Burton-on-Trent was synonymous with brewing for generations before Coors and InBev took over the Bass and Marsden plants, so it's good to see a relative newcomer doing well in the old spiritual home of British ale.
The highly regarded Black Hole Brewery has been on the go for a little over two years now, collecting several awards (including a SIBA Silver for it's excellent Red Dwarf) so I was delighted to find that Star Gazer had materialised at the Huntsman this lunchtime. This golden full-bodied 4% bitter provided a strikingly good balance of smooth caramel maltiness before delivering more bite than a pissed-off particle accelerator, thoroughly satisfying three days worth of ale-craving - that's right, no beer since Saturday (my very own black hole experience!).
Unfortunately my hopelessly inadequate note-taking technique means I can't say how much of BHB's range I've connected with to date, but I see from the website that just seven beers are produced regularly so it shouldn't take an inter-galactic quest to track 'em all down. They do seem to have missed a trick here though - I mean surely there's got to be room in the portfolio for that most universally revered of all beers - Romulan Ale! C'mon guys, even Jim Kirk was scared of that stuff!!