Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Portobello – Star (Btl)

WP_20161212_20_37_16_ProWhat they say: “Stars are very important to brewers, you’ll start to notice a lot of them if you pay close attention at the bar. The accepted wisdom holds that the six pointed brewer’s star represents the essential ingredients in any brew: water, grain, hops, yeast, malt, and the brewer.

We’ve got a sneaky suspicion that it has more to do with the fact that beer can help loosen our ties to the earthly realm and reach for the heavens… but maybe that’s just us!

Star is the first beer we ever brewed. It’s a smooth, balanced bitter, which is deliciously floral with lovely coffee notes at the very end. We love it & we’re never going to stop brewing it.”

A couple of days into our caravan trip and research expeditions to four hostelries did not yield any ales that have not passed my lips – although they’ve all been nice.

I picked this up in a supermarket, thinking that I’d never had it but consulting the archive revealed that I’d sampled it in cask form around two years ago in Crystal Palace – blog entry here.

The bottled version was no less enjoyable – in fact I loved it. 4.3% A.B.V

December 2016.