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...
Kelp Bakery produces Kernow Imperial Stout bread

Kelp Bakery produces Kernow Imperial Stout bread

Kelp Bakery’s Coastal Brewery Kernow Imperial Stout Bread Neighbours. Everybody needs good neighbours. Even when you’re in a brewery on an industrial estate. No, especially when you’re in a brewery on an industrial estate. As you may know, Beer Today...
ESB: an extra special tasting in Falmouth

ESB: an extra special tasting in Falmouth

ESB. It has that air of authentic old beer style about it, doesn’t it? Like IPA, Solid, British, robust. Well, here’s the thing. It dates all the way back to… 1971. That was when Fuller’s came up with a new strong bitter and wanted to...
Verdant and HAND: they did the Monster Mash

Verdant and HAND: they did the Monster Mash

After a false start, I think I might be beginning to understand pumpkin beer. The false start was a couple of years ago when I tasted a local example and rejected the greyish, murky mess after a couple of mouthfuls. So there was a little trepidation when I approached...
It’s a game of two halves at Driftwood Spars

It’s a game of two halves at Driftwood Spars

Driftwood Spars’ Beer Festival of Two Halves is the latest in a number of good pub beer festivals I’ve been to this year, and all the better because a bit of thought’s gone into it. There are 14 beers altogether, all from outside Cornwall, organised...
Rebel triumphs at new-look Falmouth Festival

Rebel triumphs at new-look Falmouth Festival

The Rebel team are presented with their trophy by festival chairman Bryan Day, branch chairman Clint O’Connor and CAMRA regional director Gareth MacDonald Rebel Brewing Company has triumphed at the Falmouth Beer Festival with its 80 Shilling brew taking the...
The Boathouse, Falmouth: great beers and views

The Boathouse, Falmouth: great beers and views

Boathouse licensee Nick Goodall (left) with Dom Lilly, of Dynamite Brewing Company When I last went to the Boathouse, in Falmouth, it was 1990. Falmouth had yet to achieve its reputation as a beer lover’s paradise, Sharp’s and Skinner’s breweries had yet to make an...