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  • Clint O'Connor pays tribute to Roger Ryman Sunday 31 May 2020

    Cornwall CAMRA is very sad to have heard that Roger Ryman, Brewing Director, St Austell Brewery, passed away last week, at the age of 52, after a brave battle with cancer.

    When Roger was appointed Head Brewer in 1999, St Austell Brewery was a moribund local brewery, producing mediocre beers, and reliant on its near monopoly of pubs in Cornwall.

    However, newly appointed Chairman and CEO James Staughton knew that the brewery had to expand and diversify if wasn’t to gradually fade into obscurity.

    Step 1, appoint a new Head Brewer. At the interview, the young Roger, from Maclay and Co in Alloa, Scotland impressed James with his enthusiasm and integrity, being honest enough to say he didn’t think much of Tinners, St Austell’s flagship beer!

    To quote James Staughton, “The job of Head Brewer was already effectively his, right there and then - we need not have seen anyone else. He was the breath of fresh air our brewery so desperately needed at the time.”

    Roger’s first new brew was “DAYLIGHT ROBBERY” brewed to celebrate the total eclipse of the Sun, visible from Cornwall that year (1999). Originally intended as a seasonal brew, it was immediately so successful, that it continued to be brewed, until eventually it was renamed “TRIBUTE”, and became St Austell’s flagship ale.

    There then followed a string of successful ales, including PROPER JOB, TRELAWNEY, KOREV CORNISH LAGER, MENA DHU, ADMIRALS ALE (very, very sadly no longer brewed) and CORNISH BEST, creating an entirely new portfolio for St Austell brewery. These beers took the brewery from strength to strength, and St Austell became a major national brewery.

    Roger travelled the country and the world to work with and learn from other brewers, bringing back hops, malts and recipes from all over.

    At the brewery he created a unique team of young brewers dedicated to brewing ales of the highest quality.

    In many ways the quality he created was his most important, but mainly unsung achievement, no longer “St Awful”, a bad pint of St Austell in a pub is now very rare event indeed.

    Roger persuaded the brewery to invest in new plant to improve quality and capacity, and also to build a new Small Batch Plant, with a capacity of 10 brewer’s barrels. This gave his team of brewers the opportunity to experiment, and to create new beers. From the Small Batch Plant came the “Small Batch Club”, thirty outlets, both free and tied trade who would each take and sell a firkin (9 gallons) of the beers produced. This enabled the drinking public to share the tastes and delights of new and very different ales from the brewery on a regular basis.

    Roger was a very good friend to CAMRA, supporting our festivals and events, with ales and through his colleagues, with financial help. He was always ready to help, advise and support other small brewers in Cornwall.

    No tribute to Roger would be complete without mentioning the “Celtic Beer Festival”, held at the brewery in November each year. The first was held in 1999, after Roger had been at the brewery for just six months, providing a showcase not just for St Austell beers, but for beers from all Celtic regions, including, of course, many local beers. Last year’s festival was the 21st, but of course, with Corona Virus, we do not know if it will be held this year. This festival has achieved an outstanding reputation throughout the nation as one of the best beer festivals in the country, (to me it is the best, but then, I am biased.)

    Finally on behalf of Cornwall CAMRA can I pass on to Toni, his wife, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues in the brewing industry our most sincere condolences.

  • Roger Ryman Saturday 30 May 2020

    It is with enormous regret that we announce the untimely death of St.Austell Brewing Director Roger Ryman. There is a fitting obituary on the St.Austell Brewery web site.

  • Thursday 7 May 2020
  • Falmouth Beer Festival 2020 Sunday 19 April 2020

    We regret to announce that the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival for 2020 is cancelled. We hope to hold an event in 2021

  • LOSTWITHIEL BEER FESTIVAL Friday 13 March 2020
    Lostwithiel Community Centre

    Fri. 13th. March 7-11pm. Local Real Ale - Craft Gin & Vodka, with music from The Kenny Barnes’ Gang

    Sat. 14th.March 11.00am-10.00pm. Local Real Ale with live Six Nations Rugby

  • The Forgotten Corner of Cornwall Pub Tour Friday 6 March 2020
    Leap year Saturday the 29 February was the occasion of a grand pub tour in the Forgotten Corner of Cornwall for 33 CAMRA members. Most of us arrived at St Germans station, much to the surprise of the train manager who had never seen so many people get off at this quiet station in the winter.

    Our coach took us the short hop to our first pub, the newly reopened Halfway House at Polbathic. We were welcomed by Lloyd the landlord, who had Bath Ales Prophecy, South Hams Eddystone and Dartmoor Dragon’s Breath on handpump plus a local cider on gravity. We indulged in a pleasant pint or two in this comfortable pub at the gateway to the peninsula.

    Tearing ourselves away for our next pub, we headed east to Wilcove. The Wilcove Inn overlooks the Royal Naval Dockyard on the English side of the Tamar a mile and a half away across the Hamoaze reach of the River Tamar.

    This pub is owned by the Antony Estate and was closed for six months in 2019, refurbished and re-opened in July with Gemma as licensee. The Wilcove also had Prophecy plus St Austell Tribute and Draught Bass on handpump. The Bass was a whoopsie but quickly replaced by Exeter Ferryman in excellent condition.

    Again the timetable called, but we nearly didn’t make it beyond Wilcove as the coach couldn’t get up the hill! Lucky it was low tide so we could back up. On the third run up, we surmounted the hill and headed south west to the historic little port of St John.

    The village is situated at the head of St John's Lake, a large inlet of the Hamoaze. It centres around the medieval church which can be traced back through 1490, 1150 to an original Norman church of 1080. The St John Inn is a lovely village pub run by Rob and Gill and carries the emblem of the Cross of St John, which refers to the Order of St John which is an Order of Chivalry of the Crown and first came into being around 1080 when a hospital was established in Jerusalem by Benedictine monks to provide care for pilgrims, hence the then Knights Hospitallers and, yes, right down to today’s St John Ambulance. The pub cares for pilgrims of a different sort, who usually arrive by coach or car! Libations on offer were Draught Bass, Cornish Crown Porter and Black Sheep Ram Tackle. We also enjoyed a good value lunch. The various rooms of this cosy stone pub are adorned with pewter plate, military artefacts, horse brasses and many pictures. I even spotted a Devil Among The Tailors. There was a request about giving a mention to someone keeping a list of the top 100 pubs serving Bass.

    Devil among the tailors game

    Eventually, we had to make a move westwards towards Crafthole. The coach managed the hill out this time! The Little Fox Hotel, Crafthole, is a charming 14th Century hotel, formerly the Liscawn Inn, which lies back from the road and is set in over 3 hectares of grounds with fine views of Dartmoor. Steve had handpumped Wadworth Dirty Rucker and Skinner’s Betty Stogs or was it Splendid Tackle for us, at only £2.50 per pint.

    After a pleasant hour in the Aspects Bar, we left the residents to their peace and quiet, as we made our way to the last pub of the trip. We were faced by another hill to get out of the Little Fox so some of us bravely volunteered to walk up the driveway which allowed the coach to successfully reach the road and take us the half mile to the Finnygook Inn in the village centre of Crafthole.

    Supping in the Finnygook

    The large 15th Century Finnygook Inn gets its name from the ghost, or gook, of a famous local smuggler, Finney. Some stories claim that he wore a woman’s gook bonnet in public to hide his face. These days, he would be rather obvious as shown on the pub sign whatever he wore.

    Slimmer of the year!

    A few years ago, the Finnygook suffered a disastrous fire but has been luxuriously repaired in a modern style and is open as a restaurant, hotel and bar. Landlady Errica provided us with Bath Prophecy and Fuller’s London Pride to sup in comfort while watching the rain showers outside.

    At the end of an enjoyable day we returned to the station for our trains home. Thanks to Cornwall Branch Public Transport Officer and Social Secretary (East), Roger Webster, for organising such a grand day out.

    Steve Barber

    And finally..........A selection of other pictures from the day

  • South West Regional Meeting in Swindon Saturday 15 February 2020
    Venue The Kings, 20 Wood Street, Swindon SN1 4AB. Starts at 1230

    The meeting is in the main function room on the first floor, but please buy your drinks from the main bar downstairs. Directions Wood Street is in Old Town, Swindon; about 25 minutes walk from Swindon Railway Station.

    There are regular bus services from Fleming Way, about 5 minutes walk from the Railway Station, up the hill to Old Town.

    From the Railway Station follow the signs for ‘Town Centre’ until you reach a pedestrian underpass leading to the shops.

    Fleming Way is above the underpass and has numerous bus stands. Those going up to Old Town include:-

    • Swindon Bus Company 11 • Swindon Bus Company 12 • Swindon Bus Company 22 • Swindon Bus Company 25

    Alternatively if you arriving by bus into Swindon, or go to the Bus station, use the following buses:- • Stagecoach 9 • Stagecoach 49

    The bus stop you want in Old Town is ‘Prospect Place’ the opposite side of the road to the main post office. From the stop walk towards the roundabout ahead of the bus and then turn left into Wood Street. The Kings is on the left half way down Wood Street. Buffet (£7.50 per head)

    The Kings will be supplying a buffet for anyone who would like to eat there.

    The buffet will consist of:- • BBQ Chicken Wings • Sweet Cherry Cream Cheese Peppers • Mini Duck & Hoisin Spring Rolls • Sausages Glazed with Honey & Mustard • Selection of Vegetarian Quiches • Selection of Freshly Made Sandwiches

    The cost per head is £7.50 each and should be booked in advance with ku.gro.armac.nodniws@tcatnoc by Monday 10th February. We will collect payment on the day.

  • Exciting voluntary role of Regional Secretary is available Thursday 30 January 2020
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  • Exeter Winter Ales Festival Friday 17 January 2020

    If you wish to volunteer Download staffing form here

  • 2019 Falmouth "Twixtmas" walkabout Monday 6 January 2020
    The last Saturday of 2019 saw the annual walkabout around Falmouth’s pubs as well attended as always. Apart from Cornwall members we were joined by folk from Cardiff, Worthing, South Devon and Hampshire. What was particularly pleasing was there were new faces joining us. As has become traditional we assembled at the Seven Stars on the Moor and enjoyed some excellent beer in this very traditional, unspoilt hostelry.

    Some of us made our way up to the Boathouse, more fine real ale awaited accompanied by some stunning views over Carrick Roads.

    Back down the High Street and our next visit was the Hand Bar, which sadly by the time you read this has closed its doors for the final time, a sad loss to the town.

    Other members of the group had in the meantime also visited Pennycomequick which didn’t disappoint.

    Most of the group then reconvened at Beerwolf Books.

    I am not sure if the beer had started to kick in but judging by the picture it had ( or Beerwolf Books had started to tilt!). From here it was a short drop down to the Oddfellows Arms, a traditional pub that knows how to look after ale.

    Our final destination was the ‘front where the group reassembled and enjoyed some wonderful beer overlooking Custom House Quay. All too soon it was time for people to start heading for home, hopefully everybody enjoyed themselves and we look forward to repeating the experience next year.

    Inside the 'front Maurice of Worthing - Living proof Trumps wall should start at Devon!!

