Cornwall’s Skinner’s Brewery has added Towans, a dry-hopped lager, to its core range this summer.

Dry-hopped during fermentation, Towans packs a powerful burst of fruity flavours and aromas that are deepened by a dense, frothy head. The malt that produces the distinctive head also imparts a wheat flavour that gradually cedes to a clean, citrus finish, with a sharp, refreshing edge.

The brewer says its a perfect partner for seafood, spicy food, and gourmet burgers.

As ever, Skinner’s has been inspired by the Cornish coastline, and not only is the artwork a beautiful homage to the Cornish landscape, but the name Towans comes from the Cornish term for sand dunes.

Towans is available on draught in selected pubs, and will be widely available in 330ml bottles.

Steve Skinner said: “We absolutely loved crafting this lager. At Skinner’s, we’re big fans of dry hopping, as it really brings out the flavours and aromas of the exciting hops we use from the US, New Zealand and Czech Republic.

“Towans’ name and design is inspired by the coastal places I’ve lived near all my life, so it was only a matter of time before I made a beer in honour of them!”

Skinner’s is proud of its Cornish roots and so gave visitors to the Royal Cornwall Show a sneak peek of the new brew and the brewery team was delighted by the response. Feedback included: “Really nice clean taste and very refreshing”; “Not normally a lager drinker, but this is very hoppy and great”; and “Excellent. Dry on the palate with a light, hoppy aftertaste. Hot day heaven”.

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Towans at Beer and Bird

I’m not normally a lager drinker, but I gave Towans a go when it came on the bar at Beer & Bird in St Ives. The dry hopping really does give the brew an extra dimension and lift it apart from run of the mill keg lagers. The hop is grassy and resinous with some gentle citrus notes adding edge.

We’re lucky in Corwall to have some decent lagers from our local brewers, with Towans sitting nicely now alongside brews such as St Austell’s Korev and Sharp’s Offshore.

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