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

A blend of Warrior, Cascade, Columbus, Crystal and Chinook by the sack full – then dry hopped during conditioning using our ‘Hoptimizer’ (Industrial sized hookah).

Hophead

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Art of Darkness

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ABV: 3.5%

Jan-Mar

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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.

Summer Meltdown

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

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

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

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

Hophead – Vic Secret

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ABV: 3.8%

Jan 2015

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Moulded in the style of one of our favourite players, this year’s Hophead special celebrates a great new tropical tasting hop from Victoria in Australia – Vic Secret.

American Red

Following his win at the National Homebrewing Awards, we signed Andy Parker on loan to create his winning brew. Six different malts support heavyweight American Hops.

Seville

Every team needs a piece of orange at half time. This complex player benefits from El Dorado hops for the primary fermentation before maturing with a hint of pure Spanish bitter oranges.

Six Hop Ale

Six different varieties of hops, used during six stages of the brewing process by six brewers… It’s a team game!

Victorian Ruby Mild

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ABV: 6.0%

May 2015

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Soft flavours and gentle hops, but at full strength, the way we believe Mild’s should be.

Summer Solstice

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ABV: 4.2%

June 2015

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Clean tasting and a bright golden colour. This beer is bursting with summer flavours, perfect for the Summer break.

Redhead

For once we’ve turned the hop volume down to allow the speciality malts to shine through in this easy-drinking tribute to the Irish Red Ale style of beer.

Blockhead

A beer brewed with the legendary Blockheads. A nod on our very own Hophead, but taken to the dark side through a use of specialty malts…and a little stronger…hopefully giving drinkers a reason to be cheerful.

Carafa Jade

This beer celebrates the beauty of the German Carafa barley malt that gives it a warm bronze colour without making it heavy or sweet.

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.

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

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.

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