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Is it Hophead, or is it Hophead?

Published: Oct 6th, 2010 | Author: The Beeralist

On a recent routine trip to a couple of pubs in the Holborn area of London I came across a beer called Hophead at the Knights Templar – the Wetherspoons pub in Chancery Lane.

Now those of you who know me, and indeed those of you who don’t might assume that I was talking about the Dark Star beer which has become prevalent in London these days. But no! I was amazed to discover another Hophead on the street – this one from a brewery called Brewsters of Lincolnshire. Well, I had to try that.

Brewsters Hophead Pump Clip

Brewsters Hophead Pump Clip

I found the Brewsters Hophead a very bitter beer but very light, and it has a similar aftertaste to the Dark Star beer of the same name. But obviously it was a completely different beer.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that a hoppy beer would be called Hophead – after all, if the beer was called Best Bitter or Summer Ale for example there wold be no confusion because the brewery would be a key part of the name. But I was a bit confused.

A little research afterwards suggests that Brewsters Hophead might have had the name before the Dark Star beer. Anyway, the branding (pump clips etc) is totally different so I don’t think anyone would really make a mistake.

By the way, the Brewsters Hophead is a very good beer and I would drink it again – if there was no Dark Star Hophead available of course…

4 Responses to “Is it Hophead, or is it Hophead?”

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  2. Richard Howlett says:

    Your research is correct Brewster’s used the name Hophead for there superb hoppy beer

  3. The Beeralist says:

    Thanks Richard.

    By the way the Brewsters Facebook page is at:

  4. Richard Brett says:

    We’re very lucky that the pub next door often has Brewster’s beers – I’ve yet to try one that I didn’t like, but Hophead is my favourite. Brewster, by the way means a female Brewer…

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