When it comes to pubs with a passion for beer, few are more dedicated than the Evening Star. This cosy little pub mere steps from Brighton station boasts an array of tasty tap tricklers and wholesome, golden pints.
It has a fine pedigree being the birthplace of the award-winning Dark Star Brewing Co. These chaps started in the basement in 1994 and saw demand rocket. Nowadays you’ll find them in a dedicated brewery near #Horsham and running four separate pubs.
A warm, woody interior invites you in from the small table space outside that is a mecca for afternoon drinkers clinging to benches year round on sunny days.
You’re immediately presented with an open plan bar full of tasty local and interesting guests. With a cask brewery ownership here you’ll find none of the usual commercial brands.
Of course Dark Star are present with #Hophead, #Espresso and #Sunburst among the cask range. On the day we visited also on offer was Fyne Ales Avalanche, #burningsky cask and keg, Weird Beard Brew Co. and also some interesting cider options.
The fridges behind the bar are stocked with a great range of bottles and cans making the total beer list extensive. With weekly rotations there’s always something new to try here, and the staff are knowledgable and chatty to steer your tastebuds.
BBB were divided in our choices tonight. Whilst one opted for the safety of Darkstar’s moreish Hophead pale ale, a BBB favourite for it’s light, cirtussy flavours perfect for summer evenings, the other went off-pissed on a beer adventure.
First a half of the Weird Beard Sorachi Faceplant, this explosively potent 8.1% #IPA does exactly what it says on the bottle with those sorcahi hops knocking you for six in a punchy blend of malt and citrus, but a pleasant lingering juicy sweetness. Both refreshing and bold a half was all we dared to drink that evening.
The adventure continued when intrigued by a Harvey’s Brewery/Burning Sky collaborative beer called #Anglezarke.
This IPA was another heavy hitter at 6.66%, the flavour however is pure magic! Honey sweetness, smooth light hoppiness following through with lingering citrus tingle. This really is a standout summer IPA which we learned has been created in memory of Ruth Anglezarke, local CAMRA member. Harvey’s tell us the interesting 6.66% abv comes from the fact 666 was her favourite number.. ok...
Its a shame that its a limited edition of only 50kegs (in fact now we think about it how did the evening star even get their hands on it..?)
If you see it definitely try it because it might be your only chance, however we hear another collaboration between the 2 Sussex brewers is in the mix for late Summer.
At the Star you’ll find a happy range of people enjoying their drinks and since the refurb not long ago it feels less dingy and has a really good buzz about it.
We want to hear from you if you drink there. Are you a commuter that fits this in before heading home or a beer enthusiast that loves the range available?
Visited August 2016 with beery friends. First stop on the pubcrawl. Short walk from the station. Traditionel pub, cosy and with good selection of beers, a few off course from Dark Star, since being a Dark Star pub. Friendly, helpfull staff, beers served in good condition. Free Wifi.. For sure worth a revisit, when going next time.
Close to the station, so no hills to worry about. Quite small (cosy). Excellent beer choice (as would be expected), focus naturally on the Dark Star Range with well sourced options both on tap and in bottle.
Slightly grungy (which is good in my opinion) beer bar with a couple of benches outside to soak up the summer evening sun. Bar staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Tap selection covered a variety of styles, so was plenty to choose from. Prices were OK (some beers obviously more expensive) but possibility to buy thirds means that you can taste many beers even on a budget. Really liked the place, would definitely come back.
Visited many times over the years, most recently in August 2016. The Evening Star has around for many years and, whilst the competition in Brighton is a lot hotter than it once was I’d still say this is an essential stop, and convenient as first or last from/to the station. As well as the Dark Star casks there are several guests, some interesting craft kegs and some decent bottles in the fridge. Unashamedly unpretentious with fairly basic, but welcoming, decor. Venerable but still doing the business well.
Visited in the evening, the place was very busy. Luckily we were allowed to share a table with a friendly chap sitting by himself. Traditional pub, very local feel to it. Interesting selection, good mix of Dark Star casks and modern UK craft beers. Also some interesting bottles as well. I’d consider it a must visit.
The bar is quite small, but cozy inside and it looks great from the outside. It has a big table on it’s patio, so you can have a pint open air if you want. The selection is nice. Dark Star casks, ciders, American and Belgian import and British bottled beers to choose from. Although it can easily be crowded, I still recommend it because of the beers and the ambiance.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon in November 2015. Single roomed pub a couple of mins from the station. Lots of wooden benches for seating. A good range of both cask and key beers. Prices are pretty good and you’ll always pick up something new here. It’s been similar for the past 20 years or so. A great venue and if you have to go to one place in Brighton then this is handy and a must do.