Twenty members of the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) were given a tour of the Cornish Crown Brewery, at Badger’s Cross, near Penzance, by owner Josh Dunkley.
The brewery, part of a former dairy farm, has a superb view over St Michael’s Mount. Cornish Crown produces half a dozen beers in bottle and cask, which are available in Cornish pubs and as far afield as London, as well as in Josh’s own pub, The Crown, in Penzance.
The six-barrel brewery sources water from its own private borehole. The water is sterilised by UV radiation but not Burtonised. The equipment, comprises a hot liquor tank, mash tun, copper, hop filter, heat exchanger and two temperature-controlled fermenting vessels. Josh uses several varieties of hops and malts to give different bitterness and aromas to his beers. There are no conditioning tanks and finished beer is kept in chilled storage.
Josh and his brewing assistant, Steve, answered CAMRA members’ questions, discussed the brewing and pub scene in Cornwall and offered bottles of Causeway (4.1% ABV), a refreshing pale brown best bitter with a balance of malt and floral hops, and SPA (Strong Pale Ale) at 4.8% ABV, which is a very hoppy and bitter golden ale with citrus marmalade notes.