- 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
- 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,
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
- 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...
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
- 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
Including the Presentation to John and Kim Coulson for Polgoon's Mount's Bay Scrumpy. The champion Cider of Cornwall 2018.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Wednesday Walkabout - St Austell
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Some pictures from the Wednesday Walkabout in Falmouth
Starting at the Hick Bar, St Austell's Brewery bar..Great to Dave the St Austell Techy has joined the gang
Mr Smalls Tap house, St Austell's First Micro-pub...A Fantastic range of Cornish beers.
Seven Stars, St Austell's First ever pub, showing the breweries history upon its walls
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 Seven Stars, Heritage Pub
The PennyComeQuick, A fantastic up and coming pub, Then up the steps to the Jacobs Ladder
Finishing at the Fantastic Local Pub the Sea View Inn and that amazing view
- 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
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...
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 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.
- 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.
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
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%)
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
- 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.
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
- 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.
- St Austell Celtic Beer Festival and Falmouth Beer Festival Winners
Sunday 26 November 2017
Congratulations to the St Austell Brewery team Brewers Simon Matthews, Roger Ryman and Rob Orton for Brewing some fantastic Ale and winning Champion Cornish Beer awards at Falmouth Beer Festival 2017.
2017 Cornish Golden Ale - BRONZE Award - Big Job - Brewed by Roger
2017 Cornish Stout - SILVER Award - Mocha-Chocca-Lotta - Brewed by Rob
2017 Cornish Bitter - SILVER Award - Red Jewel - Brewed by Simon
Presented by Branch Chairman, Bob Bunce at St Austell Brewery's Celtic Beer Festival.
Double congratulations to Big Job and Roger who earlier in the month topped the beer category at the Quality Drink Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House.
The 19th Celtic Beer Festival saw in excess of 190 Beer & Ciders on offer , including Dear Boy a beer original brewed by Gerry Bazin, a CAMRA Kernow founding member and brewery liaison officer for St Austell for many years and now re-brewed by Gerry's Son Pete after Gerry passing this year. A fine tribute amongst many superb beers. All profits from the Celtic Beer Festival are donated to local charities, a fantastic and memorable event.
Cheers St Austell Brewery!
- Big Job goes platinum at Quality Drink Awards 2017
Thursday 23 November 2017
St Austell Brewery has scooped four accolades at this year’s Quality Drink Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House last week, including overall winner in the beer category for Big Job, St Austell’s massively hopped 7.2% ABV big brother of mainstream brand Proper Job.
Alongside the main platinum award, Big Job also gained top spot in the IPA category, while St Austell’s 5.3% ABV Eden Project-inspired Baobab wheat beer added a third win in the Speciality Beer category. Following close behind another St Austell Brewery Small Batch classic, 5.9% Sayzon Belgian Farmhouse Ale - which recently won gold at the European Beer Star awards - claimed silver in the same category.
Each beverage was judged by a reputable team of drink aficionados including drink journalists, bar consultants, certified experts and industry insiders. The panels were chaired by some of the most recognisable names in the drinks business. Master of Wine, Philippa Carr chaired the wine categories while Certified Cicerone Melissa Cole chaired the beer judging. Gary Sharpen, editor and co-founder of The Cocktail Lovers magazine, chaired the spirits panel. The acknowledged expertise of the judges and chairs means that consumers can buy these award-winning tipples safe in the knowledge that each winning accreditation is credible and deserved.
As St Austell Brewing director Roger Ryman commented, “What’s great about these awards is that there are always top names involved in the judging who are experts in their field, so to win a QDA is both authentic and meaningful. To win three, picking up best in show is just amazing and is credit to the hard work of everybody here at the Brewery, from the brewing team through to sales and marketing who all play their part in making our beers taste and look so good.”
Organised by Metropolis Business Media, the Quality Drink Awards are unique in that all products are first blind tasted as in other competitions, but then crucially, judges base their final decisions on then seeing how the product looks, taking in factors such as design, packaging and price point.
Helen Lyons, director of the Quality Drink Awards, says: “The standard this year has been amazing and our winners stand out as the ‘ones to watch’ for on the shelves, especially in the run up to Christmas.
“These awards give us the chance to reward not only excellence in the quality of drinks being made across all categories, but also to recognise the importance that design and packaging have in their overall appeal to consumers. The Quality Drink Awards take in to consideration how the product has been made, how it tastes, what it looks like and what consumer appeal it has. That is what makes us so different.”
For more details visit ukdrink.qualityfoodawards.com For more information about St Austell Brewery’s award-winning range of premium beers, visit www.staustellbrewery.co.uk
The full winners list for Quality Drink Awards 2017 is:
IPA - St Austell Brewery Big Job
Speciality Beer Winner - St Austell Brewery Baobab
Low Alcohol Beer Winner - Krombacher Pils Low Alcohol
Blonde Ale - Windswept Brewing Blonde
Rest of the World Pale Ale - Wimbledon Brewery Copper American Red Ale
Lager - Wimbledon Brewery Gold Lager
Gluten Free Beer - Stringers Beer Outlook Dark Ale
Bitters - Hunters Brewery Hunters Premium
Porters / Stouts - Aldi Spill The Beans Coffee Porter
Cider - Saxby's Original Cider
Fruit Cider - Wobblegate Eden Four Berries Cider
Gin - Durham Distillery Durham Gin
Vodka - Durham Distillery Durham Vodka
Brandy - Spar Brandy
Whisky & Bourbon - Aldi Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt Whisky
Liqueurs & Speciality Spirits - White Heron British Cassis Blackcurrant Liqueur
Low Alcohol and Fruit Wines - Lyme Bay Ginger Wine
Red Wine Over £7 - Aldi Recioto Delle Valpolicella
White Wine Under £7 - Aldi Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc
White Wine Over £7 - Asda Lugana
Champagne - Aldi 2006 Vintage Blanc De Blanc
Sparkling Wine Under £10 - Asda Extra Special Asti
Sparkling Wine Over £10 - Lyme Bay Classic Cuvée
Platinum Beer - St Austell Brewery Big Job
Platinum Spirits - Aldi Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt Whisky
Platinum Wine & Champagne - Aldi 2006 Vintage Blanc De Blanc
Quality Drink Awards Retailer of the Year - Aldi
- Windsor & Eton Brewery Falmouth Beer Festival Winners Presentation
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Congratulations to Paddy Johnson, Head Brewer at Windsor & Eton Brewery for winning Supreme Non-Cornish Champion Silver at Falmouth Beer Festival 2017 with Eton Boatman. Many thanks to Sandie Gill (Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA branch) and Steve Goodall (Chairman of Slough Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA branch) for presenting the award on our behalf of CAMRA Kernow.