  • "Blue Skies" in St.Ives Tuesday 17 December 2019

    Beers going down well

    On December 17th 2019 about 30 Camra Kernow members met at St.Ives Brewery for a "Blue Sky" session to discuss and identify what we thought was the important stuff to focus on in 2020. But mostly it was about beer and frivolity. It also gaves us a chance to present Marco with his silver award (golden ales) for XPA form the Falmouth Beer Festival

    Watch this space for news of the "blue sky"results!!!

  • "Blue Sky" brainstorming results Saturday 7 December 2019

    On Saturday 7th December the Branch was invited to St Ives Brewery to vote on the activities they hold close to their campaigning heart; some are prescribed by CAMRA HQ as mandatory, but this was a blue-sky meeting. Blue sky, a place where rules do not exist and the top 20 is solely down to voting members ideals. Following a lively review of the Activities below 30 active members cast their votes, selecting up to 20 activities out of the 39 listed. The idea is that these votes will be taken on board and help focus the committee for their aims going forward.

    The results make interesting reading with a strong view on localism shining through with activities in the county being central with visits to local pubs and breweries ranking highly alongside the quarterly branch Magazine. Engaging possible new members through Social media, young members and through the Royal Cornwall Show scored surprisingly low. A turnout of 30 members verses the ~1,400 CAMRA Kernow members does make the scoring subjective to the view of only 2% of the membership.

    Without acceptation attendees at the meeting aired the same concern “Mobilising the CAMRA Kernow membership to become active is the fundamental Branch challenge.

    Too often the organising and managing the activities is taken by so few in voluntary organisations”

    The Blue-Sky Results

    HIGH SCORES

    Local communication tools - One & Ale our Branch Magazine and the Branch Website Local Engagement Activities & Days Out - Branch Trips & Festivals Acknowledging top Pubs – Through Whatpub & Pub of The Year awards Branch Branding – Clothing representing local CAMRA membership Mandatory Fundamentals – Financial and Membership management

    AVERAGE SCORES

    Acknowledging Pubs – Good Beer & local Guides Brewery Promotion – Tasting notes, Promoting producers, Awards, BLOs & CBOB Mandatory meetings – Branch & Committee meets Cider Promotion - Promoting producers, Awards,

    LOW SCORES

    Protecting Pubs – Monitoring pubs Opening & Closing, ACVs Mandatory meetings – Committee meets Acknowledging top Pubs – Cider Pubs & Clubs

  • Sunday 1 December 2019
  • Larking about on the Lizard Saturday 2 November 2019

    Heritage coast group. Beers in hand.

    A group of hardy individuals boarded the coach at Camborne Railway Station in early November and headed out on to the windy Lizard peninsula. Our first port of call was Mounts Bay Inn, Mullion, the venue for our latest branch meeting where we were greeted by our hosts Peter and Cheryl who very graciously supplied the first drink on the house which was hugely appreciated. After a very positive meeting and fortified by a splendid buffet, we moved onto the Halzephron Inn at Gunwalloe, an old smugglers inn overlooking the sea and reputed to have a tunnel behind the fireplace where we received a warm welcome and found some well kept ale and cider.

    From here it was onto Helston and the famous Blue Anchor, home of Spingo Ales, this historic pub is well worth a visit and good range of ales ensured all tastes were catered for.

    Chairman Bob presented a Falmouth Beer Festival award to owner Simon Stone for Spingo Special, Tom from Keltek Brewery was also present and received awards for Pilot Gig Porter and Golden Lance. Congratulations to both breweries.

    Porthleven was our next destination and the Ship Inn which is situated right on the harbour, the group split themselves between the bar and the adjoining Smithy and sampled some more well kept beer.

    Sadly, the day was coming to an end and we boarded the coach for the trip back to Camborne, although some of us did delay the train journey home and popped into the John Francis Basset for a nightcap!

    Vince Curtis

  • Haywood's Apple Picking Adventures Saturday 19 October 2019

    CAMRA Kernow members were joined by Regional Leaders to Go picking....

    SUPPORTING APPLES in OCTOBER THE CAMRA MONTH OF CIDER

    Cider Picking Adventures at Haywood's Cider Farm

    Haywood Farm is located in the beautiful Allen Valley, near the village of St. Mabyn, approximately 4 miles from Wadebridge. The Bray family have farmed here since 1919, but cider has been produced on the farm’s granite cider press for centuries, supplying the families and labourers with the Westcountry’s favourite drink.

    Tom Bray started making cider with a group of friends in 2003, and since then his enthusiasm, passion and expertise have continued to grow. Over the last five years, he has propagated and planted fourteen acres of orchards, carefully selecting varieties for their quality and suitability to the Cornish climate, all helping to create top-quality cider.

    Marching towards the trees.... Haywood's cider trees full of beautiful Apples

    After a Short Journey from Bodmin, the intrepid group of Apple lovers match towards the trees.....and my god was there a lot of trees and a bountiful abundance of apples.

    Under them trees is where the apples be......and oh mu god is there apples!!!! Let the picking commence....by your buckets....apples away!!!

    The team set about pick apples from the rows of trees. This is a real community events with locals turning up throughout the day, bring their kids and dogs who all mucked in. The aim to support Tom and the Haywood's team, meet new people and have bit of fun throughout the day.

    Snack Time….Regional Director Gareth McDonald and CAMRA Kernow Festival Organiser Sonia Bunce washing down the cheese with a swig of Tom's Cider. Champion Cider connoisseurs Regional Cider Director Bob Southwold and CAMRA Kernow Cider Rep Linda Dopson....savouring the mornings efforts through the art of cider drinking

    After a couple of hours and a trailer load of apples picked...we stopped for Cheese and of course refreshments......in the form of Apple juice and of course Tom's fantastic medium cider...

    Tom leading the picking with Vince, CAMRA Kernow Deputy Chair close behind What an Epic adventure....Tom Bray owner of Haywood's Cider Farm with a young helper overlooking of South West Regional Direct, South West Regional Cider Rep and Kernow CAMRA Cider Rep all having an appley good day!!!

    Back on to the trees, as we load up the tractors buck with more than just apples...!

    Then the trees were empty and the task done....Cheers all A massive sense of achievement washed down with a swill of cider and pork baps....Cheers All!!!

    Finally were back on the family table for a fill of pork rolls, with of course beautiful apple source, all swilled back by a glug of cider...

    I feel especially proud of the volunteers who all supported the efforts, a few aches and pains would have been woken up with in the morning, some knees and back were waning towards the end of the day....But everyone as team gained a massive sense of achievement as we all pushed through together to complete the rows of trees..... A round of applause to all involve and many thanks Tom and the team for hosting us for the day....Lets get booked in for next year....

    That's a cart load of apples....one of several for the day!!! Stevie B quenching his thirst with a Pint of Penny at Skinner's Ale House on the way home.

    Pick up some of this fantastic cider served both Traditional Still and Sparkling available across Cornwall for details see www.haywoodfarmcider.co.uk

  • Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 Saturday 5 October 2019
    The Fantastic Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 Volunteers

    The Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 Team

    Creating the Festival.....

    Start of the Day 1... Creating the Festival on Events Square The Marquee Frames goes up by 2pm

    John Heard of Tintagel Brewery Pop's in to Delivery his beers and collects awards for Excalibur & Poldark Ale Sort out the 246 Barrels....and 96 ciders into order and rack them up..

    Take a Moment and breathe the crisp air at the rear of the Marquee The final touches are Added, Including the doggie Bar courtesy of Driftwood Brewery And 2 days Later we are Ready to Rumble....

    Judging the Champion Beers & Ciders of Cornwall 2019

    Judging the Festival Beers & Ciders commences Some of our CAMRA tasting panel members join the panel of Judges

    Tables of our regular judges Judges new for this year from local business and Falmouth Town Council

    The Winners are......

    SUPREME CHAMPION BEER of CORNWALL 2019

    GOLD Harbour Brewery - Ellensburg Session IPA

    SILVER Tintagel Brewery - Merlin’s Muddle

    BRONZE Skinner's Brewery - Hops & Honey

    Harbour Brewery Champion Beer of Cornwall Pete Martin from Driftwood picking up his awards Marco from St Ives Brewery picking up his award Rob Orton pick up the St Austell Brewery awards Joe from Firebrand & Altarnun Brewery receiving his awards The Dynamite Valley Team picking up their Awards Betty Picking up the Award for Skinner's Hops and Honey Theo picking up his Award for Castle Brewery Tom from Keltek Brewery Picking up his awards Simon picking up the Award on behalf of Tremethick Brewery Simon picking up the Award on behalf of Tremethick Brewery

    CHAMPION CIDERS of FALMOUTH BEER FESTIVAL 2019

    GOLD Venton’s Devon Cyder Thirst Responder

    SILVER Perry's Cider Vintage

    BRONZE Sandford Orchards Creely Vintage

    CHAMPION CIDER of CORNWALL 2019

    GOLD Cornish Cyder - Pure Drop

    SILVER Riverside Cottage - Cider

    Champion Cornish Speciality Ale 2019

    GOLD Skinner's Brewery - Hops & Honey

    SILVER Sharp's Brewery - Sunset Red

    BRONZE Woodman's Wild Ale - Wild Mild

    Champion Cornish Porter 2019

    GOLD Keltek Brewery - Pilot Gig Porter

    SILVER Padstow Brewing Company - Pilot

    BRONZE Driftwood Spars Brewery - Bolsters Blood

    Champion Cornish Strong Mild and Old Ale 2019

    GOLD Driftwood Spars Brewery - Alfie's Revenge

    SILVER Tremethick Brewery - Dark Ale

    BRONZE Blue Anchor Inn - Spingo Special

    Champion Cornish Stout 2019

    GOLD Dynamite Valley Brewing Co. - Black Charge

    SILVER St Austell Brewery - Moo Juice

    BRONZE Castle Brewery - Stoggy Stout

    Champion Cornish Bitter 2019

    GOLD Dynamite Valley Brewing Co. - Gold Rush

    SILVER Treen's Brewery - Essential

    BRONZE Keltek Brewery - Lance

    Champion Cornish Strong Bitter 2019

    GOLD Tintagel Brewery - Merlin’s Muddle

    SILVER Harbour Brewing Company - IPA

    BRONZE St Austell Brewery - Hicks

    Champion Cornish Best Bitters 2019

    GOLD Driftwood Spars - Forest Blond

    SILVER Treen's Brewery - Classic

    BRONZE Forge Brewery - Tamar Source

    Champion Cornish Golden Ale 2019

    GOLD Harbour Brewery - Ellensburg Session IPA

    SILVER St Ives Brewery - XPA

    BRONZE Firebrand Brewing Co - West Coast IPA

    The 6 Tutored Tasting's went down a storm......

    St Austell's Rob Orton lead a path through St Austell Brews Pete Martin, Brewer and Owner at the Driftwood Spars brewery reveals the history and legends behind his beers

    Adam & Head of Cider at the Stables , leading us through the award winning Ciders Tom from Alternun Brewery, walking us through the progressive flavours of Firebrand brews.

