Farewell, Dark Starr Stout

Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell.
~Grateful Dead

One of my favorite breweries, Starr Hill, has announced several new beers and changes to their release schedule for 2016. These changes are exciting, but in order to move forward, a few things must be left behind. Sadly, this includes my beloved Dark Starr Stout.

The beer will be officially retired at their St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 19th. Says Starr Hill, “We’ll have an Irish wake for Dark Starr, when we retire this legendary brand as the most award-winning Dry Irish Stout in the country.”

I am excited for Starr Hill’s new beers, particularly Daily Grind Peppercorn Farmhouse Ale, which sounds delicious. It’s always good to see breweries trying new things. That said, I can’t help but feel sadness when the flagship beers I love disappear as a result.

Dark Starr Stout is a perfect blend of rich and dry, a very flavorful stout that is deceivingly sessionable. The beer was a favorite of mine all year long, but especially in March, where I would happily drink it alongside Guinness or a good Irish Red. It is a delicious and reliable beer — and it will be missed.

dark starr stout
The Final Pint? Image from Starr Hill Brewing Co.

I did notice that Starr Hill said Dark Starr was being retired from year-round status. Perhaps this means we’ll see it again someday? I would happily purchase this once a year, or visit a draft line to get some in a growler.

But in the meantime, I say: fare thee well, Dark Starr. You were a delicious beer, and I will remember you fondly.

Dark Starr’s phase-out began in January 2016. However, I’m hoping to find a remaining bottle on a shelf somewhere so I can send it off properly. The send-off will be sipping that final bottle while listening to the song below. Cheers, Dark Starr Stout.

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