Star Wing Brewery

I’m always excited about trying new beers from a previously unsampled brewery, but I get even more excited if I’ve interviewed the team! Thanks to Star Wing Brewery, based in Suffolk, England, for their great responses to my ‘Meet the Makers’ series, and for the complimentary beers.

Mandatory “Stain Glass Blue” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.84 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Style: Porter
  • Serving: Bottle, 500ml

The accent on the labelling was blue. Upon seeing the name “Stain Glass Blue” I was surprised to find out that this was a porter: I would typically associate stain glass with lighter colours and ultimately, lighter beers. This brew, however, was a deep-black, with a thin mocha foam head. It had scents of deep roasted malts and chocolate. On sampling, it gave a lovely soft texture from a creamy head, which flowed into a dark bitterness. It had features of deep toffee, dark chocolate and charcoal. A hint of sweetness at the start quickly faded into a rich bitter finish, reminiscent of burnt toast! In spite of being quite a rich porter, it was remarkably easy drinking.

Diagnosis: 3.25/5. “Stain Glass Blue” is velvety smooth, not too thick and has a great bitterness. This is certainly the deep kind of beer that is becoming increasingly popular as the nights draw in earlier.

Mandatory “Gospel Oak” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.48 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 3.8%
  • Style: Bitter
  • Serving: Bottle, 500ml

This time, I felt as though the name made sense. A bottle, featuring red as the prominent colour, poured a deep oak liquid with a blooming white foam head. Aromas were neutral, though if pushed I could detect a touch of copper on the nose. The beer was light and smooth: definitely a sessionable beer, with the alcohol largely unnoticeable on the palate. Light biscuit elements transitioned into some fruity flavours. Despite it being labelled as a “bitter”, this wasn’t as pronounced as expected.

Diagnosis: 2.75/5. “Gospel Oak” had nothing wrong with it, but I would say it’s a bit plain, particularly after a few mouthfuls. I don’t mind the beer… it’s easy-drinking, but doesn’t hit any spectacular heights.

Mandatory “Spire Light” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.47 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Serving: Bottle, 500ml

A pale ale described by the brewery as “light and delicious rain or shine”. It poured a transparent soft yellow-amber colour, matching the accent of the bottle, with a thin white foam head, which disappears after a couple of minutes. The aromas were a mix of hops, providing citrus and fruit tones. It was well-rounded on the palate, with a mixture of citrus, caramel and bitter flavours. The combination of a full-bodied drinking experience and minimal carbonation allowed the beer to cleanse the palate. It was quite a dry beer, making the contents of the glass disappear very quickly!

Diagnosis: 3.0/5. “Spire Light”, whilst not outstanding, is pleasantly balanced. Light and refreshing, it’s certainly something that could be enjoyed time and time again, with a sweetness allowing this a higher than average rating!

Mandatory “Four Acre Arcadia” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.54 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Style: IPA
  • Serving: Bottle, 500ml

A perfect pour. A mid-oak coloured beer came from the bottle, which featured a green highlight. This IPA had a contrasting bright white foam head, which remained throughout the entire drink. It had surprisingly little aroma; just a faint metallic scent. On sampling, the foam head was incredibly smooth and provided an initial sweet citrus flavour. This medium-bodied, slightly carbonated brew, then provided more bitterness than I had expected, satisfying the palate. The alcohol remained subtle, making it ideal for a session IPA.

Diagnosis: 3.0/5. “Four Acre Arcadia” is a light beer with a nice mix of sweetness and bitterness.

For more on the brewery, see Meet the Makers with Star Wing

STAR WING BREWERY PRESS RELEASE

01 November 2018

BOTTLES AND FLAGONS AND POLYPINS, OH MY!

Suffolk-based brewery provides a feast of festive offerings this Christmas.

Whether hosting a Christmas party, stocking up for the big day itself, struggling to buy for that tricky family member or searching for the ultimate office Secret Santa gift,Star Wing Brewery in Redgrave has your festive season covered!

Star Wing’s six-pack gift packs of bottled ales make the perfect present. Tailor your gift pack to your friend or family member’s tastes by choosing your own combination of Star Wing’s four core ales; from the popular bitter Gospel Oak to the full-bodied porter Stain Glass Blue, the refreshing golden ale Spire Light to wonderfully hoppy IPA Four Acre Arcadia.

Plus, the brewery is excited to announce that December 2018 will see the launch of two new beers –an American-style Red Ale and a low alcohol, hoppy pale ale. And that’s not all,Star Wing’s ales are now bottle conditioned meaning improved taste and quality,plus they’re vegan friendly – so there really is something for every discerning beer drinker.

Having a Christmas party? Star Wing can provide 20 litre polypins of their finest brews for your do, simply contact the brewery directly to place your order at least one week in advance to avoid disappointment. The brewery also offers four-pint flagons, perfect for Christmas day and New Year celebrations.

“We love the festive season,” commented Brewery Manager David Upton, “especially as it is a time to celebrate with friends and family, and to do so with some really great beer.

“From supplying your Christmas party to helping you with that perfect and unique gift, we’re here to make sure your festive season goes without a hitch.”

Star Wing Brewery is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, for walk in purchases for gift packs, individual bottles and flagons – Star Wing Brewery, Hall Farm, Redgrave IP22 1RJ. In December, the brewery is also open on Saturday 1st, 8thand 15th, 9am to 3pm.

Polypins require ordering seven days in advance, call 01379 890 586 or email contact@starwingbrewery.com.

For more informationvisit www.starwingbrewery.com.

Where once stood a redbrick sawmill, Star Wing Brewery is a place where hops and heritage unite. With a tip of the cap to their rural surroundings’ past, Star Wing is a Suffolk brewery to be proud of, producing distinctive, high quality ales. And there are exciting plans ahead. As well as developing new brews to add to their core range, Star Wing plans to make the most of its idyllic surroundings with a tap room, so come rain or shine beer lovers can enjoy a pint brewed just yards away.  

www.starwingbrewery.com

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