Driftwood Spars Brewery has completed its series of Cove limited edition beers with the release of Stippy Stappy, a 5.5% ABV IPA.

The Cove series celebrates Driftwood Spars’ home village of St Agnes in all its glory. Stunning coastal scenery, historic locations, local ingredients, folklore tales, and community spirit have been the inspiration for the contemporary canned range.

Landlady and brewery owner, Louise Treseder, said: “We are really pleased with the new range — it’s very satisfying to see it complete. Combining local ingredients like seaberries, New World-style hops now being grown in England, and the finest British malts, we’ve created something a little bit different for beer lovers while celebrating our Cornish roots here in St Agnes.”

The first beer to be released was Beacon, a light and bright pale ale, inspired by hazy summer days on St Agnes Beacon. This was closely followed by Seaberry, a re-invention of a classic saison, which was brewed with sea buckthorn, or seaberry, which grows in abundance on the coast near the brewery.

Then came Midnight Skinny Dipper, a smooth, rich milk stout, inspired by local myths and legends of late-night shenanigans in the moonlit cove. Finally, Stippy Stappy is an IPA named after the much-loved row of cottages in St Agnes, which once housed the captains of ships berthed down at Trevaunance Cove.

As with all beers from Driftwood Spars Brewery, those in the Cove range are certified gluten free and — apart from Midnight Skinny Dipper — are also vegan.

Mike Mason Driftwood Spars
Driftwood Spars head brewer, Mike Mason

With a new brewer at the helm, 2020 was always going to be an interesting year for this award-winning brewery and — despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic — it has been a year of diversification and success.

Head brewer, Mike Mason, said: “I’ve really enjoyed making every beer in this range. It’s a real celebration of St Agnes’ stunning location, surroundings, and flora and fauna. I can’t imagine anywhere more beautiful, welcoming, or inspiring to design and brew a new range of beers.

“Alongside Cove, we are still brewing our core range for cask and bottle, which includes beers like Alfie’s Revenge, Spars, and Lou’s Brew. We are building up stock of all these beers again after the first lockdown threw everything off-kilter.”

• The Cove range — the eye-catching artwork for which was designed by local artist Jago Silver — can be spotted in local bottle shops, including Red Elephant Beer Cellar, in Truro, and will shortly be available every Wednesday at Truro Farmer’s Market, as well as online.

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