Paddy Johnson (Head Brewer at Windsor & Eton Brewery), Sandie Gill (Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA branch), Steve Goodall (Chairman of Slough Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA branch)
- Branch Meeting at Socio Newquay
Saturday 18 November 2017
Cornwall Branch of CAMRA enjoyed a visit to Newquay on a grey but dry Saturday 18 November. Branch Secretary Craig Allen hosted us at his pub, Bar Socio, where we had committee and branch business meetings. Stuart from Atlantic Brewery came along and Chairman Bob presented him with certificates for winning two awards in the Champion Beer of the Festival Competition at Falmouth Beer Festival;
Gold in the Speciality Beer class for Lost Gardens of Heligan Honey and Bronze in the same class for Mandarina Cornovia. Well done Stuart!
After enjoying three of Craig's beers, we moved on to the Red Lion for a pint or two before heading for buses.
Picture shared by Steve Barber.
- Wednesday Walkabout Bodmin
Thursday 16 November 2017
A few pictures from the Walkabout in Bodmin
- Tintagel Brewery & Local Pub Tour
Saturday 4 November 2017
Tintagel Brewery Trip
Saturday saw us boarding a bus at Bodmin Parkway for the trip across the moor to Tintagel Brewery. 40 minutes later we pulled up outside this modern, purpose built brewery. At 1000 feet above sea level this is probably the highest brewery in Cornwall and one John and Dave can be justly proud of. It comes complete with stunning views across the moor to the sea. The brewing process uses the brewery’s own spring water and the electricity used is self generated. The spent grain is eagerly gobbled up by the herd on the farm so nothing goes to waste!
The brewery boasts it’s own modern café serving delicious food and the bar has seven handpulls dispensing the fine ales brewed here.
All too soon it was time to board the bus for a visit to the first pub of the afternoon. The Millhouse at Trebarwith is a former working corn mill and nestles in a leafy valley beside a stream not far from the sandy shores of Trebarwith Strand. The well kept beer range was enjoyed by our merry band.
Next on the agenda was The Cobweb Inn at Boscastle, a pub since 1947 although the building is a lot older having been previously a shipping warehouse, corn mill, grain store and bottling plant, the name of the pub reputedly comes from the state it was found in. Well conditioned ales were sampled and appreciated.
Our final visit was to The Masons Arms in Camelford, a 300 year old pub with exposed stone walls and low beams that is popular with locals and visitors alike. Two small batch brews on gravity from St Austell supplemented the beer on offer from the handpulls and was warmly received.
All too soon it was time to head home after a wonderful day out. The branch would like to extend it’s heartfelt thanks to Tintagel Brewery, The Millhouse, The Cobweb Inn and The Masons Arms for the superb hospitality we received throughout the day. A huge thank you is also due to Roger, our social secretary in the east of the county for organising a grand day out.
- The White Hart, Chilsworthy
Thursday 2 November 2017
Wow! What a fantastic Evening at 'The White Hart', By Roger Webster.
I arrived at 6.00pm and couldn't get near the bar. The film show I had organised was indeed very popular and not everyone could get in the room to view so we will do a repeat in the New Year. Digital film with lots of 1960's vies Tavistock, Bere Alston and up the branch to Callington with all the stations including Chilsworthy of course - one and half hours with excellent comments. Ian and Amy (the new landlords) are putting a lot of effort into the pub which they took over 2 months ago. Sunday Carvery starts this weekend. A free buffet was provided and the beers on offer were: Harbour North Shore Session Pale; Teignworthy Martha Mild which was very popular; Exmoor Wildcat; Coastal Brewery Golden Hind and Butcombe Bitter.
What a great night!....
- Wednesday Walkabout to Par & Tywardreath
Wednesday 11 October 2017
A selection of Images from the Wednesday Walkabout to Par & Tywardreath
Sunday 1 October 2017
Lock, stock and three smoking barrels! Collaboration between micro-brewery and micro-pub produces 3 new Cornish beers!
Cornwall, October 1, 2017: North Cornwall’s first Micropub, ‘The Barrel at Bude’ which opened in June this year and new micro-brewery ‘Dowr Kammel’, established in St. Breward in 2015 have joined together to produce a new range of Cornish beers; Tripel Barrel, Double Barrel and Single Barrel. Tripel Barrel will be the only Cornish Tripel beer and at 10% ABV is enough to send any rocket skywards! Double Barrel is no dud either being a 7% ABV Cornish Pilsner beer whilst Single Barrel a new Cornish lager at 6% ABV, finishes off a spectacular display!
The Barrel which only sells Cornish beer from small independent brewers is owned by husband and wife team Ian and Rachel O’Hare whilst Dowr Kammel (Cornish for Camel Valley) was set up by Yorkshire couple Simon and Justine Carruthers.
When Ian couldn’t find a Tripel, Pilsner or lager from a small artisan brewer he approached Simon to see if he was prepared to help. Strong beers are notoriously difficult to make but Simon was immediately on board. “As a one-man brewery I may not have the size of the larger Cornish brewers but that makes my business more agile. I’m able to drop things and take on new challenges. Brewing Tripel Barrel was difficult but we’re both really pleased with the result and we believe our Pilsner and Lager is also a match for anything else in Cornwall”
As Ian reports; “All three beers will be launched on the afternoon of the 5th November at ‘The Barrel at Bude’ and we will have a small party to celebrate what we’ve achieved. We hope that along with our local customers, invited guests will come and taste our new Barrel range whilst also enjoying a special ‘Barrel Pie’ and listening to live music. As a prelude to Bonfire night, we hope it also goes with a bang”!
The full Barrel range will be available throughout the Christmas festivities at the ‘Barrel at Bude’ with pre-orders for other outlets being taken now, for delivery in January 2018. For more information email moc.edubtalerrabeht@tcatnoc
- Wednesday Walkabout St Agnes
Wednesday 30 August 2017
A selection of Images from the Wednesday Walkabout to St Agnes
- Dynamite Valley – Bottle launch and BBQ invite
Saturday 26 August 2017
Dynamite Valley – Bottle launch and BBQ invite
The August bank holiday weekend is synonymous with barbecues, great entertainment, and maybe even a tipple or two. With that in mind, you’re invited to join one of Cornwall’s youngest breweries as they celebrate the start of a new venture with a summer barbecue at their headquarters.
On Saturday 26th August the team at Dynamite Valley, Dom Lilly and Ross Kessell, will be opening the doors to their brewery in Ponsanooth and inviting beer enthusiasts and foodies alike to celebrate their growing success, as they launch their new range of bottles for you to enjoy at home.
The bottle launch will see their most popular ales Gold Rush, a refreshing, crisp and complex golden ale, and T.N.T.I.P.A., a flavourful tribute to American beer, available to buy at local stockists, as well as online via their website to enjoy at home or share with friends.
