To mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of Phipps’ original Bridge street brewery, we have brought back to life the final new brew from the old company. Following the merger of Phipps and NBC in 1957, all dark beer production moved up to NBC’s North brewery and all pale beers went to Phipps’ South Brewery. This meant that NBC’s Export Pale Ale should have been brewed in a Phipps building by Phipps brewers. That was never going to go down well with proud and loyal men so without informing the management, they dusted off the old pre WW1 Phipps IPA recipe and strength and brewed it in place of NBC’s ale. When Watneys took over a few years later this was the first casualty of their rationalisation of the brewing range, Gold Star was too strong, too expensive and too good to survive. This titan of a beer has the colour and drinking quality of the IPA but with a subtle punch of an export strength ale.