The highlight of an interesting range of beers on the bar at The Star last night came from Five Towns, a brewery based in Altofts near Wakefield (not as some think, in Arnold Bennet's Potteries!) that is getting a reputation for good, consistent beer.
'Niamh's Nemesis' is not for the faint hearted, weighing in at 5.7%, but is a very drinkable light beer with subtle rather than aggressive hoppiness and plenty of flavour. It has little in the way of maltiness or sweetness but cannot be called too bitter either, just a good rounded example of a strong, light beer.
It has appeared several times on the bar at The Star and never lasts long. I understand the brewer himself is only part time, fitting in his brewing with his day job as a nurse. The brewery has been on the go since 2008 with 'Niamhs' listed as one of the four core beers in the Beer Guide. A brewery to look out for.
Check out the brewery's blog here.