From midday, the launch event will see the talented chefs at Wild Food offer up a delicious local seafood barbecue, while visitors can enjoy a wide selection of Dynamite Valley’s beers, with festivities continuing into the evening. Everyone who attends the barbecue will get the chance to buy the bottles early, before they launch online on 28th August. Plus, guests who purchase a case of bottles on the day will also receive an exclusive gift.
Dom Lilly said: “This is a big step for us as a brewer and as a business. It’s been a long time coming and we feel that we can really push our product and brand in to a whole new realm of beer drinkers.”
Following the initial launch of bottled Gold Rush and T.N.T.I.P.A, two more favourites from their repertoire, Kennall Vale Pale and Black Charge, will also soon be available in bottles.
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 which, after forging a relationship with Wild Food, has seen a selection of tempting meals based on local and foraged ingredients. For more information about the barbecue, call the team on 01872 864532 or visit www.facebook.com/DynamiteValley For further information about Dynamite Valley Brewery Co., visit www.dynamitevalley.com
- Branch Meeting and Social Down West
Saturday 19 August 2017
Branch Meeting and Social Down West - Saturday 19 August - The North Inn Pendeen
30 Kernow CAMRA members enjoyed a trip to the Far West of the County to some amazing public houses.
• The North Inn, Pendeen
• The Radjel Inn Pendeen
• The Trewellard Arms
• The Queens Arms, Botallack
- Wednesday Walkabout to Penzance
Wednesday 16 August 2017
A selection of Images from the Wednesday Walkabout to Penzance
- Wednesday Walkabouts - Perranporth
Thursday 27 July 2017
A selection of Images from the Wednesday Walkabout to Perranporth
- Thirsty Thursday Walkabout in St Ives
Thursday 13 July 2017
A selection of pictures from our Thirsty Thursday Walkabout in St Ives
Including a visit to St Ives Brewery
Yes The Pilchard press is down there!
- The South East Cornwall Campaigning Adventure
Saturday 8 July 2017
On Saturday 8th July Aboard our First bus driven by our regular driver Dave a group of Kernow CAMRA members headed to Polbathic and the Halfway House as the first stop on our tour of pubs in the forgotten corner.
The first order of the day was to raise a Glass to our departed and sorely missed friend "Dear Boy" Gerry Bazin.
The Halfway House is fantastic pub which is the heart of the community. Ran by Russ for the last two years the pub hosts the village library and the soon to village play ground supported by Pub is the hub funding. the pub hosts it very own yearly beer festival over the august bank holiday weekend. Today we were greeted by 4 smashing beers and real cider. Well worth a visit if your driving past, pop in and say hello.
The next stop was Wilcove Inn at Wilcove. Situated right on the estuary across from the Devonshire dockyard. Nicky and her son Ben, served some great Tavy Best and a great pint of Taunton original cider. The does offers some fantastic food including a local crab salad, and locally renown Sunday Roasts. After a nibble on a fantastic selection of sandwiches and a rest in the beer garden we proceed up the tight lane and on to the next stop on our adventure.
The Carew Arms at Antony, is a traditional local from the outside and a glamorous swanky bistro from the inside, including local shop. The extensive Real ale bottle section supplemented the 2 ales and real cider on the bar. The Skinners Porthleven was in tip top condition and was consumed outside in the summer sun.
Next stop was in the town of Millbrook and the Devon & Cornwall, A friendly locals pub with some more fantastic ales including a Green King Rugby special ale and Sharps Atlantic.
Our final stop was in the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand both delightful character places with narrow streets on the waterfront. The 4 pubs (all free houses) are within 3-5 minutes walk of each other were a real treat. The Rising Sun at the top of the town has a special local cider called Rime Head Cider, The waterfront pub Devonport offer some great Bays beer and fantastic views across the bay. The full summers sun gave this costal village a feeling of the French Rivera with the added bonus of Real ale, what more could you ask for? The Halfway House and the Cross Keys gave us a final couple of opportunities to sample some great Cornish hospitality before boarding the coach home.
We boarded the train back home from Liskeard station bidding farewell to Dave our trusted driver. Yet again we visited some wonderful Cornish gems tucked away in the forgotten corner of the county, a massive thanks to Roger for putting together and guiding us on this Tour. A brilliant day was had by all.
- Wednesday Walkabouts - Newquay
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Wednesday Walkabouts - Newquay
This Wednesday a group of real ale enthusiasts braved the pouring rain to seek out some selected brews in Newquay town. Meeting at the Towan Blystra present the regular 8 ales and real cider including the regular Wetherspoons offering complemented by some exceptional local and national brews including Cornish Crowns Red IPA, a powerfully hopped crisp ale, that woke the taste buds with a reverbing blast of citrus.
After some complementary nibbles the brave bunch trotted off to the Newly acquired Stonegate Pub the 'Cribber', recently refurbished the Cribbar hosts a both family and sports theme, with up to 10 real ales on the bar tonight favourite was Devon Dumpling a fruity beer from Devon based brewery Bays alongside Skinners Porthleven and some Sharps and St Austell favourites.
The third stop was under construction! A pre-opening seek peak at the newly acquired Socio in central Square, brought by Craig Allen our very own Branch Secretary. To greet us Craig had organised a pin of Proper Job, which was in top form and then we were given a guided tour of the bar which will host 3 ales once its open on the 8th July, a grand opening date for the diary!
Back out in the rain the group of refreshed beer seekers headed towards Newquay's historic harbour and the Red Lion, another Stonegate pub with a full range of ales from Skinners, Sharps and national brands. Tonight's tipple was soo good I have forgotten its name, but I am sure to be reminded my fellow CAMRA members. Then we were all absorbed by the night fully satisfied that some fantastic beer had been uncovered....I even heard that some went back to Socio to empty that pin.....
- Wadebridge Lions Beer Festival and Branch Meeting
Saturday 24 June 2017
Here are some picture from the latest Kernow CAMRA branch meeting and of course it also involved a pub or two plus a beer festival.
- Wednesday Walkabouts - Polperro Festival Week
Wednesday 14 June 2017
On a warm and sunny Wednesday afternoon a group of Beer Lovers met in the Picturesque Fishing village of Polperro to seek out some wonderful Beers.
Meeting at the Top of the Hill at the Crumplehorn A Good Beer Guide Pub to sample some smashing beers before heading down the hill to the fantastic Harbour and another Good Beer Guide regular The Blue Peter. Enjoying a crisp pint of Fish Key Breweries Red IPA.
Then Onto the 3 Pilchards for a Smooth Pint of Sharps Sea Fury and some wonderful roof top views across the valley. Then onto the Noughts and Crosses for some Dartmoor Beers and then on to Mill House In for some Mill House Best Bitter and some .
