Keymer & Hassocks Men’s Club hosts it’s Spring Beer Festival over the weekend of Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February 2014. On the Saturday we are open to non-members to come in and if you like what you see, why not join the Club? Simply ask a member of the bar staff for more details.
We will be showing the days live football as well as England v Ireland in the Six Nations from Twickenham. We’ve got 14 great ales available for you to sample with a number from the extremely popular Dark Star Brewery. The following 11 will be on the stillage:
1684 – Festivale 4.0% ABV
The 1648 Brewing Company is an award winning micro brewey based in East Hoathly, a small village close to Lewes. Founded in 2002, they currently produce 17 beers. Festivale was produced for an arts festival and is a light, pale coloured beer with an unexpected under tone of fresh apple and floral sweetness.
Baseline – Halcyon Hop Haze 4.0% ABV
A big favourite from the Summer Beer Festival we’re delighted to have this straw coloured Pale Ale from the Baseline micro brewery based out at Small Dole back again. Considerable amounts of dry hopping give this beer a natural haze (it is also unfined). The hops give plenty of aroma and a spicy, resinous, grapefruit flavour.
Bedlam – Hoppy Golden Ale 4.2%
Hoppy Golden Ale is brewed as a traditional English session bitter, using a good balance of American Summit and Cluster hops gently added late in the boil, and a touch of roasted barley to give it an inviting copper colour. It’s a new addition to the Beer Festival and comes from Bedlam’s pictureqsue brewery in Albourne Manor House at the foot of the South Downs.
Dark Star – Festival 5.0% ABV
One of three ales from the extremely popular Dark Star Brewery that we’ve got in for the 2014 Spring Beer Festival, Festival is a chestnut bronze-coloured bitter with a smooth mouthfeel and freshness; a classic style strong bitter brewed as a Dark Star version of Festive, a former great Sussex beer from King & Barnes.
Downlands – Devils Dyke Honey Porter 5.0% ABV
Small Dole is a bit of a haven when it comes to micro breweries in Sussex, with Downlands also basing their brewing operation there. Devils Dyke Honey Porter is a black coloured porter with a chocolate, roasted toffee malt aroma. It features a generous dash of honey which adds a sweet finish to the smokey flavours.
Fullers – Front Row 3.8% ABV
Front Row is a wonderfully moreish 3.7% beer from Fullers which will be available throughout February and March to coincide with the Six Nations. It is a lovely light ruby coloured ale which is certain to quench the thirst even after the toughest battle in the scrum. Make sure you have a pint during the England game!
WJ King – Northern Lights 4.2% ABV
WJ King have supplied a number of popular ales to our Beer Festivals down the years and the latest one it Northern Lights. This crisp golden brew offers an alternative to the offerings of a dark winter warmer available in the colder months. On the nose a spicy herby mix derived from the use of coriander and Aurora hops.
WJ King – Poachers Moon 4.1% ABV
Our second offering from Horsham’s popular brewery WJ King is Poachers Moon. Poachers Moon is a gorgeous deep golden amber in colour with a distinct leafy hop aroma and it leaves a dry lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweet toffee notes add to this autumnal beer thanks to Cara Red Malt.
Long Man – Old Man 4.3% ABV
Long Man Brewery brew six beers at the foot of the Downs in the shadow of the Long Man of Wilmington and we’ve got one of them in the shape of Old Man. This original dark beer has soft malt notes of coffee and chocolate that combine with a pleasant light hoppiness to create a rich, full tasting Old Ale of times gone by.
As well as those nine beers on the stillage, we’ve got another four available on tap from the bar:
Dark Star – American Pale Ale 4.7% ABV
The yeast strain used for the brewing of the pale, dry American Ales is specially imported from the USA, along with Cascade and Centennial hops, to produce this pale ale. The low colour Maris Otter malt provides a perfect light colour and dryness to complement the crisp taste and full aroma of the hops. The Chairman’s personal favourite.
Dark Star – Bock 5.6% ABV
Our third and final offering from Dark Star is Bock with has come about through a collaboration with the great Saltaire Brewery. Dark Star’s joint take on one of their favourite styles of beer. Rich dark brown in colour, this crisp beer celebrates one of the classic beer styles. At 5.6%, it will get the job done!
Fullers – London Pride 4.1% ABV
A rich, smooth and wonderfully balanced beer, its distinctive malty base is complemented by well developed hop character, from adding Target, Challenger and Northdown varieties to the brew. This ale is a classic and known across the country if not the world. It is available day in, day out at the Club on tap and proves popular with the members.
Sharps – Doom Bar 4.0%
According to Sharps, Doom Bar is the best selling locally produced beer in the entire South West region. It’s popularity is such that it can now be found as far afield as Italy, Sweden, and Japan as well as in Keymer & Hassocks. A smooth-drinking, creamy beer with a luxurious toffeed palate that is quickly overtaken by an incisive bite of bitter hops.