Keeping it real … Real Ale
This Friday (27.02.2015) Leyton Orient Supporters Club bar is being taken over by a top Brewery. This time we have the pleasure to fill your pints of Dark Star Brewing Co. Formed in 1994 by Rob Jones, Paul Reed, Peter Halliday and Mark Tranter down in the South East of England, first brewing from the cellar of their pub in Brighton The Eevning Star before they outgrew the space there and moved to Ansty near Haywards Heath. They outgrew that brewery too and now brew on Star Road n Partridge Green West Sussex and is the second largest brewery in the county.
The name Dark Star orignates from Rob Jones when he was younger and working in Pitfield Brewery in London in 1987, a dark bitter he brewed while working there named after music group The Grateful Dead ended up winning the Champion Beer of Britain and then went on to win the 25 Year Champion of Champions.
Now they brew around 20 different beers a year, own their pub in Brighton, have their own beer club and a huge amounts of fans around the country both from the groups of die hard real ale fans and new breed of Craft Beer fans.
Art of Darkness 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.
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 4%
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
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.
American Pale Ale 4.7%
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!
Dark Star Original 5%
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.
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.
A blend of Warrior, Cascade, Columbus, Crystal and Chinook by the sack full – then dry hopped during conditioning using their ‘Hoptimizer’ (Industrial sized hookah).
American Red 5.8%
Following his win at the National Homebrewing Awards, Dark Star signed Andy Parker on loan to create his winning brew. Six different malts support heavyweight American Hops.
Please come down to enjoy these fantastic beers and say hello as I will be working behind the bar! It’s £3 a pint and doors open 5pm. Follow @LOFCSupporters Visit www.lofcsc.wordpress.com & www.orientsupporters.org for more details