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DARK STAR BREWING Co

Partridge Green, West Sussex

The Dark Star Brewing Company was born in 1994 in the cellar of The Evening Star Pub, in Brighton.   With a brew plant only marginally bigger than an enthusiastic home-brew kit the characteristic style of hoppy beers was developed and tried out on the willing guinea pigs at the bar.  

 

Within a few hard working years it was obvious that the brewery could not keep up with the growing thirst of the Evening Star’s drinkers, yet alone the demand for its beers from other local pubs and beer festivals.  In 2001, the brewery relocated to a new purpose-built, 15 brewers barrel brewery in Ansty, near Haywards Heath.  A few years on, and once again the brewery was on the move, this time to a bigger site in Partridge Green, just south west of Horsham, West Sussex.


Revelation, 5.7% abv

Revelation is a blend of Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra aroma hops by the sack full – then dry hopped during conditioning.


The Art of Darkness, 3.5% abv

The Art of Darkness 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, 3.8% abv

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, 4.0% abv

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 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.e it a favourite session beer.


Espresso, 4.2% abv

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.


Festival, 5.0% abv

Festival is 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, 5.0% abv

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, 4.7% abv

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.


1910 Porter, 5.6% abv

Six different malts give a depth to this beer, which is hopped at five stages of the brewing process to allow the character of the noble hop varieties to shine through.


Summer Meltdown, 4.8% abv

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, 4.2% abv

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, 5.0% abv

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, 4.8% abv

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.


Hophead Galaxy, 3.8% abv

An single hop version of our most popular beer, using the Australian ‘Galaxy’ variety to give a distinctive clean citrus, mango and passionfruit character.


Sunburst, 4.8% abv

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.


Hophead Galaxy, 3.8% abv

An single hop version of our most popular beer, using the Australian ‘Galaxy’ variety to give a distinctive clean citrus, mango and passionfruit character.


Sussex Extra Stout, 4.5% abv

The Black and roasted barley malts are fermented to dryness to provide perfectly balanced full malt flavours.  Golding varieties of Kentish hops are used early and late in the boil to add a fresh clean bitterness.


Six Hop Ale, 6.5% abv

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.


Carafa Jade, 5.0% abv

Far from being jade coloured, this beer celebrates the beauty of the German Carafa barley malt that gives it a warm bronze colour without making it heavy or sweet.  The clear palate is ideal to enjoy the full spiciness from the versatile New Zealand, Pacific Jade hops


Victorian Mild, 6.0% abv

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.


Summer Solstice, 4.2% abv

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.


Redshift, 5.5% abv

A red beer brewed with floor malted pale ale and wheat grist , then liberally hopped with the Czech Saaz, Bavarian Hallertau and a sack load of Aussie Galaxy.  The beer is fermented with an Ardennes yeast strain for big a Belgian twang which will be an unusual bed-fellow for the passion fruit aroma of the Galaxy hops.


80 Shilling, 4.8% abv

A tribute to the classic 80/- the traditional Scottish style full flavour beer which dates back to the times when beer was taxed depending on its alcoholic strength.  Biscuity malt flavours and sharp candied orange peel bitterness


Indian Summer IPA, 6.0% abv

This beer takes elements of the old and blends them with the new.  Malts and hops from the UK form the traditional base of this beer while hops from Australia and New Zealand bring more modern flavours into the party.  Passion fruit, apricot, grapefruit and even marmalade should all be present whilst the addition of the tiniest amount of rice from India makes this a truly Commonwealth IPA.


Green Hopped IPA, 6.5% abv

This ‘big’ IPA is created with Simcoe hops and then made even bigger by using fresh
 green hops infused into the beer as it conditions.


Six Grain, 4.8% abv

A classic pale ale but brewed with six different types of grain.  The lower hopping levels used in this beer accentuate the different malt favours.  This beer brings together pale ale, Munich, and amber malts along with oats, wheat and rye.


Coconut Porter, 5.0% abv

A full flavoured and robust porter style beer with a distinct and mouth-watering coconut aroma.


Belgiun IPA, 7.2% abv

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


Imperial, 10.5% abv

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



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