22 February 2009

Bull Brewery Showcase №4 - Dark Star

The fourth Showcase in the monthly series features the locally revered Dark Star Brewing Co. of Sussex. Dark Star beers are regularly seen on the pumps at The Bull but never has there been such a selection at any one time.

The following six ales will be served from the stillage from Thursday 5th March until the casks have run dry (which judging by the Thornbridge event last time may not be all that long!):

  • Hophead 3.8%
  • Best 4.0%
  • Saison 4.5%
  • Sussex Extra Stout 4.5%
  • American Pale Ale 4.7%
  • Six Hop 6.5%

Out of this herculean line-up, the one which immediately catches my eye is the new seasonal, Saison. Described as a “Belgian farmhouse ale historically brewed to be enjoyed by the farmers during the harvest” it boasts Saaz, Styrian and Belgian Goldings hops plus specially imported Saison yeast. Although, those who are not yet versed in the sheer pleasure that is a fresh pint of gravity-dispensed Hophead or APA will surely find these difficult to top.

As usual, there will be a further five handpulled ales from a selection of the UK’s finest and a full-on Bingo Quiz to kick things off on the Thursday evening. Less usual is a Meet the Brewer session at the pub on Friday 6th at 8pm and a groovy disco to round off proceedings on Saturday night.

The Bull is gaining wider notoriety all the time, with a recent influx of new visitors from all over Kent and into Sussex. Their regular advertisements in the London Drinker have also enticed a number of discerning pubgoers out from the capital.

If you are yet to check out what all the fuss is about, what better excuse could you hope to find than this? (Aside from the BrewDog Showcase lined up for April, that is…)



  1. I've just pulled myself up off the floor... Did you say BrewDog showcase?! I'll be moving into the pub for a few days I think!

    Looking forward to the Dark Star event too. I haven't had the Six Hop so I'll be gunning for that!

  2. It sounds like a bloody good pub. I'm fond of Saisons (not to everyone's taste. Hope they've marched the style.

  3. Mark, we'll be there for the Friday Meet the Brewer session this time, not sure about the Thursday quiz session yet.

    Paul, here's hoping!

  4. Excellent. If you guys are there on the friday then I may well come up and join you again for a few pints.

    It's an exciting line-up of beers.

  5. very jealous, a top brewery and some awesome beers here.

  6. I'm very interested in the Saison -- tell us more!


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