Another fantastic mid week tour around a beautiful Cornish Village...Cheers
- Royal Cornwall Show Cornish bar
Thursday 8 June 2017
The Royal Cornwall Show - A Showcase of Cornish Brewing 8th – 10th June, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
CAMRA Kernow and The Cornish Brewers Alliance presented the Showcase Cornish Beer Bar for the first time at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.
The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show is Cornwall's major tourist attraction and the county’s principle showcase. Primarily an agricultural show the Royal Cornwall Show has now diversified to embrace all aspects of Cornish produce from forestry exhibitions to solar power. Including a vast selection of world renowned Cornish food and drink. The show held at the Royal Showground in Wadebridge is usually opened by a member of the Royal family and attracts in the region of 120,000 visitors’ through its gates over the 3 days each June.
The Cornish Brewers Alliance, an open group of Cornish Brewers who informally collaborate to brew, share inspiration and promote Real Ale and Cider and Cornwall CAMRA, the Cornish Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, teamed up to put on the showcase bar. Introducing a wide range of show goers to the merits and diversity of Cornish Brewing and CAMRA campaigning directives. Every brewery in Cornwall was invited to take an active part as a member of the Cornish Brewers Alliance. The breweries that took up the invite covered the depth and breadth of Cornwall both in diversity and geography. There were be 38 beers in the showcase. Some beer coming from as far west as Cornish Crown Brewery in Penzance and as Far East as Bude Brewery. The microbreweries sitting alongside the big boys with Castle, Coastal, Dynamite Valley, Forge, Keltek, Penpont, Rebel, Sharps, Skinners, St Austell, Tintagel and Wooden hand all showcased there best beers. We were also introducing some of the newest microbreweries with Woodman’s, Fish key, Leafy Hollow and Tremethick. We had Atlantic breweries vegetarian and organic ales alongside the counties first gluten free beer from Driftwood Brewery. 8 Keg beers were also be on offer from some of the county’s finest craft brewers including Padstow, Firebrand and Harbour. Some brews were one offs just brewed for the show. There was a consistent rotation brewers manning the bar and introducing there beers.
The June weather was its regular unpredictable self, with the occasional interruption of wind and rain. This didn’t deter the persistence of the show goers with a continual flow of visitors and beer lovers to the stand. On Friday we had a special guest, HRH Prince Edward. Louise Treseder Co-owner of Driftwood Spars Brewery and Bob Bunce, Chairman of Cornwall CAMRA introduced the Prince to the Brewers and the directives of both CAMRA and the Cornwall Brewers’ Alliance. He showed great interest towards the increasing success of the counties microbreweries and the role of CAMRA.
Later that day Radio Cornwall Presenter Debbie McCory interviewed Bob Bunce, broadcasting Live the merits of CAMRA, the classification of real ale and the ongoing success of Cornish Brewing as a Brand. Bob highlighted the fantastic collaborative approach of the Cornish Brewers Alliance and invited everyone to visit the brewers at the Showcase bar.
The event was a whole hearted success in aspect with many new faces introduced to the wonders of Cornish ales and some regular faces introduced to some alternative brews. Hopefully this collaboration will continue to succeed for years to come. Every year at the show Stands tend to hold their regular position and this year was the first time the Brewers Alliance Showcase Bar was position on the main route between the BBC Cornwall Pavilion, the Steam Rally and Fun Fair. If you were not able to join us this year we hope to see you next year.
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer.
The Royal Cornwall Show Cornish Bar Programme
- Pubs By-Passed by the A30 – A View from the Driving Seat
Saturday 3 June 2017
Celebrating our 40th Anniversary with a bit of Nostalgia and a View from the Driving Seat
Ann Burnett, our new Social Secretary, had taken over the organisation of the trip from Dugg Polman and had even taken me on a ‘wet’ run! On the day she came with me to collect Flo, our Heritage coach for the day, so that she arrived at Redruth Station already aboard. We arrived bang on time at 11am and were loaded quickly. We left just after 11:15am for the Plume of Feathers, Scorrier, which had opened early for us. After some high speed (!) precision driving, after being held up by the road works at the bottom of Mount Ambrose, we arrived at The Plume on time. We were quickly unloaded, so I parked the coach in the car park. It’s only a small place and I just managed to get in the door at the back of the queue. Eventually I made it to the bar and ordered a coffee, “I’ll just go and fill the kettle,” the barmaid told me. Still instant Nescafe, 2.5 on the beer score, made it feel just like home! This is definitely a ‘no frills’ pub and to be enjoyed all the more for it.
Ignoring the Sat Nav (see signs nearby), I turned right out of the car park and headed for The Red Lion at Blackwater. Minutes later, thanks to Flo’s super powerful engine, we arrived, debussed and I had parked Flo up. A nice walk to the Post Office was called for, so I did, only to find that it had closed for good the week before. Oh, well, that’s progress I suppose! Back to the Red Lion and this time we had gone up market to a filter machine, proper job, “one of they please!” Filter coffee with cream, 4.5 scored, thanks Ann for the pasty, proper job, too!!! This pub has a special place in my heart; it’s where my downfall began, I’ll explain. When I was about 13, or 14 (you can work out the year) my Uncle and Auntie were the licensees. One evening my parents took my brother and I there. My parents went in the bar, we stole a glimpse as we were quickly ushered into their private lounge (now part of the bar). Sitting watching TV, two halves of cider appeared and I’ve never looked back since, although working in London got me off cider and on to real ale in the late 70s.
All too soon lunch was over, so our happy bunch boarded Flo again and off we set. Flo was really sailing; we had almost hit the 30mph speed limit by the time we hit Blackwater hill. This gave us plenty of time to admire the passing scenery. What seemed like hours later we were heading east up the A30 gradually overhauling 30, then 40, then ... the queue behind the usual tractor. Still, it meant we overtook something that day, which is not always the case, but Flo chose Zelah bypass for the job. It was all downhill after Carland Cross and before long Flo was sending a steady stream of Camra Members (“they’re a Camera Club,” I heard on knowledgeable customer intone to his mate) into the bar at The Blue Anchor, Fraddon. Flo parked nicely on a piece of grass in the car park, I walked to the garage to get my paper, pleasant enough. Once back in the bar, I found that the previous coffees seemed to be working and that the toilets were in top order. Variety is the spice of life apparently, so a J2O was drunk, a pleasant 4.5 scored! Members were slowing down a bit now and seemed reluctant to leave, so some impatient driver behind decided that I needed to hear his horn ... several times, but Flo can take it!
