Thursday, March 19, 2015

Star Inn - Half Time Report

Well it's not quite the mid-point, especially if you've yet to make an appearance, but we've sampled enough to put our unreserved seal of approval on this year's Star Inn Spring Beer Festival.

Regulars will be glad to know there are no new gimmicks accompanying this weekends fest, with the only differences being a new face behind the bar and glass design for the collectors. Of course these festivals don't come together by magic and landlady Sam Watt and team deserve the highest praise for these triannual extravaganzas. 

Because  of  it's  dedication  to  bringing  us  the  very latest  output from the very newest breweries, a Star  festival  can  almost serve as a  glimpse into the future. For example those who sampled early BrewDogs here,  such as the 2007 classic 'Hype', might well have predicted that the Scots outfit was destined for great things.

Of course there are plenty of one-hit wonders too and, just like discovering new music, these one-offs are no less interesting. So once the excitement of tomorrow's eclipse has died down, why not make your way to Huddersfield's answer to beermageddon and see if you can unearth the next big name in brewing.  

The festival resumes at noon on Friday 20th March & continues all day Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd.


Ale Ambler said...

Excellent pictures, Ale Louse.
I particularly liked the one of the the handpulls from the back of the marquee.
I think my picks of the festival beers are Shiny's Affinity Galaxy (thanks for the top tip, Adam) & Briggs Symphony 4.
I also liked the Blue Bee's American 5 Hop (V2) and the fishfinger pannini!
Dark wise, I tried Exit 33 & Irwell Work's marshmallow one. Both good.
The final beer of my 2 flying visits was one that took me completely by surprise: Five Town's One at t'end.
A 6.7% APA on the main bar.
The brewer, a mate of mine, is well known for his dangerously drinkable strong ales, which don't drink their strength.
But One at t'End did smack as a strong beer from first taste. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it & so did plenty of other people. The brewer just wrong-footed me with a curve ball.
Mind you, what do you expect from a Northern Magician!

Discerning Drinker said...

Excellent festival as usual.

Discerning Drinker said...

Excellent festival as usual.