Thinking of visiting Cornwall soon?
I’ve got the lowdown on the very best brewery tours in the county – so who’s thirsty?
Despite having lived in Cornwall for the majority of my life, I’ve made more than a handful of friends from outside the county, some even as far as London! Although many would argue that I use the term ‘friend’ too loosely, I am nevertheless always eager to point visitors in the right direction when it comes to tourist attractions. Thousands of tourists come to visit Cornwall every year, they mostly come for the warmer climate and the beaches, but what many miss out on is visiting an authentic Cornish brewery.
Although Cornish beer has only started to pick up steam in the last decade, many tourists seem to ignore this strong arm of our culture. Besides recommending pubs to passing visitors I always make sure to nudge them in the direction of a brewery, as these attractions neatly balance education with entertainment, whilst also giving strangers to the area a chance to meet Cornish people and see how they work.
These breweries exemplify what is fantastic about Cornwall, they also brew excellent ale which you should definitely consider taking away with you:
Set up just a little over 20 years ago, Skinner’s made their name with their aptly titled ‘Cornish Knocker’, a golden ale that I couldn’t get enough of when it first came out. Although their popularity is yet to extend beyond Cornwall, I feel that it’s only a matter of time before they hit the big time. In the meantime you can make the most of their relative anonymity by dropping in on their brewery for a couple.
Sharp’s legendary amber ale Doom Bar has long been a favourite up and down the country with major stockists and chain pubs alike ordering it en mass. You can’t accuse the men and women behind the beer of slacking though, as they’ve been busy developing a a huge range of complimentary beers that have proven to be just as popular. I’m a particular fan of their light ale, Coaster, which is perfect for sunny afternoon sipping.
St. Austell Brewery
I’ve not yet met a Cornish man who doesn’t like the taste of Tribute, it’s a pale ale that has been round for donkey’s years and it has single-handedly buoyed the St. Austell Brewery to national fame. They’ve since brewed up a huge range of beers to support their original here, with Proper Job and Korev Lager leading the charge in supermarkets and pubs alike. They’ve poured a tonne of money into their brewery experience making it well worth a visit.
Padstow Brewing Co.
I’ve already written about a wonderful pub worth visiting near Padstow, but the town itself is also definitely worth checking out and whilst you’re there you may as well drop by the Padstow Brewing Co.! This brewery is so new that you can practically smell the paint drying. Founded in 2013, this brewery is home to the only female Head Brewer in Cornwall and pumps out around 9000 pints of delicious ale a week. Their Brewday Experience might cost £109, but it’s incredibly in depth and includes beer tastings, lunch and a free T-shirt – so what’s not to like?!