Off we went heading for Hamburger Hill. Flo loves a challenge and was soon in 3rd gear doing 15mph, oh sorry, she was in 2nd, no we took 3rd again, back to 2nd, out around a broken down car, into 3rd, no back to 2nd and repeat, till we crested the hill and took off like a scolded cat down the other side. I didn’t see any nose bleeds as we hit 50mph, so all seemed to be well and eventually we had pulled into the nearly empty car park of The Victoria Inn, Roche. Debussed, parked, I mingled with the drunks, sorry, members. Feeling peckish I bought a bag of crisps, but could only get a mortgage for the one.
Time was creeping up on us, so we headed back down the A30 for The Plume of Feathers, Mitchell. After debussing right outside (walking distances were getting shorter!!!) I turned around and parked in the road staying with the Flo. With Ann’s instructions for a prompt departure ringing in our ears, all too soon a steady line of wandering fellows and felowesses, were heading towards me; all except Steve. As he appeared I started to drive up the road towards him, but he panicked and stood in the road in front of Flo, of course I was going to stop, honest! Steep hills overcome (eventually) we arrived at The Hawkins Arms, Zelah early and, lo and behold, Adam had opened. After several attempts to take photos outside I treated myself to a 3.5 score coffee from a machine. Now armed with drinks of choice we had several more goes at photos. Steve was blaming his camera; he probably needs a better one, one that operates itself when he’s had a few!
Soon Ann was gathering her flock and we headed at high speed on an empty road (in front, at least) back to the Chiverton Arms for busses home and then poste haste, back to Redruth. Everyone, including Flo and I, was in high spirits with talk of another trip. Well, this is only the second pub crawl that I have ever been on and stayed dry – AND BOTH TIMES WITH ANN!!! Need I say more! It was a great day and I reckon tickets for any future trip will sell very fast, so keep your eyes open for any announcement.
By Mike Crewes
- Thursday 1 June 2017
- Wenesday Walkabout Truro
Thursday 25 May 2017
CAMRA Kernow were treated to some glorious weather when they met in Truro for the latest in the series of the Wednesday Walkabouts.
The starting point was the Old Ale House where a selection of wonderful ales were enjoyed in the convivial surroundings of Cornwall’s Pub of the Year.
Then it was onto the Red Elephant Beer Cellar for a tutored bottle tasting featuring beers from around the globe, many thanks to the Red Elephant for putting this on.
A great evening was rounded off at our last destination which was the Sonder Bar where some interesting beers were sampled, thanks also to Sonder for the discount offered on the night.
Keep your eyes on the Branch Diary for the next walkabout, they are good fun!
- CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2017
Saturday 20 May 2017
On Saturday 20th May Cornwall CAMRA joined the regulars and Staff at the Old Ale House Truro to officially present the Pub with the Prestigious title of CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2017.
The Old Ale House Team celebrating the Pub of the Year.
After a year of tastings being recorded by CAMRA members visiting Cornish Pubs a selection of 62 pubs were selected to feature in this years Good Beer Guide. A second call was made to all Cornish Members to nominate their favourite pubs in the county. Of the 600 pubs in the county the top 1% of just 6 were identified and covertly judged by a team of dedicated volunteers. The pubs were judged primarily on beer quality but the was also a focus on service, the welcome received, community focus, overall experience and a sympathies with CAMRAs aims. The Judging scores were exceedingly close as you would expect with the pubs in the county. The winner was identified and Robin and his team at the Old Ale House were identified as the Champions being crowned CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2017.
The presentation was awarded in front of a packed Ale House Crowd, where regulars and CAMRA members raised a glass from the Range of Skinners ales and cider to celebrate the Pubs achievement.
(Pictures above from left to right. Bob Bunce, CAMRA Kernow Branch Chairman presenting the Pub of the year to Robin Lawson, Manager or the Old Ale House. Bob and Robin joined by Steve Skinner owner of Skinners Brewery and the Old Ale House. Robin and Steve are Joined by Gerry Bazin and Brian Phillips two of Kernow CAMRA's founding members)
Bob Bunce the Branch Chairman credited the quality of the ale and warm welcome that is always received as the key to the pubs success, stating it that its great to a traditional style public house in the counties capital raise to the top of its class. The ale house is Skinners Brewery tap and Robin the Pub manager credited his staff, regulars and the great beer for support in making this landmark achievement.
Steve Skinner of Skinner's Brewery gave an introduction to his love of the Old Ale House from days where he had previously owned Tipsy Toad Brewery in Jersey when the pub had originally caught his eye, through to the present day where the pub is about to become free of tie from Enterprise Inns allowing the pub to serve a full range of Skinner's ales, cider and lager. He kindly dedicated the achievement on behalf of Robin and the team to a friend of the pub who is no longer with us, Terry Walker. Jenny Walker acknowledging the dedication on behalf of her husband.
(Pictures above from left to right. Steve Skinner with Jenny Walker, Robin and Bob raising a glass to the pubs success. The Old Ale house team celebrating their success)
Many glasses were raised and some fantastic pasties were sampled, as the great rugby news that the Cornwall had beaten Hertfordshire and won their game winning their place in Twickenham....with the Skinners very own Betty Stogg's at the heart of the celebrations. A massive congratulations to The Old Ale house our 2017 winners. Please do keep scoring those beers on whatpub.com to ensure we always have the best pubs in the county featured in the good beer guide and holding the title of Pub of the Year!
- Cider Pub of the Year Presentation 2017
Saturday 13 May 2017
On Saturday 13th May Cornwall CAMRA visited the Stable Bar at Fistral beach to present manager Dan Rollerson and his dedicated team with the Cornwall CAMRA cider pub of the year award. Presenting the award on behalf of Cornwall CAMRA were Linda Dopson, the branch cider representative and Vince Curtis, branch deputy chairman.
Cornwall CAMRA has 1,250 members and every member had the opportunity to select their favourite cider pub, from these nominations a short list of the three most popular pubs was drawn up. This year these were Beerwolf Books, Falmouth, Red Lion, Newquay and the Stable Bar, Newquay. These three were visited anonymously by a panel of judges who unanimously selected the Stable Bar as Cornwall’s champion, a great pub in a stunning location.
The Stable Bar will now go forward to the South West regional competition where they will be up against pubs from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon. Everyone and all at Cornwall CAMRA would like to wish them the very best of luck.
After the presentation, Stable had organized a tutored cider tasting run by Dave Rowe and Matt Adams which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, Matt had even made a cider of his own. Throughout the day we were kept nourished by some excellent food, many thanks to Dan and his team for the wonderful hospitality.
- Wednesday Walkabouts
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Fellow CAMRA Members, let me introduce myself – I’m Ann and I have just taken over as the new Social Secretary for CAMRA Kernow for the coming year. I am sharing this post with Roger Webster and in starting this exciting post we are brimming over with ideas for our Cornwall Branch to get together over a pint or two throughout the coming year.
