Dark Star is brewing up a three-day hop celebration

Hopfest; Partridge Green; September 28-30
Hopfest; Partridge Green; September 28-30

Partridge Green brewery Dark Star will host the very first ‘Hopfest’ in September, a three-day festival to celebrate hops and brewing.

The festival will begin on the evening of Friday September 28, when the season’s first barrels of Dark Star Green Hop Ale will be tapped at The Partridge in Partridge Green, The Evening Star in Brighton and The Duke of Wellington in Shoreham.

The weekend festival will include beer tastings, music and a hops exhibition at the Partridge Green brewery, with head brewer Mark Tranter talking people through each beer and giving a unique insight into future planned brews.

Visitors can also join the Home and Away Brewery Tour (tickets £10, must be bought in advance) taking Dark Star’s very own bus on a round trip to Hepworth in Horsham and Surrey Hills in Dorking before returning to Partridge Green.

There will be a hop exhibition run by hop experts from Charles Faram, giving people the chance to learn all about hops, their history, and their place in traditional and modern brewing.

On Saturday and Sunday cyclists will be invited to cycle, from either the Duke of Wellington or the Evening Star, to the brewery in Partridge Green, where they can collect a free T-shirt and a well earned pint.

Dark Star director James Cuthbertson said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to celebrate our relationship with hops.”

For more information visit www.darkstarbrewing.co.uk/hopfest or follow @darkstarhopfest on Twitter.