After the huge success of Southern Star, the realisation hit that we wouldn’t be able to brew that beer for another year as the special hops were in very short supply. Then we found out about a newish American hop that got the creative juices flowing, and the idea for Northern Star was conceived. There were still several months to wait before we’d receive this limited edition American hop, but boy was it worth the wait. The first batch rolled out in late March and sold out in less than two weeks. And it won the first ever Halfway House Beer Competition. Those of you that know the pub will realise both the intensity and importance of this competition. This is not just any pub festival – this is the Halfway House. And they were impressed. Thanks to all the locals (and those that travelled from further afield) for supporting us and voting us the best.
The second batch of Northern Star went on to take Silver at the Maltings in the most competitive category – Best Bitters,with many educated drinkers commenting that it was easily the beer of the festival. We hope to keep it flowing for another couple of months until Southern Star makes its appearance once again in the heavens. If we’re really lucky they might both be visible at the same time. One can only hope!