Grey day, Green Hop

It was a stormy Saturday afternoon. Storm Brian was coming in and, as it happens, would not have too much impact on our part of west Cornwall, but the prospect was enough to deter me from a second visit to the excellent Falmouth Beer Festival, where I had enjoyed...

Treen’s Brewery: the full line-up in Falmouth

To The Front, in Falmouth, where brewer Simon Treen and his wife, Sarah, are revealing the new line-up of Treen’s Brewery beers after the initial launch of the Cuckoo and Cloud Cuckoo brews in 2016. It was busy. By ‘eck it was busy. But then Treen’s...

£400,000 extension opened at Dartmoor Brewery

Photography: Portia Crossley   A sunny spring evening is perfect for driving from Plymouth up to Princetown to visit the Dartmoor Brewery, and the journey across the moor is breathtaking. I’d only done it once before and that was in the dark. Now the full...

A walk on the mild side in Falmouth

It took less than an hour for one perennial question to rear its head as Cornwall CAMRA members enjoyed a tour of mild-serving pubs in Falmouth. “It’s not very dark for a mild, is it?” Oh, if I had a pound for every time. The beer in question: Rye Ruby Red (5% ABV),...

BrewDog apology too little, too late for The Wolf

Twitter is outraged. And you really don’t want to outrage Twitter if you value your reputation. I talk, of course, of BrewDog and the Birmingham craft beer bar now to be known as The Wolf, which is now looking at a healthy upturn in its takings this week thanks to...

Forager and brewer showcases beers in Falmouth

Beers made with foraged foods and herbs. And historic fruits, like Cornish apple variety Queenie, and the famous Kea plums, from near Truro. These are the ingredients from a local wild larder that make Stuart Woodman’s Wild Ales stand out from the crowd, and they’re...

Beer and food on International Women’s Day

I’ve been pretty convinced for some time that the best beer and food match I’ve come across is fish and chips and St Austell Brewery’s coriander noted wheat beer, Clouded Yellow. We’d set up a beer festival, fish and chips had been sent out for and there happened to...

Left Handed Giant at HAND Bar, Falmouth

Unlike some of you lucky people up the line in London and the big regional cities, the words ‘tap takeover’ appear to us as a rare beacon of opportunity down here in Cornwall, so I was eager to hop on one of our new wifi- and USB-enabled double deckers last night for...

Home-made baked beans in 15 minutes

Yesterday, I made Italian bean casserole from a Delicious magazine recipe. Always goes down well, this, a proper winter warmer, and also gives me the chance to tell my son, who asks what’s for dinner: “Bean stew.” “I don’t care what it’s been – what is it now?” he...

Around the Black Flag taps at Sonder, Truro

I make no secret of being a Black Flag Brewery fan, so I was particularly disappointed when I couldn’t make it to a meet the brewer night last week with Nick and Ben Sales, the surfing-mad brothers behind the venture. The good news: I found myself at the event venue...