was snapped up by Keystone Brewing Group (formerly known as Breal).