In 2004 after a few pints the idea of Hopstar Brewery came in to practice in the garage of Barry Tyson, a dream became a possibility after many asking how we would ever fit a brewery in there! A small 6 Barrel plant and 2 fermenters managed to squeeze in a very busy little project.

In 2008 Barry's daughter Natalie became part of the team, helping out became quickly a full time job for her and the beers flew out so quick that eventually we had to add an extra 2 fermenters to the shed! This brought on the necessary expansion to the 'Big Brewery' on Grimshaw Street in Darwen.

In 2010 the main brewing started at the new 10 Barrel plant, we still use the smaller brewery on occasion but mainly for experiments with new brews and smaller quantity brews.

Barry has since moved on to a different project – obviously still ale related – opening Number 39 Hopstar’s Brewery Tap, Bridge Street, Darwen in 2011. They have 4 changing beers available and regular bands playing.

Natalie and husband Tommy now run the brewery.


We have the ability to put on trips to the brewery and we are very flexible on prices and what we can include. Minimum number of 12 maximum 30, please get in touch for more information.

Where it all began, in Barry's garage

The current brewery where we expanded in 2010

A Brief History of Hopstar Brewery