Dark Ales


This is a deep red, nutty 3.8% bitter based on the old NBC recipe, passed on to us by Pat Heron who started at NBC in 1954. Pat’s father was Head Brewer at NBC’s Phoenix Brewery on Bridge Street before him. Red Star is a true working man’s pint made with the traditional Mild Ale malt variety that was a staple of NBC bitters and milds in the 1950s.


Brewed to mark the 850th anniversary of the trial of Thomas Becket at Northampton Castle and inspired by the recent discovery of the town’s first commercial brewery at an archaeological dig opposite our brewery. We have crafted a sweet dark and malty pint with honey the key constituent, an ingredient often found in Medieval ales.

Becket’s Ale won the best Artisan Drink award at 2015’s Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards


Another fresh development marrying elements of Phipps historic recipes with iconoclastic new styles. The dark malt signature is robust but smooth whilst the fruity but subtle hop flavours give the beer an easy drinkability. Black Star was originally a winter seasonal special but demands from discerning drinkers has kept it in our range all year

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