Hopfest leaves Dark Star Brewery ‘over the moon’

Hopfest morris dancers
Hopfest morris dancers

More than 1,000 visitors came to Partridge Green’s Dark Star Brewery for the highly anticipated ‘Hopfest’ last weekend.

Held over three days, the festival included a huge variety of events in the village of Partridge Green just south of Horsham, held in both the brewery and the Partridge Pub.

Visitors included a mix of real ale fans, locals and those discovering craft beer for the first time and numbers were boosted by an influx of keen cyclists who had travelled from Dark Star’s pubs in Shoreham and Brighton to join in the fun.

Free tastings of a wide range of Dark Star beers were handed out in the brewery, along with a hop exhibition to browse, tours by the head brewer and even live music from Brighton Cajun band Rough Chowder, who added their own special vibe to the brewery.

The festivities spilled out to the brewery tap, The Partridge pub, where bands such as Laura Ward and The Risen Road, Cherry Bomb and Dirty Spoons entertained visitors throughout the weekend. Morris Dancers from around the county gave some toe-tapping displays.

Commenting, James Cuthbertson from Dark Star said: “The team and I were blown away by the success of our first Hopfest. To welcome so many of our avid followers and also a huge amount of new faces was brilliant. We were treated to some top class entertainment by some class local acts and shared huge amounts of our beer and that from our friends at Surrey Hills and Hepworths, to well and truly celebrate hop harvest time.

“Given the success this year we hope to make next year bigger and better and once again open the brewery up to people to learn more about the art of brewing.”

For more information about the brewery or to arrange a tour please visit www.darkstarbrewing.co.uk