    Tom Bryant, Head Brewer at Keltek Brewery steps up to unveil some new Award Winning Keltek Brews. Mark Rudge talks utilising wasted Cornish orchards and conserving the natural environments

    Some pictures through the festival...Much love to all the festival goers

    Adam Parfitt Rocking out Glamourous Ladies at the festival

    Opening Evening fills up nicely Out of County Bar Team 2019

    All Smiles on the Fast Track Desk.....Yes even Mark is smiling!! Cornish Bar Team

    Cheer Guys, Someone's enjoying the Tutored Tastings Truro Male voice Choir kick off the Cornish Shouts and Sing-a-longs's

    The Festival Merch and Membership Team The Backbone of the Festival the Cornish Bar

    A sketch , one of 2 share by one of our traveling beer lovers The immense Cider Bar

    A couple of our young members.....thanks so much for help us out! Betty up to her old tricks, with the 2 Beard Boys!!

    The Spoon's crew relax after a hard session on the bars! The final night with Cyderfex, rocking us out ……. Thanks Falmouth its been a pleasure.

  • Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom Wednesday 2 October 2019

    Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom

    My name is Mikey and I live in Filey in North Yorkshire. I just wanted to message you to say that I've very recently finished writing a book and it has now been published on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle format. The book is called Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom and it has taken me around 10 years to write. I have visited all of the pubs inside and it covers numerous counties in England, and also covers Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I have a great foreword at the beginning of the book written by one of the co-founders of Wold Top Brewery in East Yorkshire and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery in North Yorkshire. As this is my first ever book, I am wanting to spread the word to every part of the UK to get it out there. The Facebook fan page is for anyone to join and on it I will be keeping people updated by posting interesting facts and photos of the pubs I have visited in the book. The Amazon links and to the Facebook page are below:

    Paperback - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Wondrous-Historic-United-Kingdom/dp/1089962797/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=weird+wondrous&qid=1568580573&sr=8-1

    Kindle - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Wondrous-Historic-United-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B07XQJD9V6/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=weird+wondrous&qid=1568580607&sr=8-2

    Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/weirdwondrousandhistoricpubs/

    Feel free to share the above

    Kindest regards, Mikey

  • North Coast BBQ and Pub Tour Saturday 17 August 2019

    Bearded Brewery Group Photo

    35 CAMRA Kernow members and new adventurers joined together at the Steam Bar, the Great Western Hotel, Newquay, on a Gorgeous summers day, where we joined the coach to leave the hustle and bustle of the popular seaside town for a venture up the North coast.

    Beers at the Steam Newquay

    First Stop was just past the Airport and the remote location of The Bearded Brewery at Saint Mawgan. A full range of ciders were on offer alongside a selection of Bottle beers from Atlantic Brewery, and a range of boutique beers, ciders and spirits from around the world.

    CAMRA Members having cider times! In the beer shop at Bearded Brewery Bearded Brewery Ladies

    Sparky introduced us to the Breweries past and talked of days gone by when he and his business partner Rob brewed cider under the stairs through their college years for friends and how they acquired this barn on this populate shooting estate. The home of the Bearded Brewery.

    Bearded Brewery Menu Bearded Brewery Sign Sparky at Bearded Brewery

    Everyone had a cider or 3, blending concoctions from the 4% light fruit offerings through to the headbanging 10% ciders.....something for everyone. Then we headed off to the Traditional, Falcon Inn nestle in the village at Saint Morgan, a Good Beer Guide regular.

    FALCON INN

    The giant deckchair providing a great source of amusement for photos and a sense of helplessness, as we flailed around trying to dismount the structure. Shortly after we headed to the beach and the Merrymoor Inn, down at Mawgan Porth.

    Merrymoor Inn, St Mawgan Merrymoor Inn, St Mawgan

    A recently refurbished beer garden was calling us sun worshippers to the amazing coastal views. A pint or two of Sharps Own went down a treat, whilst taking a few shots of the scenery.

    Then on to our final stop, the Two Clomes at Quintrell Downs, for what only be described as a fantastic pint of Harbours Ellensburg session IPA. The tranquil gardens of this historic pub, and 2019 Good Beer Guide entry provided an opportunity to catch a few rays and a nibble on the complementary homemade sausage rolls.

    Picture from The Steam Newquay

    Finally we headed back to Newquay and the Steam Bar, before catching trains and buses back to the corners of the county. Many thanks to Hopley's Coaches and our driver Simon for looking after us on the day.

    Cheers All, Until next time. Bob

    See the pictures from our North Coast BBQ and Pub Tour
  • Black Flag presentation Sunday 28 July 2019

    The Black Flag Brewery team of Brothers Nico & Ben have recently opened their Brewery Tap at the recently re-located Black Flag Brewery.

    5 keg beers, a cask line and a real cider handful offer a great selection of drinks being enjoyed by a good number of locals..

    Falmouth Beer Festival Presentation to the Nico and Ben at the Black Flag Brewery. Bronze Award for Champion Golden ale of Cornwall 2018 for Chameleon

    Above Bob Bunce CAMRA Kernow chairman presenting Ben & Nico with a bronze golden ale award for their beer Chameleon which won at last years Falmouth Beer Festival.

  • South Devon CAMRA beer festival Thursday 25 July 2019

    Our neighbours at South Devon CAMRA are asking for staffing volunteers to help at their Beer Festival to be held on 25th to 27th July 2019 at Teignmouth Rugby and Football Club. This is the second Festival they have staged since 2012 and we need your help to ensure that it is a successful event! They need volunteers in many areas and we would be delighted if anyone could help at what promises to be a fun event...

    There will be space available for camping - either tents or camper vans. Below are the various files relating to volunteering to work at the festival which are self explanatory. There are various jobs that you can help with so please have a good look and just choose a role and a time that suits you.

    SD CAMRA volunteer form 2019

    SD CAMRA volunteer letter July 2019

    SD CAMRA Emergency Plan sunshine 2019

    Please email responses to Carol at moc.liamg@9102lavitsefenihsnus or by post to the address which is on the staffing form.

    We look forward to a great festival. Please do visit the South Devon branch website at southdevon.camra.org.uk to keep in touch with festival news.

    Cheers Bob... On behalf of Carol Doree

  • Falmouth Pub Guide Update - Volunteers Welcomed Thursday 27 June 2019
    Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide

    Malcolm our local guide co-ordinator is embarking on re-vamping and re-writing the Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide and has requested your help.

    Can you lend a hand? A get together is arranged for Thursday June 20th at the Oddfellows in Falmouth for a 19:30 start. If your willing to lend a hand and get involved drop Malcolm a note to say your coming or if you cant make the date but would like to get involved on moc.liamg@03newomloclam

    A second session in now planned for a meet in The Packet Station, Wetherspoons in Falmouth on Thursday 27th June from 12:30 PM, give Malcolm a shout if you able to join him.

    Here's a copy of the last Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide

    Many thanks for yours support!

    Help write the next Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide
  • Royal Cornwall Show 2019 Thursday 6 June 2019

    The Royal Cornwall Show - A Showcase of Cornish Brewing 6th – 8th June, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

    In collaboration with the Brewers Alliance and the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA. We are hosting a Cornish Ale bar for the third year in a row to showcase the diversity of Cornish beer. Come and meet your fantastic local brewers and some Kernow CAMRA members.

    Royal Cornwall Show Team 2018

  • SOUTH WEST REGIONAL CAMRA VISIT TO EAST CORNWALL Saturday 1 June 2019
    The White Hart Team

    JOIN US FOR THE SOUTH WEST REGIONAL CAMRA VISIT TO EAST CORNWALL

    SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY - SATURDAY 1st JUNE 2019

    INBOUND Train from the West to Plymouth arr. 10:17, Train from the East to Plymouth arr. 10:39

    Plymouth Station dep. 10:54, Gunnislake Station arr. 11:40

    Gunnislake Station dep. 11:45 then transport will be provided to the White Hart, Chilsworthy arr. 11:50

    Welcome to the White Hart, Chilsworthy Kernow CAMRA's pub of the year! Presentation of POTY Award, followed by a complementary buffet.

    THEN VENTURE OUT TO SOME OF OUR WONDERFUL CORNISH PUBS BY A SERIES OF SHUTTLE BUSES

    Including the Rising Sun Inn , Gunnislake.

    The Tamar Inn , Calstock

    The Boot Inn , Calstock

    Carpenter's Arms , Metherell

    OUTBOUND White Hart, Chilsworthy dep. 17:15 by provided road transfer to Gunnislake Station arr. 17:20

    Train from Gunnislake Station dep. 17.29 Plymouth Station arr. 18:14

    Alternatively depart from Calstock Station dep. 17.40 Plymouth Station arr. 18:14 (Please allow at least 10 minutes uphill walk from either The Tamar Inn or The Boot.

    Train to the East Plymouth dep. 18:25 or Train to the West Plymouth dep. 18:39

    DOWNLOAD A SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY HERE

    PLEASE BOOK YOU PLACE NOW WITH ROGER TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

    The is a charge of £5 as contribution towards the transport costs.

    Please deposit to the Kernow CAMRA Treasurer: Barclays Sort Code 20-74-20 Account No. 73951421. with Regional and 'your surname' as a reference, Thank you.

    Your contact for the day is moc.liamtoh@retsbewregor or 01566 779896 / 07818 032612

  • Britain’s best cider and perry revealed at Reading Beer Festival Tuesday 7 May 2019

    Well done DAVID and all at St Ives Cider for their Silver Award at CAMRA National Cider & Perry Awards

    David Pictured above receiving his qualifying Award at Falmouth Beer Festival which saw his progression to the National Competition.

    The CAMRA National winners were:

    Cider

    GOLD – Mayfayre’s Cider (Herefordshire)

    SILVER – St Ives Forager (St Ives, Cornwall)

    BRONZE – Ampleforth Abbey (North Yorkshire)

    Perry

    GOLD – Cleeve’s Orchard Perry (Ross-on-Wye)

    SILVER – Ralph’s Medium Perry (Powys)

    BRONZE – Out of the Orchard Perry (Newent)

  • The St Agnes Stroll Social Saturday 4 May 2019

    A good few CAMRA Kernow members, friends and dogs joined the 2nd of the Saturday Strolls around St Agnes. Starting at the Railway Inn where there a good few beers in great shape, including the fantastic Timothy Taylor Landlord. After admiring some of the shoe adorned walls, we were off to the St Agnes Hotel.

    The Railway Inn , St Agnes The Railway Inn wall of shoes

    A St Austell pubs, included in the Small Batch Brewery club. A blinding pint of the latest Small Batch Brew, Bloodline was enjoyed by all, except the cider drinkers!

    St Austell Small Batch Blood Line The counting room at the St Agnes Hotel

    A brisk walk down the hill and we arrived at the re-named Bear Bar (Previously the Peterville Inn). The house brew produced by Laines Brewery of Brighton wasn't to everyone's taste, unlike Sharp's Sea Fury which hit the spot perfectly.

    The Bear Bar Bear Bar St Agnes

    Final destination was the fantastic Ale and Sausage Festival at the St Agnes hotel where we were joined by head Brewer Pete Martin and the CAMRA Kernow members who has made a beeline for the Beer Festival.

    Driftwood Beer Fest

    A good day had by all, cheers and good health to all. It was great to see everyone, including new comers to the Saturday Strolls from both Liskeard and Newquay....we hope to see you again.

  • Help us make sure we choose the right pubs to represent Cornwall in the Good Beer Guide 2021 Wednesday 24 April 2019

    We need your Help !!

    Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 6,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA whatpub.com application. Theses scores along with visit reports have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the Pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall. A selection of these very best pubs are then nominated by the CAMRA Kernow Members to be consider as Pub of the Year or Cider Pub of the year.