Wednesday Walkabouts One of our first ideas is the new Wednesday Walkabouts. These are what they say on the pint pot – to misquote a famous phrase - to go out for a relaxed informal fun evening, walking round a town or village, visiting the pubs on the way. The walk won’t be long or strenuous! Just enough to get you to the next pub.
Let’s Go to the Pub! The idea is to enjoy the evenings throughout the summer months in visiting a few pubs in villages or towns locally. Everyone is welcome! The details of the date, rendezvous time and pubs to visit will be listed in the CAMRA diary dates. We are linking these Walkabouts in with public transport to the town or village. Keep an eye on the diary because some of the start times may vary according to the public transport availability. If you want to arrive earlier than the published time, we will see you there at the arranged time! We will also be looking at the possibility of arranging group taxis back to the nearest railway or bus station so that you can relax and enjoy the evening whilst knowing you can still get home at the end of the evening! If you are at work then you can text us as you arrive in the town and we can let you know where we are and you can catch up!
Whatpub & Scoring We are hoping that you will score the beers as you visit each pub using Whatpub. We would like to increase the amount of scores Cornwall CAMRA members record and this gives you a great opportunity to visit pubs you may not have been to before, chat about your beer and then score it.
All Welcome! I realise that it may not be easy for everyone to go to each event. The idea is to spread these evenings out across Cornwall and enjoy different places, different pubs and their beer. If you are able to come to one near you then we will be delighted to see you. If you can make all of them, even better!
Wednesday Walkabout Mild Month of May The First Wednesday Walkabout is in Falmouth and is a Mild Month Walkabout (or A Maritime Mild Month Meander as it was named by Simon Treherne as we planned the trip!) Several pubs in Falmouth have agreed to serve a Mild (or maybe two!) for this event. We are starting in The ‘front at 4.00pm. Bring your fish and chips into the pub with you and start our first Walkabout with a pint of Mild.
Look out for the walker logo on the Diary Dates to see where the Wednesday Walkabout is taking place, and come along and join us! We look forward to seeing you throughout the summer months. Please let us know if you are coming along to any of the Walkabouts by emailing Ann at ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos
10 May - Falmouth – Mild Month Wednesday Walkabout
Meet at the ’front at 4pm. Bring in fish and chips if you wish to eat, Moving on to Beerwolf, Seven Stars and The Hand. Email ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos or ring Ann on the day on 07811 678173 to catch up with the tour.
24 May -Truro
Meet at the Old Ale House at 4pm. Beer tasting in the Red Elephant then on to some interesting beers at The Sonder Bar - Email ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos or ring Ann on the day 07811 678173
14 June - Polperro to tie in with the Polperro Festival
Meet at the Blue Peter at 4pm. Route to be confirmed. Email Ann ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos for more details or call on the day to catch up with the tour 07811 678173.
28 June - Newquay
Meet at the Towan Blystra at 4pm then on to The Red Lion and the new look Cribbar. This tour will be led by John Stredder. Email Ann ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos for more details
13 July - St Ives – Please note this date has been changed from a Wednesday to Thursday 13 July to take in The Pilchard Press opening times
Meet at the Hain Line at 4pm then to the St Ives Brewery for a tour. On to the Pilchard Press, The Rum & Crab Shack and the Sloop. ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos for more details or call on the day to catch up with the tour 07811 678173.
26 July - Perranporth
Meet at the Green Parrot at 4pm, then on to The Seiners, The Watering Hole, Tywarnhale and the Perranporth Inn, call Ann on the day to catch up with the tour 07811 678173.
16 August - Penzance
Meet at the Crown at 4pm. then on to The Ship, The Turks Head and The Admiral Benbow. Call Ann on the day to catch up with the tour 07811 678173
30 August - St Agnes
Meet at the Railway at 4pm. then on to The Railway then on to The St Agnes Hotel, The Peterville and Driftwood Spars. Call Ann on the day to catch up with the tour 07811 678173.
Keep a lookout in the autumn and winter months for Thirsty Thursdays! Other events throughout the coming year are planned so keep an eye on the Diary Dates! Ann Burnett – ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos
- Wednesday Walkabouts - Falmouth Mild Month of May
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Pictures form the Walkabout in Falmouth for the Mild Month of May
- Bude Brewery & Pub Tour
Saturday 6 May 2017
Kernow CAMRA members had a great day in Bude on Saturday 6th May and the event was hosted by Bude Brewery.
The members met up at Bodmin Parkway station where we boarded our coach with our usual driver and embarked on our journey to Bude. We arrived at Bude Brewery where we were met by Thomas Rooke the managing director of Bude Brewery. He kindly informed us about the history of the brewery and also the future. He introduced us to Liam Cook, Head Brewer who has been at the brewery for three years and since joining he has embarked on ensuring the beers are different, good quality and flavours. Thomas Westlake helps to produce theses great beers as assistant brewer. This year marks the 40th year for Kernow CAMRA and Bude Brewery have produced a golden Ale to celebrate our anniversary. We all enjoyed the first taste of the fabulous brew, trouble was it was very moreish. Make sure you look out for it as it is definitely a beer I would recommend. We also sampled a raspberry milk stout called Draco which was also very pleasant. Liam and Thomas the brewers gave us a very informed tour of the brewery. Showing us the brewing tanks (who all have names) one of which is Dirty Debbie. The brewery also bottle the beer themselves and now with the help of their newest piece of equipment a mobile canning machine they can their beer too.
We stayed at the brewery for around an hour and a half and we would very much like to thank Thomas, Liam and Thomas for hosting the event for us, generously giving us as much beer as we wanted to drink and a very enjoyable tour.
We then moved on to Bude Rugby club where there was also a barrel of Kernow CAMRA 40th Golden Ale plus Porthbud another one of Bude Brewery’s Beers and very nice it was too. We were also very generously given a selection of pies from The Cornish Pie Co and we would like to thank them for feeding us.
We left the Rugby Club and moved onto Preston Gate Inn at Poughill who are passionate about real ale and make a point of buying from breweries and micro-breweries in Devon and Cornwall. They regularly have guest ales alongside their staples. They sell refreshing and hoppy pale ales in Summer and dark ales in winter. Some of the guest ales that they had have passed through their pumps before being sold anywhere else.
After the Preston Gate Inn we went to Kings Arms, Stratton which was built around 365 years ago. The Kings Arms a 17th century coaching inn located just of the A39 and one mile from Bude. There are over 50 prints of the pub on the walls which captures some of the history. The floor off the pub is made from Cornish delabole slate and there is a log burner for cold winter nights. They have a great selection of real ales and are in the Good Beer Guide and Cask Marque accredited which means they guarantee the quality of our beers.
