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The Dark Star Brewery Company started in 1994, as a small plant squeezed into a corner of the cellar of The Evening Star Pub, in Brighton. The company was founded by entrepreneur Peter Halliday, publican Peter Skinner, and brewer Rob Jones. At that time it was known as Skinner's brewery, but there was another Skinner's brewery in Cornwall, so the name was changed to Dark Star, after Jones's successful recipe for porter (The resemblance between the names "Dark Star" and "Evening Star" is coincidental). It soon became apparent before long that the brewery could not keep up with the growing demand from the Evening Star's drinkers, let alone the demand for its beers from other pubs. So in 2001 the brewery relocated to a new purpose-built brewery in Ansty, near Haywards Heath
Some of the Brewery's Range
Dark Star Espresso Stout -
Dark Star American Pale Ale (APA) -
Dark Star Dark Star - Also known as Dark Star Original
Over the years the brand identity is updated and re-launched with subtle changes, a change of Logo or a new font.
Sometimes this brand update is done by the new owners after a brewery has been sold, other times just to give the brand a fresh new look on the ever growing market.
Below are some notes to help identify some of these changes and an aid to reference the year of the glass.