Dark Star Ales on Tap from 3rd February.

The Savoy Tup are pleased to announce that from 3rd February 2014, we will be joining the dark side….  of Ales that is by adding a variety of the Dark Star Brewing Company’s Ales on tap! 

Our Manager Tim Menary, says… “we were looking to compliment our existing panel of beers/ales.  Our focus being on supporting the local, new wave of successful micro breweries we are seeing emerge in the South of the country.  There is a great selection out there, and we will be bringing on more in the future, but in the short term, after vigorous testing, we decided that these West Sussex award winning ales, just hit the mark and believe that our customers will love them.”

For further details, pop in and ask our bar staff for details.

Dark Star, Partridge Best Bitter at the Savoy Tup, The StrandPartridge Best Bitter – ABV: 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.


Dark Star, HopHead Ale at The Savoy Tup, The StrandHophead – ABV: 3.8%

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.


Dark Star, Festival Ale at The Savoy Tup, The StrandFestival – ABV: 5.0%

A chestnut bronze-coloured bitter with a smooth mouth feel 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 Ales at the Savoy Tup, The StrandAbout Dark Star Brewing Co.

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 team emptied their piggy banks, cashed in any ISA’s, sold TV’s and dug around behind the sofa for loose change, to relocate the brewery to a new purpose-built, 15 brewers barrel brewery in Ansty, near Haywards Heath – some would argue this was the point the hobby started to become a proper business…some would anyway. 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.

No one really wanted to leave the cellar of the pub, but apparently more and more people liked drinking the same beers as us, so we needed to brew more…