Spain offers alternative for hop buyers

Spain offers alternative for hop buyers

Chinook, Columbus, Summit, Cascade. We all know where these hop varieties come from. You can picture now the sweeping acres of bines in the Yakima and Columbus valleys of Washington state in the USA. Well, that’s what I thought, too, until I received three bottles of...
The Cloudwater experience comes to Falmouth

The Cloudwater experience comes to Falmouth

I am sitting in the HAND Bar, in Falmouth, an Aladdin’s cave of keg beer, with a gang of brewers from local Verdant and visiting Cloudwater. They have been working on a collaboration during the day and I’ve asked what it is, to be given the answer:...

The Barrel at Bude launches bespoke beer range

Sunday in Bude – glorious autumn sun, rolling waves, but it’s a different sort of barrel I’m here for. It’s the middle of the afternoon and the Barrel at Bude micropub is filled to capacity. Acoustic singer guitarist Michael Guild is captivating the drinkers, but the...

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...

Pick of the pubs in new Good Beer Guide

The new edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide is published today, and beer lovers and publicans alike will be flicking through the pages to see who’s included. Here, in no order, and with no prejudice against those who are also listed in the book, is my top...

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),...

How Ellis & Son beer returned to its Hayle home

Front, father and son Paul and Chris Stephens, descendants of Hayle brewer Christopher Ellis. Behind, beer writer Darren Norbury and Cornish Arms licensee Claire Williams   There was a time when every village or town would have had at least one local brewery, perhaps...