The last pub on our journey was Bullers Arms Hotel, Marhamchurch a traditional country pub, which is just a mile from the north Cornish coast and near to Bude. They offer a good selection of real ales, ciders and hand-picked wines. The pub offers food with locally sourced ingredients, including local meat from the family farm and local cheese.
A great day was once again had by all members and on behalf of everyone I would like to thank Roger for organizing the trip, Bude Brewery for hosting it, First for our great driver and all three pubs who kindly allowed us to invade them on a Saturday afternoon.
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer
- Cornwall CAMRA Pub of the Year Presentation
Sunday 23 April 2017
CAMRA Kernow enjoyed the afternoon of Sunday 23 April at the 'Front at Falmouth to give two presentations.
The first was to landlord Matt Reay for coming a very close runner-up in Cornwall CAMRA Pub of the Year Competition 2017.
The second was to Simon Treen of Treen's Brewery for achieving Silver in the Best Bitter Category at Cornwall CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival 2016 for Cuckoo.
Behind the bar: Deputy Branch Chairman Vince Curtis presenting Matt with his certificate, and Vince presenting Simon with his certificate.
Group photos of Vince with Simon and his family, and with Matt and his team.
Photos and Review Courtesy of Steve Barber, Tasting Panel Chairman and NBSS Coordinator.
See the full 2017 Pub of the Year review.
- CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year 2017
Saturday 25 March 2017
The winners of, CAMRA Kernow (Cornwall Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale) Pubs of the Year 2017 has been decided. Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 5,000 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.
We would like to raise a glass to all of the pubs that were shortlisted in this year’s pub of the year title race, which is a massive accolade in itself. The top six pubs being the Star Inn (Crowlas), Beerwolf Books and 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 the Red Lion (Newquay), the Stable (Fistral) and Beerwolf Books (Falmouth).
With a huge cheer and massive congratulations to Robin Lawson and his team, it’s a pleasure to announce that the Old Ale House, Truro is the CAMRA Kernow Pub of the year 2017 and also to Dan Rollerson and his team, at the Stable, Fistral is named CAMRA Kernow Cider Pub of the year 2017. There is one other special mention and an award of CAMRA Kernow Pub of the year Runner-Up that we would like to award the ‘front in Falmouth, who were exceptionally close to the title, so congratulations to Matt Reay and his team in Falmouth.
The official Pub of the Year presentations will be happening at the Ale house, the beautiful traditional pub in the heart of Truro city centre. The CAMRA Branch Social will kick off on Saturday 20th May at 12.30 with the official presentation happening at 2pm, with the opportunity taste some mighty fine exceptional range of Skinners ales and meet your local CAMRA members helping the pub celebrate its success.
The ‘front the Pub of the Year Runner-Up presentation will be held on Sunday 23rd April when we will have a CAMRA Branch Social from 2pm with the presentation at 2.30. Of course there is no need to wait as the ‘front offers a pilgrimage to all seeking a safe haven to nibble on a pasty with a consistently changing range of 10+ ales and ciders always in fantastic form.
May has been crowned as Cider month by CAMRA and we would like to recognise the Stable Fistral, a contemporary bar with panoramic views across Fistral Beach, with the Cider Pub of the Year on Saturday 13th May at 12.30 the official presentation at 2pm. Come and meet people who are passionate about real cider and delve to hidden depths with a range of in excess of 60 different ciders available.
Please do come and share in the Pubs success with us. We would love to see you at these 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 1,239 CAMRA members in Cornwall and we will always have some room for some more. To all CAMRA members please keep scoring the beers on www.whatpub.com to make all of this possible, thanks you for your ongoing support.
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer
- Kernow CAMRA'S 40th Anniversary AGM
Friday 24 March 2017
On the 18th March 2017 Skinner’s brewery hosted Kernow CAMRA's AGM in its 40th year. Kernow CAMRA was formed on the 18th March in 1977 at the Bell Inn, St Columb Major. Three of the founding members who attended that original meeting Richard Cunningham, Gerry Bazin and Brian Phillips attended this year's AGM, precisely 40 years later.
Kernow CAMRA founding members cutting the 40th Anniversary cake .Brian Phillips, Richard Cunningham and Gerry Bazin.
The AGM was again this year very well attended with members who travelled from all over the country to meet in Truro. The committee reports were read, committee members were elected, discussions were had and all the time helped along with some great beers such as the Skinner’s Stout, Penny Come Quick.
Ray Dwan, deputy regional director kindly attended our AGM to help out with all the official votes and we were very grateful to him for travelling to us to help out. James Lynch, who will be standing for a National Executive position at this year’s National AGM, to be held in Bournemouth in April, also come along to talk about CAMRA'S future.
We would like welcome the new members to the committee and wish them success in their new positions. Those new committee members being Vince Curtis who steps in as Deputy Chairman, Ann Burnett and Roger Webster who jointly step in to take the role of Social Secretary and to Dave Ward who steps into the role of Festival Chairman. We also take this opportunity to thank Doug Polman for all of his support as a member of the branch committee over the past years. As this is our 40th year we have lots of events and outings planned. These will include pub of the year presentations, brewery and pub tours. Some of the trip include a trip to Bude Brewery, Tintagel Brewery and a Vintage bus pub tour of pubs the A30 by-passed. A massive thank you to Rosemary Barber who made a fantastic birthday cake and decorated it with our 40th logo in Cornish colours and Cornish tartan ribbon. It was very nice too.
We were unable to announce this year's winner, runner up Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year, as the final reports had only just been received. But hot off the press….the Pub of the Year 2017 is The Ale House, Truro. A great town centre traditional pub with lots of real ales and ciders, also a limitless supply of free monkey nuts. A very close runner-up is the ‘front, Falmouth. A fantastic waterfront pub with great views across Falmouth harbour, they also allow you to take your own food in. The Cider Pub of the Year is The Stables, Newquay boasting a range of over 60 ciders and fantastic views over Fistral beach. Congratulations to all three well deserving winners.
The Bodmin Boys, Mark and Dave
Lots of superb beer was consumed at the AGM and we were all very grateful for the tasty pasties that Skinners Brewery gave the members. On behalf of Kernow CAMRA, I would like to thank Skinners Brewery for hosting the meeting the great beers and pasties. And of course our very own Bodmin boys, Mark and Dave for manning the bar throughout the meeting and of course all members who took the time to attend the AGM.
Sonia Bunce - Press Officer
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Saturday 18 March 2017
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- Penryn Pub Walk
Saturday 11 March 2017
A good 25 or so CAMRA members converged on the ancient town of Penryn on Saturday 11 March for a crawl of its venerable pubs.
