There are just two days left to invest in Treen’s Brewery, based in Ponsanooth, Cornwall, via its crowdfunding campaign.
And, on Saturday, there will be a party to celebrate the closing of the fundraiser, whether the target has been hit or not.
Stuart Woodman with a festive pack of his beers
The event will be at the Stag Hunt Inn, Ponsanooth, where brewery owner Simon Treen (pictured top) regularly takes over the pumps on a Saturday afternoon.
Last Saturday, I spent time at the open day by the three breweries to be found at the Viaduct Works Industrial Estate Ponsanooth, all very different in layout and brewing style.
Treen’s is a bright yet cosy unit with a line of shiny stainless steel vessels along two walls. Simon and his wife, Sarah, are hoping to expand in the new year, with the addition of more cold room space. This is particularly important as Treen’s likes to give its beer two weeks’ conditioning before it goes to the customer.
Myself and my friend André enjoyed Cloud Cuckoo, the 5.9% ABV winter special, which always goes down a treat. A proper winter warmer, with a rich malt background, some berry fruit notes and a hnt of spiciness.
Speaking of spicness, in Woodman’s Wild Ale, next door, I warmed, literally, to some of Stuart Woodman’s mulled beer. Mulled beer is new on me, but it works. Spicy warmth. Lovely. He was also selling his Christmas special, Five Gold Rings (6.5% ABV) and That Old Chestnut (6.8% — you can probably guess the added ingredient). The unit was nicely decked out like a living room, complete with sofa and piano.
Dynamite Valley Black Charge stout with added Kraken rum
Dynamite Valley Brewing Co is set up to host a weekly bar — or beer café as it is known — and was busy selling pints of the brewery’s American inspired beers. Goldrush for me, as I was driving, while a Black Charge stout with a warming addition of Kraken rum reportedy went down a treat. Nice to meet new managing director, Keith Baker, for the first time, and to learn about plans to brew three cre Rebel Brewery beers in the new year: Penryn Pale Ale, Surf Bum IPA and multi-award-winning 80 Shilling.
Ponsanooth is very lucky and probably unique in being a village with three breweries. All are finding their niche in different fields and, perhaps by Saturday, Treen’s will be that bit closer to the next stage of its development.
• To view the Treen’s Brewery crowdfunding page, click here