    Here's a list of the pubs in Cornwall and the number of scores they have received in the first quarter of 2019. In excel and as a PDF.

    Can you visit pubs in your town and submit the scores to Whatpub.com?

    We would need at least 4 scores per pub from 3 different reporters for a good confidence level.

    All of the details of whatpub scoring and how to use the app can be seen here.

  • Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference in Dundee Friday 5 April 2019

    We've had an unprecedented response to our call to register to attend the 2019 Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference in Dundee next April. Not surprisingly, over 750 members have already put their names down as it's 8 years since the event was held in Scotland.

    It's open to all CAMRA members and is free to attend and we'd love to see you there too. Just log in with your membership number and password to register. If you've forgotten your password you can re-set it here.

    Over the Weekend you can discover great breweries and pubs; relax in the Members' Bar within the Caird Hall; take part in the AGM & Conference and join in discussions too. Beyond CAMRA-related activity, there's a huge amount to discover in Dundee - including the newly-opened V&A museum. Plan your weekend here.

    Everyone registered to attend will be contacted early next year about the range of organised brewery and pub trips on offer. So don't miss out - Pre-register now! Volunteering – be part of it! Help is needed in all areas - including setting up; in the CAMRA shop, on the information stand, counting votes - and in the Members' Bar. Volunteer Here. We look forward to welcoming you to Dundee

    Neil Leeson National Coordinator, Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference

  • Wednesday Walkabout - A5 bus route Newquay to St Merryn Wednesday 27 February 2019

    Wednesday 27 February started as a foggy late-winter morning as members made their way to Newquay for the start of a meandering pub crawl to pubs on the north coast A5 First Kernow bus route.

    Our intrepid leader, Steve, was found having his breakfast in the Towan Blystra Wetherspoon pub in Newquay, where a pint of Bay’s Devon Dumpling made a good start to the day.

    By the time the bus got to Newquay Airport, the sun had burned off the fog and we were in for a sunny day. This A5 did not descend into the Vale of Lanherne to the village of St Mawgan-in-Pydar, so we strolled down the lane past the Tudor buildings of Lanherne Carmelite Convent of Contemplative Sisters. However, we were contemplating the beers at the Falcon Inn where Dartmoor Legend, St Ives Boilers Golden Ale and Wadworth 6X were on offer, discounted for us as CAMRA members.

    The bus timetable called, so we reluctantly left magical St Mawgan behind to follow a magical mystery tour through villages, airfields and holiday camps to eventually arrive at St Merryn. There are two pubs in the area, the Farmer’s Arms in the centre of St Merryn and another St Austell house the Cornish Arms in Treveglos, some 700 yards to the north east. Sadly, there was only time to visit the Farmer’s Arms for a pint from a choice of St Austell Cornish Best Bitter, Proper Job or Tribute before the next bus heading back to Mawgan Porth to the Merrymoor, where Sharp’s Original went down very well.

    Suitably revitalised (can I use that word?), we decided to walk to the Traveller’s Rest at Trevarrian, have our last pint, and pick up the next bus back to Newquay. The Traveller’s Rest is only 1000 yards from the Merrymoor – an easy stroll? Not quite; There was the small matter of the 240 vertical feet, most of which is climbed in the first third of the journey. Now we know why the pub is so called. A rest we had with St Austell HSD to fortify us before the bus duly arrived.

    This is an interesting area of Cornwall, always close to the north coast with quite a few pubs in scattered communities that we did not have time to visit. Our quaint, bucolic road system means that the bus takes ages to make progress across country so that only a few pubs can be reached in a day but it proved worth the effort as the photos show.

  • Cornwall CAMRA Beer Price Annual Survey for 2018 Monday 25 February 2019

    Thanks to CAMRA members who scored their beer on WhatPub in 2018, we have information to help us to select pubs for the Good Beer Guide. 20% of those scores also had a price for the beer which allows us to calculate movements in beer price over the year. We had 1292 prices for real ales in any Cornish pub. It is well-known that Wetherspoon prices are consistently well below the prices in almost all other pubs, and we have one very prolific member who scores a lot of Wetherspoon beers. In fact, 43% of all the prices reported were for beers in Wetherspoon pubs. Therefore it is helpful to show the price trends for all pubs and also without the Wetherspoons. The results by month for 2018 for the average, highest and lowest price per pint plus the number of prices are shown in Table 1 and Figure 1 for all pubs and in Table 2 and Figure 2 for pubs excluding Wetherspoon.

    Table 1 Beer prices for all pubs by month in 2018

    Figure 1 Beer prices for all pubs by month in 2018

    Table 2 Beer prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon by month in 2018

    Figure 2 Beer prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon by month in 2018

    The trend in prices for all pubs between 2013 and 2018 is shown in Table 3 and Figure 3. For 2017 and 2018, the trend for non-Wetherspoon pubs is shown in Table 4 and Figure 3.

    Table 3 Annual beer price trends for all pubs

    Table 4 Annual beer price trends excluding Wetherspoon pubs

    Figure 3 Annual beer price trends for all pubs from 2013 to 2018 and average prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon for 2017 and 2018 only

    The low average price for the whole of 2018 for all pubs was caused by a disproportionately high number of Wetherspoon prices. The average price of beer excluding Wetherspoon before 2017 would be higher than the values for all pubs but we do not have the data to complete the table.

    So, our limited data shows that the price of a pint in a non-Wetherspoon pub in Cornwall in 2018 was £3.57, and for all pubs was somewhere between £2.92 and £3.57. If we get more scores and more prices reported in 2019 then we can calculate a better survey next year.

    Steve Barber, Cornwall NBSS Coordinator

  • Far West for a Wednesday Walkabout Wednesday 23 January 2019

    Cornish Crown porter presentation

    A group of CAMRA Kernow members went down to the far west for a Wednesday Walkabout on 23 January. Our first and last port of call was the Crown at Penzance where we partook of the excellent Cornish Crown beers and presented brewer Josh Dunkley with a CAMRA certificate for his win at the 2018 Falmouth Beer Festival with Silver in Champion Cornish Porters for Cornish Crown Porter.

    It was a pleasure to meet our good friends and formerly active CAMRA members Ted and Joy James in the Crown. We then took the bus to St Just for a tour of the four pubs there. The first was the excellent Star Inn, a Good Beer Guide regular.

    A pint of St Austell Cornish Best Bitter or two went down well. We dragged ourselves away from the conversation there and walked a few yards to the Kings Arms in the square.

    Another cosy granite St Austell pub where Tribute was enjoyed in front of a big open fire. Another short walk across the square brought us to the imposing granite Wellington Hotel, also St Austell, for another pint of Tribute.

    Finally, we made the final few yards to the equally imposing Commercial Hotel where we settled in the bar at the back for our final pint of Sharp's Doom Bar before catching the bus back to Penzance. The depths of winter may not be the best time to appreciate the most westerly town in Cornwall at 5 degrees 40 minutes west (further west than Campbeltown of whisky loch fame) but few such small towns can boast so many pubs.

  • 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales Friday 18 January 2019

    Would you like to volunteers for the 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales

    Dear CAMRA member,

    The 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales (FOWA) will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January 2019 at Exeter City Football Club.

    If you would like to help at the festival, please complete the attached Staffing Form. Any member volunteering will be asked to sign a copy of the 'Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Regulations' (copy attached for reference) when they register at their first session of working indicating that they have read the document and will abide by the regulations. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact details on the form. I look forward to hearing from you,

    Regards,

    Jan Dwan
(FOWA Staff Manager)

    Jan Dwan (FOWA Staff Manager) moc.kooltuo@nawd_naj

  • Twix-mas Walkabout Friday 28 December 2018

    A group from Cornwall, South Devon, Plymouth, Cardiff and Surrey/Hants toured seven pubs in Falmouth: Seven Stars, Packet Station, Pennycomequick, Prince of Wales, Beerwolf Books, Grapes and Front. Dan and Nigel raced up Jacob's Ladder. Nigel won in spite of giving Dan a good start! A good time was had by all as you can see. Cheers, Steve

  • Chilsworthy Branch Meeting at the White Hart Saturday 8 December 2018

    On a wet December Afternoon we headed towards the White Hart at Chilsworthy high on the banks above the Tamar River, maintaining the border between Cornwall and England

    The White Hart Team The beautiful buffet Dave of Forge Brewery

    The fantastic team at the White Hart kept some great local beers and presented a smashing fresh buffet. Dave from Forge brewery also joined us to be presented with his certificates from Falmouth Beer Festival.

    See the committee reports and minutes from the meeting in our members' area.

  • Two Clomes Presentations Saturday 1 December 2018

    CAMRA Kernow’s December social welcomed both members and non-members to join together in recognition of the Two Clomes entry to the Good Beer Guide, on Saturday.

    Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs

    A fine selection of ales from Sharp’s Brewery, Rock and Harbour Brewery, Bodmin were be on the bar. We were joined by Andrew Madden, Head Brewer and Alex Jacques, West Cornwall representative of Sharp’s Brewery, Rob & Sparky the cider creators form St Mawgan’s Bearded Brewery…All of whom will be presented awards for their success at Falmouth Beer Festival judging of Champion Beers and Ciders of Cornwall. The event was be followed by a Walkabout around Newquay.

    Rob & Sparky of Bearded Brewery

    Bearded Brewery Cider Makers were presented with Supreme Champion Cider of Cornwall 2018 Third place for Suicider and Cornish Fruit Cider 2018 Gold with Moustache Mango & the Bronze with Unshaven Maiden.

    Andrew & Alex of Sharp's Brewery

    The Sharps Team were presented with Champion Cornish Stout 2018 Silver - for the seasonal Cross Haven Oatmeal Stout and the Champion Cornish Best Bitter 2018 Silver for Atlantic.

    Phil behind the Bar at the Two Clomes

    Phil and the team at the Two Clomes provide fantastic quality ale, alongside some complementary mice pies and a very warm welcome. Everyone who attended raised a glass to the Two Clomes entry to the Good Beer Guide.

    Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs

  • The St Austell Celtic Beer Festival Get Together Saturday 24 November 2018

    On Saturday 24th November a number of CAMRA Kernow Members attended the fantastic Celtic Beer Festival... Celtic Beer Festival Rugby's ON!

    Here's a few picture's from the event...

    Congratulation for the Bronze Award in the 2018 Champion Bottled Beer of Britain with St. Austell Brewery's, Big Job Celtic Beer Festival Celtic Beer Festival Brewers Alliance Bar Celtic Beer Festival The Management Celtic Beer Festival Tasting Table Celtic Beer Festival Rock On!! Celtic Beer Festival Imperial Black Square

  • Wednesday Walkabout - Liskeard Wednesday 21 November 2018

    A selection of Steve Barbers photos from the CAMRA Kernow Wednesday Walkabout on a wet and gloomy 21 November.

    A good number of Kernow members turned out plus one from Plymouth. We visited the King Doniert (without getting Stoned), the Albion, the White Horse, the Red Lion and the Barley Sheaf. The rain stopped and the moon came out on the way home. A few cheery beers we had by all.

  • November Branch Social and Presentations Saturday 10 November 2018

    On Saturday 10th November CAMRA Kernow headed to Crowlas and St Ives for a Branch Social and Falmouth Beer Festival Presentations.

    First Stop the Home of Penzance Brewery, the Star Inn Crowlas

    Star Inn, Crowlas

    Including the Presentation to John and Kim Coulson for Polgoon's Mount's Bay Scrumpy. The champion Cider of Cornwall 2018.

    Polgoon Champion Cider of Cornwall Presentation

    And Presentation to the Penzance Brewery, for the Champion Mild of Cornwall 2018, accepted by Steve Bidwell, longstanding bar keeper of the Star, who departs for tropical shores in 3 months after 19 years behind the bar.

    Followed by a trip to the Good Beer Guide new entry The Pilchard Press, St Ives for some lovely beers.

    With Presentations to Marco of St Ives Brewery for the Champion Cornish Golden Ale 2018 Silver with St Ives - XPA and David of St Ives Cider for the Champion Cornish Cider Runner up with St Ives - Forager.

  • Branch Meeting at the Stag Inn Saturday 27 October 2018

    Some pictures from the CAMRA Kernow Branch Meeting held at the Stag Hunt Inn, Ponsanooth

    I great pub that supports local breweries and produces amazing curries.

    Congratulations to Stuart of Woodman's Wild Ales (pictured above) and to Sarah and Simon Treen for their Falmouth Beer Festival Awards. Many thanks to Gary for opening up for Saturday lunch to host us.

    Then after our trip down to Dynamite Valley Brewing at the Viaduct works.

  • Wednesday Walkabout - Padstow Wednesday 24 October 2018

    Another fantastic Walkabout around our beloved Padstow.

    Des and the Padstow Brewery Awards . Champion Strong Bitter of Cornwall 2018 - Padstow IPA

    Congratulations to Des, Caron and Simon at Padstow Brewery on their Gold for Padstow IPA in the Falmouth Beer Festival 2018 Strong Beer of Cornwall Competition.

    A selection of pictures from our Walkabout, including the Padstow Brewery tasting room, the famous London Inn and the Golden Lion home of the Old obby oss!

  • Return to the The Forgotten Corner Saturday 25 August 2018

    We ventured to ‘The Forgotten Corner’ to the Wilcove Inn which is situated at more or less water level next to the River Tamar with views across to the City of Plymouth.

    Stevie Wilmott on the Samples!

    By train to and from St. Germans station then Oakley’s coach to the Wilcove. Andy and his son Ben looked after us very well with lots of comfortable settees spread around on a pleasant and mainly sunny day. An interesting selection of beers to enjoy; I found the ‘SUP-WIYO from Collyfobbell Brewery in Derbyshire was to my taste. A number of Cornish beers including PROPER BLACK at 6% from the St. Austell Brewery not forgetting a mouth watering selection of ciders from 4% to 7.5% to keep Lin and others happy!

    Train pulls in to Path to the Wilcove Inn Wilcove Inn Lounging Outside at the Wilcove Inn Beer in the garden at Wilcove Inn Wilcove Inn View

    Then it was off to The St. John in the village of St. John. Rob and Gil gave us a great welcome with a superb selection of beers and 4 ciders. They took over the pub which had been closed for 5 years about a year ago; it is easy to see the hard work they put into the pub’s renovation to make it warm and welcoming with atmosphere.

    St Johns Inn St Johns Inn Team Len learning the strings from Jim

    I will add that on the trips we have made to the East of the County we have discovered a number of delightful pubs and I believe most are free houses.

  • Portscatho Branch Meeting and visit to St Mawes Saturday 18 August 2018

    Portscatho in the Sunshine

    On Saturday, 18 August we hosted a Branch Meeting at the Plume of Feathers in Portscatho. After a brief visit to Ranna Watha in St Austell the coach whisked us off to Porthcatho where we were hosted by our great friends Roger and Helen.

    Rann Wartha ST Austell Plume of Feathers Portscatho Plume of Feathers Portscatho

    A brief branch meeting was followed by a tour of the surrounding area, including free time to visit pubs at St Mawes including The Rising Sun, The Victory Inn and St Mawes Hotel.

    St Mawes St Mawes Hotel

    Many thanks to our Social Secretary Ann for organising another wonderful trip....All at a great value of £5 a seat....see you next time.

  • Sunshine Festival Thursday 26 July 2018

    A fantastic Festival from our CAMRA friends in SOUTH DEVON, see you in Newton Abbots

    Shhhhh don't tell everyone....Here's the The Sunshine Festival Beer & Cider List

  • Holsworthy Brewery Tour & Pub of the Year Presentation Saturday 21 July 2018

    Holsworthy Brewery

    Many thanks to Dave Slocombe of Holsworthy Ales for a fantastic introduction to his beers and Brewery. Thanks to BLO's Morris and Fiona for welcoming us also. We tried some great beers Dave's range.

    Holsworthy Brewery

    The Pint and Post at St Giles on the Heath provided a welcome stop on our return to Launceston. Thanks to Tim and Lorraine for such a warm welcome and a lovely selection of beers.

    Pint & post Pint & post Pint & post

    Runner up Pub of the Year 2018 - The Bell Inn Runner up Pub of the Year 2018 - The Bell Inn Runner up Pub of the Year 2018 - The Bell Inn

    Runner up Pub of the Year 2018 - The Bell Inn Runner up Pub of the Year 2018 - The Bell Inn Runner up Pub of the Year 2018 - The Bell Inn

  • Wednesday Walkabout - St Austell Wednesday 18 July 2018

    Some pictures from the Wednesday Walkabout in Falmouth

    The Wednesday Walkabout at St Austell Brewery

    Starting at the Hick Bar, St Austell's Brewery bar..Great to Dave the St Austell Techy has joined the gang

    Mr Smalls Taphouse Mr Smalls Taphouse Mr Smalls Taphouse

    Mr Smalls Tap house, St Austell's First Micro-pub...A Fantastic range of Cornish beers.

    The Seven Stars Sevens Stars History

    Seven Stars, St Austell's First ever pub, showing the breweries history upon its walls

    The Rashleigh Charlestown View from The Harbourside/Pierhouse Charlestown.

    Finish in the two St Austell pubs down in Charlestown

  • A tour of some fantastic pubs down West Saturday 14 July 2018

    The latest Branch Meeting was be held in the Coldstreamer in Guval, followed by a tour of some fantastic pubs down West. Here's a few pictures of the day.

    The Coldstreamer, Guval

    The Tinners Arms - Zennor

    The Engine Inn, Cripplecease

    The White Hart, Ludgvan

  • Wednesday Walkabout Falmouth Wednesday 11 July 2018

    Some pictures from the Wednesday Walkabout in Falmouth

    The Hand Bar

    The Hand Bar

    The Seven Stars, Heritage Pub

    The PennyComeQuick, A fantastic up and coming pub, Then up the steps to the Jacobs Ladder

    The Jacobs Ladder The Jacobs Ladder Pub

    Finishing at the Fantastic Local Pub the Sea View Inn and that amazing view

    Sea View Inn Sea View from the Sea View Inn

  • The Royal Cornwall Show 2018 Friday 8 June 2018

    The Royal Cornwall Show - A Showcase of Cornish Brewing 7th – 9th June, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

    Royal Cornwall Show Team 2018

    This Cornish Ale bar is a collaboration between Cornwall's fine breweries and the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA. We shared a sample or 2 of the finest brews from Breweries across Cornwall. Showcasing the diversity of Cornish beer, severed by fantastic brewers and CAMRA members.

    A couple of pictures from the show...

    Morris Men at the Royal Cornwall Show Royal Cornwall Show Doggie Bar 2018

    Cider Judging Prince Charles

    22 beers and Cider from Cornish Breweries including Atlantic, Bude, Castle, Dowr Kammel, Driftwood, Firebrand, Forge, Keltek, Penpont, Rebel, Sharp's, Skinners and St Austell.

    Many thanks to all who can and showed their support!!

  • Dynamite Valley Brewery set for growth with new management team Thursday 7 June 2018

    Dynamite Management Team 2018

    Dynamite Valley Brewery get set for growth with new management team One of Cornwall’s established craft ale breweries has welcomed new members to its management team as it gets prepared to grow and develop the business in the county, and beyond.

    Dynamite Valley Brewery, based in Ponsanooth, has seen founder and brewer Dom Lilly be joined by new Managing Director Keith Baker, former owner of Bodmin Jail, and new Commercial Director Gareth Jenkins as full-time members of the team. Baker and Jenkins joining as Directors and investors in the business will pave the way for growth plans to build upon its existing success. Dynamite Valley Brewery, renowned for its cask ales, has seen further success recently following the launch of their bottled beer range. Other new products coming soon include a keg and can range featuring favourite ales from the brewery’s repertoire

    Founder Dom Lilly said: “It’s fantastic timing for the business to welcome Keith and Gareth on board. The launch of our bottles has proved so popular that to keep up with the increasing demand we could really benefit from new equipment to maintain a consistent level of stock.

    “Their business experience and investment will allow us to improve and expand our range to keep our customers and Cornish beer lovers happy. We’re launching two new bottles very soon, our popular Kennall Vale Pale and Pioneer cask ales, and we’re investing more in our popular Beer Café which takes place every Saturday.”

    Baker and Jenkins’ involvement will also result in the redevelopment of the Dynamite Valley website, which will soon feature an online shop for beer aficionados across the UK to purchase bottles to enjoy, plus the team will be sharing more news and behind-the-scenes insights with their fans on social media.

    Dynamite Valley Brewery will be celebrating its third birthday on the July 14th with an exciting afternoon at its on-site beer café.

    Dynamite Valley Brewery set for growth with new management team
  • NewquayPubs Celebrate being Highly Commended in the Kernow CAMRA Pub of the Year Competition Sunday 3 June 2018

    Saturday saw a group official recognition of the Highly Commended Pub of The Year Winners in Newquay, being recognised through the presentation of Certificates by Kernow CAMRA chairman Bob Bunce and a group of local CAMRA members.

    The Red Lion, Newquay has been voted in the top 4 Real Ale pubs in the County

    Congratulations to Louise and the Team.

    The Stable, Fistral has been voted in the Top 3 cider pubs in the county. Congratulations to the Stable Team.

  • It’s back to the future with returnable glass beer bottles Wednesday 30 May 2018

    The Barrel at Bude micropub is going 'back to the future' by offering its bespoke range of beers in returnable glass bottles.

    Following the success of A Greener Bude, an environmental action group looking to reduce single-use plastic, initiated and led by Bude resident Deb Rosser, Ian and Rachel O'Hare, owners of North Cornwall’s only micropub, have eliminated all single-use plastic.

    Instead, their unique range of Cornish-hopped beers — brewed at Simon and Justine Carruthers' Dowr Kammel Brewery, at St Breward — come in returnable glass bottles.

    The brewery itself is a model of sustainability, using its own hops grown nearby, utilising green energy from solar panels, and keeping their beer cool in a ‘cave’, forgoing electric refrigeration.

    Ian said: “We offer 10p for every returned bottle, which whilst not a fortune, has made our customers aware that we re-use the bottles and has encouraged them to return these to The Barrel.

    "We then steam-clean them using a small set-up built by one of our customers — a qualified design engineer —and then take them back to the brewery on one of our regular pick-ups, for sterilisation and refill. We can re-use the bottles because we invested in waterproof labels that allow us to repeat this process many times over.”

    But the benefits are not only environmental. Ian added: “Recycling and refilling, of course, means less transportation to recycling plants, less industrial processing and reduced transportation afterwards, but it also means a financial saving for our customers and for ourselves.

    “We don’t know of anyone else who does this, but hope others will follow our lead and help support the many campaigns across the county and the country to re-use and reduce the environmental impact of our actions.”

    The Barrel range of beers are unique in that each is made with Cornish hops grown on the slopes of the River Camel. Single Barrel lager, Double Barrel Pilsner and Tripel Barrel — a Belgian-style Tripel are now joined by Compass Point Gold Ale and Goldsworthy’s Strong IPA.

  • Roger's Magnificent Mild May Trip Saturday 12 May 2018

    A few pictures from the Mild Month of May trip to the Blisland Inn, The St Maybe Inn, Haywood's Cider Farm and The Hole in the Wall

    After a swift pick up from Bodmin, we landed at the Blisland Inn, Located North of Bodmin just off the A30.

    With the Landlord Garry welcoming us from his perch at the Bar, a marvellous selection of Mild's were sampled, with no less than 5 beers being changed in the couple of hours we spent sampling some absolute gems.

    Blisland Inn Blisland 2 Blisland 3

    The Onwards we ventured to Haywood's cider farm where we sampled some beautiful cider blended to our acquired tastes. Tom has hand reared all of the trees in his orchard and kindly gave us a tour and familiarised us with the farm and family history.

    Then Back up the Farm track to the wonderful St Maybn Inn where there was some truly fantastic Cornish Mild, Brewed by Dave at Forge brewery, packed with flavour at only 3.2% ABV it was a welcomed refreshment.

    Finally we jumped back on the Coach for a final stop at our 2015 & 2016 CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year the hole in the Wall, Where Steve had some fantastic beers on the bar including Harvey's Best and Batemans Dark Mild...A perfect end to a fantastic trip......

    Cheer's Roger you smashed it again !!!

  • Wednesday Walkabout Penzance Wednesday 2 May 2018

    Some pictures from Wednesday Walkabout Penzance.

    Great to see so many faces and some Out of County Friends join us.

  • THE AWARD WINNING DRIFTWOOD SPARS CHARITY & FESTIVAL NEWS Tuesday 1 May 2018

    £5000 raised for kids with Cancer

    Driftwood £5000 Charity

    The Driftwood Spars and Driftwood Spars Brewery raised £5000 for Clic Sargent in 2017. With the support of the local community they held events such as Call my Bluff wine tasting, Pub Quiz with Peter Mitchell (our County Councillor) and 10p from every pint of the beer ‘Spars’ produced by Driftwood Spars Brewery all helped reach the total. This year the 2 businesses has started to raise funds for the St Agnes Sports clubs.

    National Silver ‘Freeform’ Award for Gluten Free Beer

    Driftwood Spars Brewery is also celebrating success at the national ‘Freeform’ Awards for winning Silver in the beer category of the awards for the gluten free beer ‘Unexpected’. The beer is brewed from Sorghum, a replacement for the malt used in regular beer. It is a light fruity beer and available in bottles from the brewery shop and local off-licences across Cornwall.

    Celebrate Bolster Weekend at Sausage & Ale Fest

    To Try Spars or Unexpected join the Driftwood Spars & Brewery at the 11th annual Sausage & Ale festival on the May Day bank holiday weekend. It starts at 12pm on 4th May and will finish on Monday 7th. Beers have been collected from great microbreweries across the south west & midlands of England. There will be a selection of sausages to try from local Butcher Chapman’s of Perranporth, live music and on Sunday you can join in the Bolster celebrations throughout the village.

  • AGM Voting Result Sunday 22 April 2018

    The National AGM voting results.

    The top 4 NE places become the NE And the all important Special Resolution votes, where above a 75% majority is achieved the SR will be updated in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association.

    National Executive election results

    Lynn Atack – 8,491 (14.9%)

    Gillian Hough – 6,608 (14.9%)

    Ash Corbett-Collins – 6,083 (10.7%)

    Nik Antona – 6,054 (10.6%)

    Bradley Cummins – 5,573 (9.8%)

    Chris Stairmand – 5,473 (9.6%)

    Alexander Wright – 5,472 (9.6%)

    Ian Hill – 5,226 (9.2%)

    Nicholas Hair – 4,151 (7.3%)

    Greg Cloney – 3,715 (6.5%)

    Special Resolutions

    SR1. To approve the deletion of Article 2 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association, other than the following wording: “2. The objects for which CAMRA is established are:” – 84.1% in favour

    SR2. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(a) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(a) to secure the long term future of real ale, real cider and real perry by increasing their quality, availability and popularity;” – 88.8% in favour

    SR3. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(b) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(b) to promote and protect pubs and clubs as social centres and part of the UKʼs cultural heritage;” – 92.1% in favour

    SR4. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2© in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2© to increase recognition of the benefits of responsible, moderate social drinking;” – 89.3% in favour

    SR5. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(d) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(d) to play a leading role in the provision of information, education and training to all those with an interest in beer, cider and perry of any type;” – 78.2% in favour

    SR6. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(e) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(e) to act as the voice and represent the interests of all pub- goers and beer, cider and perry drinkers;” – 72.6% in favour

    SR7. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(f) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(f) to ensure where possible that producers and retailers of beer, cider and perry act in the best interests of the consumer.” – 88.4 % in favour

    SR 8. To approve the deletion of Article 3 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association, and to replace it with the following: “3(a) CAMRA is formed as an independent, volunteer led, non-party political body to pursue its objectives. 3(b) CAMRA will operate in a transparent, inclusive, enthusiastic and welcoming manner, at all levels.” – 92.4% in favour

    SR9. To approve the deletion of Article 4 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association, and to replace it with the following: “4. In furtherance of the above objects but not otherwise CAMRA shall have power:

    (a) to purchase, acquire, sell, exchange and otherwise deal in any way, whatsoever with freehold, leasehold or other property, chattels and effects;

    (b) to borrow or raise or secure the payment of money in such manner and on such terms as may seem expedient;

    © to co-operate with and assist in any way, including the investment of monies, by way of purchase of shares or the making of loans, whether secured or unsecured, or in any other manner whatsoever, any other organisation or corporation or company which is sympathetic to the objects of CAMRA;

    (d) to participate in bank direct debiting schemes as an originator for the purpose of collecting membership subscriptions and any other amounts due to CAMRA; in furtherance of this, CAMRA may enter into any indemnity required by the banks upon whom direct debits are to be originated, and any such indemnity may be executed on behalf of CAMRA by its authorised company account signatories;

    (e) to undertake, encourage and provide finance for research or experimental work connected with the said objects or any of them;

    (f) to manufacture, sell, treat and deal in all kinds of services, commodities, substances, materials, articles and things;

    (g) to maintain the necessary governance, structure, capabilities and financial resources to deliver its objects;

    (h) to establish and support branches, acting individually or jointly in voluntary association, whose objects are the same as the objects of CAMRA and to supply or aid in the establishment and support of clubs or associations whose objects are sympathetic to the objects of CAMRA;

    (i) to carry out all or any of the foregoing objects as principals or agents or in partnership, co-operation or conjunction with any person, firm, organisation, company or corporation and in any part of the world;

    (j) to develop products and services which promote the Campaign as widely as possible, grow and diversify the membership and activist base and generate campaigning funds(k) to form partnerships and alliances with those organisations whose aims and objectives align with its own on individual issues;

    (l) to do all such other things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the said objects or any of them.” – 87.5% in favour

    SR10. To approve the addition of the following at the end of Article 25 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “…, and such written notice of intent has been signed by not less than 50 Members.” – 89.1% in favour

    AGM results
  • Wednesday Walkabout Looe Wednesday 18 April 2018

    Our Social Secretary Ann Burnett couldn’t make this one so had passed the guide duties on to local CAMRA member Geoff Puddephattt, who is also on the Cornwall Branch Committee as Clubs Officer.

    A total of between 8 and 10 members turned up in this Cornish seaside town that is split into East and West Looe by the tidal river. Train was the most popular mode of transport to reach the town using the branch line from Liskeard. As connections can sometimes be long-winded the start time had been delayed until the arrival of the 14.22 from Liskeard and was to be in The Globe, opposite the station.

    Inevitably, because of train connections for the return, some ‘walkabouters’ started earlier and visited the two pubs in West Looe that were to be included later on during the day. The Harbour Moon had Sharp’s Doom Bar and Fullers London Pride, with the Proper Job pump clip turned round. The Jolly Sailor had Doom Bar, Tribute, Bath Gem and Dartmoor Jail Ale on the pumps and, claiming to be the oldest pub in Looe, provided a unique atmosphere for our visit.

    Taking advantage of a passing bus for the trip back across the river enabled the advance party to meet up at The Globe in time for the start of the walkabout. St Austell Tribute was the only beer available until the Shepherd Neame Spitfire was pulled through, having just run out as we walked through the door.

    The Salutation was next on the list and although olde worlde in atmosphere only had Doom Bar on offer. The Fisherman’s on the other hand had Doom Bar, Tribute and Cameron’s Whakanui. The latter being a regular changing guest beer.

    The Walkabouters in The Fisherman’s with an appropriate sign behind party leader Geoff’s head.

    An advantage of visiting pubs in Looe on any walkabout is that they are all a short distance apart and on the level. So it wasn’t long before the party found themselves in The Quayside where the choice of ales was either Doom Bar or Sea Fury, also from Sharp’s and formerly known as Special.

    Being on the level was mentioned above, but stairs had to be climbed to Looe Angling Club that, although technically is a club, allows free entry to CAMRA members. Only one real ale was on offer but the fact that this was Hunter’s Pheasant Plucker and cost £3 a pint was compensation enough.

    The advance party left here to catch the 18.42 train home after a swift Spitfire in The Globe, while the remainder crossed the river to finish the walkabout in the two pubs in West Looe previously mentioned.

    A pleasant day out was enjoyed by all who took part and it is recommended that you join us on our next walkabouts that have been arranged each month.

    Report and photos by Steve Willmott

    An additional Picture shared by Brian in reply to the Newsletter Editor !!

  • The ‘front, Falmouth wins the double !! Sunday 15 April 2018

    With a huge cheer and massive congratulations to Matt Reay and his team, it’s a pleasure to Present the ‘front, Falmouth with the awards for both the CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2018 and the CAMRA Kernow Cider Pub of the Year 2018.

    Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 6,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA whatpub.com application. Theses scores along with visit reports have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the Pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall. A selection of the very best pubs have been nominated by the CAMRA Kernow Members to be consider as Pub of the Year or Cider Pub of the year.

    CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year considers all the criteria that makes a good pub including fundamentally the beer and cider quality but the overall experience, the cleanliness, the welcome received, the service provided and the positive reflection of CAMRAs aims to promote Beer, Cider and Perry.

    We are very proud to recognise Matt and his team at the 'front for coming number 1 in the counties 620 Pubs....in the category of both Beer & Cider Pub of the Year!!!

    This is the first time that any pub has ever taken the Double!

  • Rebels 80/- Wins Again Saturday 14 April 2018

    Congratulations to Shirley & Steve for the ongoing success of Rebel Brewery and 80/-!!

    After again winning Champion Beer of Britain at last years Falmouth Beer Festival for the third time, the Rebel Brewing company's porter named 80 Shilling continues to win awards, this time at a regional level with a Bronze Award in the Champion Beer of Britain Competition. Based in Penryn, the brewery continues deliver, be sure to pop into the brewery shop and pick up some for yourself.

  • The Stables Falmouth Highly Commended Cider Pub of the Year! Saturday 14 April 2018

    Congratulations to the Falmouth Stable's Team as they are named in the top 3 Cider pubs of the County

    The Dorset based Stable Company focus on offering a diverse range of quality cider at the core of the brand, the Falmouth Bar continues to delight with a diverse and varied range of both local and regional varieties. A core brew being their own blend produced by Cornish Orchards name Rapscallion, at over 6% delivers quite a bite.

    CAMRA Kernow Branch Chairman, Bob Bunce and Branch Members seen here presenting the Falmouth team with their Highly Commended Award and celebrating their success.

  • Committee Visit To Sharp's Brewery Saturday 7 April 2018

    A few pictures from the committees visit to Sharps Brewery...Write up to follow shortly,

    From left to right Hayley (Sharp's production Brewer), Rod Davis (Pubs Officer), Steve Willmott (Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor), Linda Dopson (Cider Representative), Bob Bunce (Branch Chairman), Roger Webster (Transport Officer and Joint Social Secretary), Sonia Bunce (Press Officer, Branch Contact, Press Officer and Festival Chairman), Jim Gordon (Treasurer), Craig Allen (Branch Secretary), Geoff Puddephatt (Clubs Officer), John Stredder (Newsletter Advertising Contact), David Rescorla (Young Persons Representative), Steve Barber (Chair of CAMRA Cornwall Tasting Panel, NBSS coordinator and Regional Tasting Panel Coordinator) and James Nicholls, Sharp's Head of Marketing)

  • Wednesday Walkabout - Helston Wednesday 4 April 2018

    The first Wednesday Walkabout of 2018 was to Helston on a dull and slightly drizzly day but a good turnout of nearly twenty members made for a very sociable event. Unfortunately Ann Burnett (Social Secretary) could not lead the walk as her Mum died the previous day; our thoughts were with her. Chris Mason also had to pull out and he rang from his hospital bed. So Steve Willmott stepped in at the last minute, ably assisted by Doug and Pam, to lead the band of drinkers around some of the pubs in the town. We were joined by Dave & Linda Bascombe from Southampton branch who were staying locally and had spotted that we were meeting. Pam was able to chat about Soton pubs as she had spent a few years there.

    It had been arranged that we all meet in the Coinage Hall, Wetherspoons for a two o’clock start, but the bus services to Helston are somewhat few and far between from certain directions. The opportunity to have a few drinks and something to eat was taken by many earlier arrivals, but the choice of real ales was somewhat disappointing. Maulden White Adder quickly ran out, leaving Skinner’s Porthleven, Hops n’ Honey and Sharp’s Doom Bar. However, on leaving, it was discovered that a Cornish Chough had been added to the handpulls and Steve Barber together with some other tasting panel members had to stay to try this one too.

    A telephone call had been made to The Rodney on Meneague Street to see what ales they had available and as these were St Austell HSD and Tribute, Skinner’s Porthleven and Honey Bunny, we were soon giving the licensees some welcome business. They showed their appreciation by giving us all a postcard of the pub that we could send to absent friends.

    Next pub visited was Henlys where the choice was from St Austell Tribute, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Skinner’s Lushington and Rebel Nightshade.

    Although the Red Lion, almost next door to Henlys, was also visited by some members a note was not made of the ales available. The Seven Stars had to be passed on Coinagehall Street as it was closed, and had been for several weeks, looking like it is in need of some TLC.

    The final and probably most welcoming pub of the tour was the Blue Anchor. World famous for their home-brewed Spingo ales, most of the range of them were available to try. Being the week after Easter there was some Easter Special to try, although it was recommended to either sip a pint slowly or just have a half as it weighed in at 7.5% - or was it more? The lovely coal and log fire was burning bright in the back bar and combined with the Spingo beers we all had to cast off coats and jumpers.

    While on a wander out to the gents toilets Steve Willmott met brewer Gareth just finishing for the day and was able to have a short chat. Gareth is still having to brew on the ancient plant as, although the new brewery is all fitted and ready to run, there is some dispute with the owner of the pub (the lease is due for renewal in a year or so) regarding running a pipe from the new brewery to the fermenters.

    It was all too soon for the walkabouters to catch their various buses home, looking forward to the next one in about a month’s time.

    A few picture of the day below

  • The ‘Front takes the Double!! Monday 2 April 2018
    CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year 2018

    The winners of, CAMRA Kernow (Cornwall Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale) Pubs of the Year 2018 has been decided. Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 6,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA whatpub.com application. Theses scores along with visit reports have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the Pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall. A selection of the very best pubs have been nominated by the CAMRA Kernow Members to be consider as Pub of the Year or Cider Pub of the year.

    CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year considers all the criteria that makes a good pub including fundamentally the beer and cider quality but the overall experience, the cleanliness, the welcome received, the service provided and the positive reflection of CAMRAs aims to promote Beer, Cider and Perry. All CAMRA branches nationally have chosen their pub of the year which then gets entered into 16 regional competitions. The overall winner becoming CAMRA’s National pub of the Year. Our fingers are crossed for regional and national success for our Cornish winners.

    The top 4 pubs in the 500+ pubs in Cornwall that were shortlisted in this year’s Pub of the Year title race were the ‘front (Falmouth), the Bell Inn (Launceston), the Red Lion (Newquay) and the Old Ale House (Truro).

    The top three Cider Pubs of the Year being named the Stable (Fistral), the ‘front and the Stable (Falmouth).

    With a huge cheer and massive congratulations to Matt Reay and his team, it’s a pleasure to announce that the ‘front, Falmouth is named both the CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2018 and the CAMRA Kernow Cider Pub of the Year 2018. This is the first time that any pub has ever taken the Double!

    We would like to award a Runner-Up CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year which goes to the Bell Inn, Launceston who were exceptionally close to the title. Congratulations to Ivor, Linda and their team in Launceston. Making the final selection is a massive accolade in itself and acknowledge highly commended status to the Red Lion, the Old Ale House, the Stable Fistral and the Stable Falmouth.

    The 'front now goes into the regional, Exeter and the East, stage of the completion where it is up against

    Devon The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres

    Plymouth The Royal Oak, Meavy

    North Devon The Bell, Chittlehampton

    Somerset The Crossways, West Huntspill

    South Devon Bridford Inn, Bridford

    for the regional crown.

    The first of the official Pub of the Year presentations will kick off on Saturday 14th April in Falmouth.

    Where will be heading into the Stable for 12.30pm followed by the ‘front at 1.30pm with the opportunity to taste some fantastic beers and ciders throughout the afternoon in two great venues in one of the best real ale and cider towns in the county. Both the venues are situated next to each other on the Custom House Quay.

    Please do come and share in the Pubs success with us. We would love to see you at the presentations or at any of the festivals or events that we host throughout the year as we actively try to protect and promote pubs and promote Real Ale, Cider and Perry. Please help us promote your local. See the website for full details www.cornwall.camra.org.uk. We currently have 1,300 CAMRA members in Cornwall and we will always have some room for some more come and join the fun. We will release the other dates of the highly commended presentations for The Bell, Launceston, Old Ale House, Truro, Red Lion, Newquay and the Stable, Fistral as soon as they’re confirmed.

  • CAMRA KERNOW 2018 AGM Saturday 24 March 2018

    Many thanks to all the CAMRA Members who joined us on Saturday for this weekend AGM. A whole range of subjects covered with the Revitalisation Project being close to everyone heart. Many thanks to Robin and the Old Ale House Team for hosting us and serving some fantastic Beer and Ciders.

    (Thanks to Matt Stribley for his 3 years stint as Branch Treasurer, Regional Director Gareth MacDonald's Address the Cornish Members, Thanks to Chris Mason for his many years service as the Branch's Newsletter Advertising Cordinator)

    Many thanks to everyone who makes Kernow CAMRA what it is today, New members and friends are always welcomed to join us supporting the pubs and breweries of Cornwall

  • Celebrating Skinner's Success at Falmouth Beer Fest 2017 Saturday 24 March 2018

    Congratulations to Skinner's Brewery another successful hall of Awards.

    At the AGM a pause in proceeding was taken to Present Robin Lawson of the Skinner's Brewery tap, The old Ale House, Truro with the Official certificates for Betty Stogg's and Pennycomequick both winners at last years Falmouth Beer Festival.

    Pennycomequick winning Bronze place as the overall Supreme Beer of the festival, amongst 247 other beers.

  • The Dark, the Light and the Saison Presentation Saturday 10 March 2018

    On Saturday 10 March there was a gathering of CAMRA beer and cider drinkers at the Driftwood Spars at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, to enjoy the pub beer festival and make two presentations. The Driftwood’s festival theme was ‘The Dark, the Light and the Saison’. In addition to the Driftwood beers, other beers and Touchwood Medium Cider on handpump in the bar, there were ten beers on gravity from far and wide, with a range of styles to suit everyone.

    Touchwood Medium

    Bob Southwell, CAMRA’s South West Regional Cider Coordinator, came down from South Devon to present the CAMRA Gold Award for Champion Cider of Devon & Cornwall to Nigel Smith of Touchwood Cider for his Medium Cider. The ciders were judged at the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival last October. Touchwood Cider is based in Mithian, which is only a few miles from St Agnes.

    CAMRA Cornwall Deputy Branch Chairman Vince Curtis then presented the CAMRA Gold Award for Champion Cornish Strong Bitter to Pete Martin of Driftwood Spars Brewery for Driftwood JSB, which was also judged at the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival last October.

  • Have your Say on Revitalisation Sunday 18 February 2018

    Revitalisation’s finals say, seeking approval through changes in CAMRAs articles of association. Requiring a 75% majority vote on this special resolution. Every CAMRA member has a vote which can be done in person by attending CAMRA’s AGM in April, or by registering to vote by proxy. You can vote from the start of March and register to get an email prompt at https://revitalisationdecision.camra.org.uk. The Proposal for change in the articles of association are:

    BEER • Real ale remains core to CAMRA’s campaigning • CAMRA’s representation widens to include all pub goers and drinkers of quality beer • CAMRA’s scope widens to include quality beer of all types

    CIDER AND PERRY • Real cider and perry remains core to CAMRA’s activities • Cider and perry are explicitly mentioned in CAMRA’s Articles of Association

    PUBS, CLUBS AND THE ON-TRADE • The definition of the on-trade outlets CAMRA supports is widened • CAMRA will campaign for and promote all on-trade venues where quality beer, cider and perry is sold, not just traditional pubs and clubs • CAMRA will not extend its current support of the off-trade

    EDUCATION AND INFORMATION • Education and knowledge will be put at the heart of CAMRA’s membership benefits • Positive alcohol and health campaigning will be added into the organisation’s objectives • Objectives will be added to recruit discerning beer, cider and perry drinkers into membership and give them access to information and education resources to introduce them to the best quality beers, including real ale, cider and perry

    QUALITY • Increasing the quality of real ale, cider and perry, not just promoting their consumption

    HEALTH AND WELLBEING • Promote the benefits of moderate social drinking • Build positive alcohol and health campaigning into objectives

    Further details on all of the key topics are available from https://revitalisationdecision.camra.org.uk/

  • Atlantic Brewery & Distillery go the whole 55 yards... Thursday 15 February 2018

    Craft Beer & Gin fans from across Cornwall will want to head to Newquay this half term, when award winning Atlantic Brewery & Distillery take over the tap at 55 Yards from the 15th to the 18th February. Running from the Thursday to the Sunday night, drinkers will have the chance to taste Atlantic's craft beer and gin range, as well as some specials brewed & distilled for the occasion. There will be nightly opportunities to met the Atlantic team, before the weekend rounds off with master brewer himself, Stuart Thomson, taking to the decks as part of The Vinyl Collective for a night of soul, funk and rare groove.

