Beer

Each year there’s a healthy debate over the coming year’s beers; the sales guy wants just the favorites, the brewers want the extreme and esoteric and the marketing guy wants integrity and principle (whatever that means).

It’s inspired by beers we’ve loved and admired during that year (we consider ourselves great plagiarists) as well as feedback from you, our drinkers.

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Revelation

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ABV: 5.7%

A blend of Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra aroma hops by the sack full – then dry hopped during conditioning using our ‘Hoptimizer’ (Industrial sized hookah).

The Art of Darkness

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ABV: 3.5%

This is a low gravity beer with a big heart. A range of dark malts bring classic roasted flavours along with a hint of sweetness through the natural complex sugars. Warrior bittering hops are used, along with a blend of the finest aroma hops to add fruit and spicy flavours that are the perfect balance, making this a very drinkable ale.

Hophead

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ABV: 3.8%

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An extremely clean-drinking pale golden ale with a strong floral aroma and elderflower notes from the Cascade hops. This beer is full-bodied and full-flavoured yet gentle enough to make it a favourite session beer.

Partridge Best Bitter

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ABV: 4%

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A Best Bitter brewed in a traditional Sussex style using Maris Otter, Crystal and Chocolate malts with East Kent Golding hops. Typical of Dark Star ales, the Best Bitter relies on the heavy handed addition of aromatic hops late in the boil.

Espresso

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ABV: 4.2%

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A black beer brewed with roasted barley malt and challenger hops. Then freshly ground Arabica coffee beans, blended especially for Dark Star, are added to the copper for a few minutes after the boil to provide a rich and complementary coffee aroma. NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA

Festival

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ABV: 5.0%

A chestnut bronze-coloured bitter with a smooth mouthfeel and freshness; a classic style strong bitter brewed as a Dark Star version of Festive, a former great Sussex beer from King & Barnes

Dark Star Original

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ABV: 5.0%

The brewery’s eponymous former Champion Beer of Britain. A dark, strong and bitter beer that defies classification. It has a complex malt flavour with a hint of burnt flavour from the mixture of Crystal and Chocolate grist.

American Pale Ale

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ABV: 4.7%

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The yeast strain used for the brewing of this American style pale ale is specially imported from the USA, along with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops. The low colour Maris Otter malt provides a perfect light colour and dryness to complement the crisp taste and full aroma of the hops. SERIOUSLY FULL OF HOPS

Seasonal Ales

Summer Meltdown

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ABV: 4.8%

Apr-Jun

Well-balanced, golden bitter with the warm flavour of Chinese stem ginger and other spices. The perfect thirst quencher for a summer’s evening.

Hylder Blonde

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ABV: 4.2%

Jul-Sep

A delicate and lightly hopped beer with the fresh fruitiness of South Down’s elderflowers which are added after the boil to preserve their delicate aroma.

Winter Meltdown

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ABV: 5.0%

Oct-Dec

Brewed with Chocolate and Crystal malts to produce this deep bronze- coloured beer with a subtle malty flavour. Bittered by the traditional Golding hop varieties, and then cask conditioned with stem ginger and other warming spices to add that distinctive aromatic warmth.

Sunburst

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ABV: 4.8%

Apr-Sep

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A hint of initial sweetness adds to the fruitiness and grapefruit tang of this summer ale without detracting from its clean flavour and rich hop aroma.

Monthly Specials

Victorian Mild

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ABV: 6.0%

May

Mashed with mild ale malt along with a careful blend of other speciality malts. A mix of European & US hops that are then added in the copper, give the gentle bitterness and provide our take on a less well-known Mild tradition for strength and soft complex flavours.

Six Hop Ale

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ABV: 6.5%

April 2014

A sturdy malt backbone supports the huge weight of hops in this pale ale. Six different varieties are used during several stages of the brewing process, including a big dose of dry hops while the beer conditions after fermentation.

Summer Solstice

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ABV: 4.2%

Jun

Brewed with 100% pale ale malt to produce a very clean taste and a bright golden colour. This beer is bursting with summer flavours from a large dose of Crystal hops & freshly ground coriander which is added at the end of the boil.

Hophead Simcoe

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ABV: 3.8%

Jan 2014

This year’s Hophead special celebrates two great aroma hops – Simcoe, the darling of craft brewers and Ahtanum,
the new kid on the block. This zesty hop blend brings a new take, to our most popular beer

Bock

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ABV: 5.6%

Feb 2014

Our collaboration with the great Saltaire Brewery

Seville

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ABV: 4.0%

Mar 2014

Dark Star’s first fruit beer. A complex recipe using malted wheat in addition to Maris Otter barley malt with the new El Dorado hops for the primary fermentation before maturing with a hint of pure Spanish bitter oranges.

Bottles

Six Hop

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ABV: 6.5%

330ml
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Six different varieties of hops, used during six stages of the brewing process by six brewers… It’s a beast of a beer.

Belgian IPA

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ABV: 7.2%

330ml
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The exotic partnership between Belgian Yeast and US Hops, this is our tribute to the great Chouffe Brewery.

Imperial

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ABV: 10.5%

330ml
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A full-bodied and rich Imperial Stout brewed with roasted barley and target hops before being matured to create a complex black beer.

Sunburst

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ABV: 4.8%

500ml
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A hint of initial sweetness adds to the fruitiness and grapefruit tang of this summer ale without detracting from its clean flavour and rich hop aroma.

Revelation

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ABV: 5.7%

330ml
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A blend of Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra aroma hops by the sack full – then dry hopped during conditioning using our ‘Hoptimizer’ (Industrial sized hookah).

Espresso

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ABV: 4.2%

500ml
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A black beer brewed with roasted barley malt and challenger hops. Then freshly ground Arabica coffee beans, blended especially for Dark Star, are added to the copper for a few minutes after the boil to provide a rich and complementary coffee aroma. NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA