The Star gets new headline beer

Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell, are making a special brew to mark the Star 125th anniversary

Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell, are making a special brew to mark the Star 125th anniversary

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THREE cheers for the birthday beer - celebrating The Star’s 125th birthday!

Real ale enthusiasts up and down the country will be raising a glass to The Star when a frothy new brew named after the newspaper goes on sale to mark our anniversary.

The beer, called Late Star, was brewed this week - and will be left to ferment over the next two weeks before casks are sent to scores of pubs nationwide to spread the word of The Star’s anniversary.

Thornbridge Brewery will donate £5 to charity for every cask of the bitter which is sold.

The brewery wants the cash to go to St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield, for which it has raised about £5,000 over recent years.

A Star-backed appeal to raise £5 million has been launched by the charity to rebuild the hospice’s in-patient unit, with 14 en-suite rooms and two three-bed bays.

The Star has also pledged to raise £100,000 towards the cost of the project over the next two years.

The Star’s editor Jeremy Clifford said: “It is a great honour to be associated with Thornbridge Brewery and for our 125-year anniversary to be marked this way.

“Having a beer named after us and on sale in pubs up and down the country will certainly help to spread the word of our achievement while raising money for a good cause at the same time.”

Thornbridge Brewery director Simon Webster said Sheffield pubs including The Greystones, The Hallamshire House at Commonside, and The Bath Hotel off West Street are expected to have the beer on sale.

“We are delighted to help mark the anniversary of The Star by naming a beer after it - and to have money for every cask going to our nominated charity, St Luke’s, makes it even more special,” he said.

“It was brewed this week by our head brewer Rob Lovatt and, after two weeks, it will be on sale in around 60 or 70 pubs around the land.”

Each of the 125 casks filled with beer contains 72 pints.

The brew to mark the milestone anniversary comes after a railway locomotive was named after The Star in recognition of the anniversary.

East Midlands Trains named an Inter-city 125 high speed train locomotive ‘The Sheffield Star’ at a ceremony at the city’s railway station in June.

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