    Stuart has been quietly producing top quality, certified Organic beers from his farmhouse micro-brewery for the last 12 years. The Atlantic ethos is that brewing organic, Vegan beer using traditional methods does not need to mean old fashioned beer. With hops grown on his own land, and special ingredients grown at home or foraged from the Newquay coastline, Stuart has created a truly unique range of refreshing and memorable beers. These include Mandarina Cornovia, a smooth and aromatic pale ale, and Heligan Honey, a smooth crisp bitter made with honey from The Lost Gardens of Heligan’s own bees. Both these beers earned Stuart accolades at the 2017 Kernow CAMRA Falmouth Beer festival, winning Bronze and Gold respectively in the Speciality Ale category. A brand new brew joining them at this event will be Atlantic Simcotica: a beautifully balanced pale ale showcasing the grapefruit and passion fruit characteristics of the Simcoe hop.

    Sticking with the notion of organic ingredients and delicious flavours, Atlantic is also a name to note in the ever growing Cornish gin market, with Distiller David Carbis making some of the most refined gins being produced in the South West. The Jynevra range includes the delicious Gorsedh, a rich, dry gin packed with organic gorse flowers, and the Smoked Green Tea Gin; infused with green tea leaves which have been cold smoked over oak. Stocked by the likes of Fifteen at Watergate Bay and Lewinnick Lodge, these distinctive and elegant gins are gaining an enviable reputation with Cornwall's restaurateurs and chefs.

    This will be the first time that the full range of Atlantic's beers and gins will be available to drink in one place, and 55 yards, Newquay’s premier Gin and craft beer venue, is the ideal venue. Tucked 55 yards from the centre of town, the grown up and stylish venue prides itself on the quality of its drinks as well as championing local craft Brewers and Distillers.

    The takeover will start at 4pm on Thursday 15th Feb, with special promotions running throughout the weekend.

    See the 55 yards Facebook page for further information and event news: Facebook.com/TheYardsGroup

    Venue: 55 Yards, 5, Cheltenham Place, Newquay Cornwall TR7 1BA Tel: 01637 859403

    For the full range of Atlantic Beers & Gins please see www.atlanticbrewery.com

    The Atlantic 55 Yards Tap Takeover will run from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th February inclusive.

    55 Yards opening hours are 16:00 to 23:30 (Thurs) and 14:00 to 23:30 (Fri - Sun)

    Meet the brewer Thursday 15th 7pm – 9pm

    Meet the distiller Friday 16th 7pm – 9pm

    The Vinyl Collective DJ Session Sunday 18th 6pm – 11pm

  • Rogers Fantastic Far East Tour Saturday 3 February 2018

    The Far East Tour took time to remember and celebrate the memory of our much loved friend and CAMRA Kernow member Robin Davis, who sadly pasted away in January, with a Glass raised in his memory.

    Cheers Rob! Your sense of humour and compassion will be sorely missed

    On the blustery Saturday afternoon after pickups from Bodmin Mount Folly and Liskeard Railway Station Dave, our regular First bus driver, headed toward Tideford and the first pub of the tour.

    Rod & Line, Tideford hosted by Laura. Serving Skinners Lushington's, St Austell HSD and Tribute.

    The Coryton Arms, St.Mellion hosted by Lindsay. Serving Cotleigh Barn Owl & Commando and Dartmoor Dragons Breath.

    The Rising Sun, Botus Fleming hosted by James & Debbie. Serving Sharp's Doom Bar, Martson's Pedigree and Brain's Rev James.

    The Union , Saltash hosted by Brian & Tom. Serving Dartmoor Legend and Jail Ale, Dorking Red IPA and Bays Devon Dumpling.

    The Two Bridges, Saltash hosted by Anna. Serving Sharp's Doom Bar and St Austell's Tribute along with some great pies, pasty's and chips.

    The Crooked Inn,Trematon serving Tintagel Castle Gold, Dartmoor's Jail Ale and St Austell's Tribute.

    A Massive thanks to Roger for organising another Fantastic Tour of the pubs in the East of the county and for lending his Famous Stevenage Town FC scarf to keep everyone warm on a bitterly cold day. CHEERS ROGER

  • St Austell Brewery Tour & Food Pairing Saturday 27 January 2018

    St Austell Brewery Tour with Beer and Food Pairing

    The day started in the visitors centre and Hicks Bar where we all sampled a couple of pre tour beers.

    There were nearly forty Kernow CAMRA members so we split into two groups one lead by Roger and Tony the other by Julie and Glen.

    We learnt the history of St Austell brewery which was created by Walter Hicks back in 1851 and the brewery has been in the family ever since.

    We toured all areas of the brewery which included the small batch, fermenting, mashing, racking and hop store.

    After the tour the two groups met up and enjoyed an afternoon of beer and food pairing.

    We tasted nine different beers and food and it was surprising how a piece of cheese or lemon tart can change the taste of the beer.

    A great day was had by all. On behalf of Kernow CAMRA I would like to say thank you to St Austell brewery for hosting the day for us.

  • Exeter Festival of Winter Ales 2018 Friday 19 January 2018

    Come and join us on a trip to Exeter Festival of Winter Ales 2018

    The CAMRA team from Exeter are also looking for support, If you would like to volunteer your support please do fill in the

    Exeter Festival of Winter Ales 2018 Staffing Form - WORD

    Exeter Festival of Winter Ales 2018 Staffing Form - PDF

  • 2017 Twix-Mas Falmouth Walkabout Friday 29 December 2017

    Our yearly Falmouth Twix-Mas Walkabout saw over 50 of the Kernow CAMRA family head to Falmouth for a pub Walk. Visiting Seven Stars, Packet Station, The Hand, Beer Wolf, Small Sails and the 'front. A few picture of the day below.

  • Dynamite Valley Winter Warmer 2017 Saturday 9 December 2017

    Get truly in the festive spirit next weekend as one of Cornwall’s newest breweries invites you to join them for a Winter Warmer celebration. Dynamite Valley Brewery Co., based in Ponsanooth, will be welcoming the public once again for their annual Winter Warmer event on Saturday 9th December. Doors to the Beer Café will open at midday, with seasonal entertainment and festivities continuing into the evening.

    Visitors to the Winter Warmer can enjoy a selection of Dynamite Valley’s beers on tap, as well as purchase some of their most popular ales in bottles for Christmas presents, or to take home and enjoy. Accompanying the beer will be a range of snacks and the obligatory homemade mince pies, all of which can be enjoyed next to the Beer Café’s toasty fire.

    Dom Lilly, Head Brewer and Managing Director of Dynamite Valley, said: “This will be the third time we’ve hosted our Winter Warmer and they are always a lot of fun! We’re looking forward to celebrating another successful year with this special festive Beer Café and getting into the Christmas spirit with everyone.”

    The Dynamite Valley team have been opening their bar as the ‘Beer Café’ every Saturday since July 2015, offering a selection of their beers as well as snacks based on local ingredients.

    For more information about the Winter Warmer event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/dynamitevalley/ or contact Dynamite Valley on 01872 864532.

  • Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year 2018 Friday 8 December 2017

    Dear CAMRA Member,

    Members are invited to submit their votes for the 2018 Branch Pub of the Year (POTY).

    Cornwall CAMRA Branch members are invited to vote for their favourite pubs in our branch area, by nominating up to two pubs for the title.  You may also nominate a pub for Cider and Perry POTY, and Club of the Year.  Joint members can each nominate separately. 

    Please email our Pubs Officer, Rod Davis, at moc.tenretnitb@reciffo.sbup with the title ‘Cornwall CAMRA POTY 2017 Nomination’ with the following information:

    Your name & CAMRA membership Number, 1st POTY nomination, 2nd POTY nomination, Cider and Perry POTY nomination Club of the Year nomination

    Please also add a few words stating why you think your nominated pub(s) are worthy of the title of CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year.  Please bear in mind also the possibility of winning further awards outside our area – the winner will go on to the Regional competition and if it wins that, the national one, something our Branch has shown in the past it can achieve with distinction.

    You may choose your pubs from any of those within the Cornwall CAMRA Branch area. A full list of branch area pubs can be found on the WhatPub? website (search on Cornwall CAMRA).

    When the nominations are in, the 6 pubs with the highest number of nominations will be visited and inspected by CAMRA branch members according to the Campaigns strict POTY criteria, which include quality and choice of real ale/cider/perry, pub atmosphere, decor, facilities, customer service, and value.

    All nominations must be returned to the email address as indicated above, no later please than Saturday 27 January 2017. Please remember our branch has around 1100 members, so let’s have a good response, which will enhance the credibility of the final selections. Remember, it's your CAMRA Branch, and it's your Pub of The Year!

    Cheers

  • Truro Walkabout At the Ale House Wednesday 6 December 2017

    Merry Christmas from the Truro Christmas Walkabout

  • Big Job from St Austell Brewery is crowned the best bottled beer in Britain Thursday 30 November 2017

    Nick Boley and Roger Ryman, Brewing Director from St Austell Brewery Big Job from St Austell Brewery has been crowned the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain in CAMRA's prestigious annual award which recognises the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country.

    Big Job is a big beer. At 7.2% ABV it is powerfully hoppy with both citra and centennial hops, and is jammed full of Cornish barley. With a smooth, citrus fruit taste and a hoppy, lemon smell, it is anything but subtle. Runners up include Fullers' Vintage Ale which took home silver, and Oakham's Green Devil IPA which won Bronze.

    Roger Ryman, Head Brewer at St Austell said: "In a market where there are so many fantastic beers available including two of my own personal favourites - Fullers' Vintage Ale and Oakham's Green Devil IPA - it is a huge honour to take home the crown. This award is a huge testament to the hard work of our brewing and bottling teams which are very dedicated to producing fantastic beers."

    The judging and announcement took place at the BBC Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC, following a series of local member voting rounds and regional judging competitions throughout the year. Visitors to the BBC Good Food Show will now have the opportunity to sample the winning beer along with other finalists at a number of tutored beer tasting events run by famous beer writers as part of the Great British Beer Experience.

    CAMRA's National Director responsible for the competition Nick Boley says: "Congratulations to St Austell for winning the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain award, one of the highest accolades in the beer world."

    Christine Cryne, master beer trainer and judge adds: "The standard of competition was fantastically high. Big Job is a moreish, golden beer with honey caramelised citrus notes, refreshingly smooth with a warming finish with increasing spicy dry bitter notes and a soft fruity nose.

    "We were particularly impressed with how well balanced it was - we were looking for a beer which showed the brewers art of complexity, and that just gave it the edge."

    A case of the Champion Bottled Beers of Britain and finalists will be available exclusively through Beer Hawk just in time for Christmas at https://www.beerhawk.co.uk/cbbob2017.