The first port of call was the historic Thirsty Scholar, formerly Three Tuns, a comfortable inn on West Street offering three beers St Austell Tribute, Skinner’s Cornish Trawler and Rebel Penryn Pale Ale. In keeping with the academic theme, one wall had 2 well-stocked bookcases, but of wallpaper! The old pub seems to go on forever at the back down the hill, much bigger that the frontage suggests. Candles on the table were a nice touch; very handy for lighting up my Trawler. Having quenched our initial thirst, it was down the hill to the Seven Stars in Lower Market Street, which offered three beers including Treen’s Cuckoo and Blue Anchor Spingo Middle. A beer drinker’s delight in Penryn. Two friendly pub cats were in residence.
While eating a pasty in Fore Street I noticed a large granite hall that would make a great beer festival venue. Look closely at the name carved in granite over the windows!
Next pub down the hill was the King’s Arms in Broad Street with its unique bay portico on granite pillars overhanging the footway. An inn since 1489 with a history of kings and ghosts, we made a bee-line for the Exmoor Dark in the comfortable dark wood bar. Another old pub that stretches way back down the hill.
Last pub down by the Penryn River was the Famous Barrel, formerly the Commercial, with its unusual ‘barrel’ door and open fire. Sharp’s Doom Bar, Skinner’s Betty Stogs and Dartmoor Jail Ale were on offer. Quite a few locals in the Barrel. To get back to the station meant passing the other pubs again, but just another Spingo in the Seven Stars for me this time.
Quite a few of the Cornwall tasting panel were on the crawl, and several Cornish beers were bagged on the way. With the bonus of dry weather, we had a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
Article and pictures supplied by Steve Barber Tasting Panel Chairman
- Rebel Mexi-Cocoa Awarded Beer of Wakefield CAMRA Festival
Saturday 4 March 2017
On Saturday 4 March a party of the Wakefield Branch of CAMRA came down to Penryn to present a plaque to Rebel Brewery for Mexi-Cocoa Choc-Vanilla Stout which won the Beer of the Festival at the 2016 Wakefield Beer Festival on 13-15 October.
The CAMRA party was welcomed to Rebel Brewery by Stephen Trezona – Director, Shirley Cormack-Trezona – Director and Matt Pascoe – Head Brewer. The brewery provided us with cask of Penryn Pale Ale which we endeavoured to consume plus some taster samples of bottled Rebel beers and excellent pasties for which we were very grateful.
The presentation photo shows Wakefield CAMRA Chairman Albert Bradbury with Brewer Matt Pascoe.
Wakefield Branch was represented by Albert Bradbury – Chairman, Mark Goodair – Secretary, Mark Gibson – Newsletter Editor/Festival Organiser and a number of other branch officers and members.
Cornwall Branch was represented by Rod Davis – Pubs Officer, Steve Barber – NBSS Coordinator, Chris Mason – Advertisement Coordinator, Vince Curtis, Maddie Davis and other branch members.
Before the presentation at Rebel, The Wakefield party, who flew from Leeds/Bradford Airport to Newquay, enjoyed a pub crawl of Newquay on the Friday evening with Cornwall members Bob Bunce – Chairman, Sonia Bunce – Press Officer and Steve Wilmott – Newsletter Editor/Membership Secretary.
After the presentation at Rebel, the Wakefield and Cornwall members did a crawl of the Seven Stars, Beerwolf Books and ‘Front in Falmouth. Finally we returned by train to Truro for a pint in the Old Ale House before the Wakefield members returned to Newquay by minibus.
- Blue Anchor's Tim Sears Presented a Gold Award
Wednesday 1 March 2017
A host of Friends and Regulars gathered at the Blue Anchor, Helston to Celebrate the Retirement of Tim Sears the brewer of 35 years in post.
Simon the landlord made a speech and presented Tim with a wooden model of a brewer's paddle. Merwin Wass a CAMRA member since 1980 (37 years)presented Tim with the CAMRA gold award and thanked him for what he has done for real ale over his 35 years of brewing at the Blue.
Tim was both surprised and pleased at the gathering to mark his retirement.
On his retirement as the Famous Blue Anchor's Brewer Tim Sears is Presented a CAMRA Gold Award
- Rural Freehouse Campaigning Trip
Tuesday 14 February 2017
On Saturday 11th February nearly fifty CAMRA members braved the winter weather and embarked on a Far East campaigning trip to some of the hard to get to rural pubs. Roger our trip organiser arranged for a coach to pick members up at various places throughout Cornwall. It was great that the Cornwall members were joined by Devon and Somerset members as well.
We arrived at Gunnislake our first stop and walked a short way down the hill to The Rising Sun which is an oak-beamed country inn dating from the 17th century and lies in a conservation area. It had a good choice of 5 real ales. The exposed stone walls and wooden beams allow for an extensive display of chinaware, while the beautiful terraced garden affords views of the Tamar Valley. A true community pub with live music most weekends and it hosts activities including games nights.
The Rising Sun, Gunnislake
After a quick hike back up the hill and a short ride we arrived at The Rifle Voluteer, St.Ann’s Chapel which was built as a mine captain's house in around 1800, then converted to a coaching inn during the mid-19th century. The main bar lead into a large conservatory with views over the garden and panoramic views across the Tamar Valley. This is where we were treated to plates of pasties meat and vegetarian which we were all very grateful for. There was a great range of beers available.
The Rifle Voluteer, St.Ann’s Chapel
The third pub on our trip was The White Hart, Chilsworthy, which is cosy rural community pub is tucked into the steep northern slopes of the Tamar Valley near the prominent landmark of Kit Hill. It has a wood-burning stoves set in two stone chimney breasts in what used to be separate bar rooms. There were horse brasses and other commonly artefacts. There was a small restaurant and garden to the rear enjoying spectacular views over Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley.
The White Hart, Chilsworthy
When we arrived at the next village Metherell, on our trip we had a choice of two pubs both within walking distance of each other. The Carpenters Arms and The Cross House.
The Carpenters Arms was located down a network of country lanes. It is a 15th century pub which is full of character and atmosphere. The public bar had slate with heavy black beams that held in place massive exposed stone walls. There was also a larger lounge which also functions as a dining area. There was also outdoor seating on the sun terrace.
The Carpenters Arms, Metherell
The Cross House was a large, comfortable, solidly-built rural family run pub. it has a small function room and separate dining area. Families and dogs are welcome it has an extensive garden with play area. The car park was very large and able to accommodate our coach while we frequented the facilities and sample the beers within the pub.
The Cross House, Metherell
The last pub on our tour was The Bull’s Head, Callington which is a 15th century pub located in the centre of Callington. The pub has been under the same family ownership for many years, and is frequented by many locals. The bar includes a comfortable lounge with vast stone fireplace, fairly low oak beams, latticed windows and a profusion of brass. The pub supports darts teams, and there is live music every Friday.
The Bull’s Head, Callington
This superb day discovering some of the less well known Free Houses in East Cornwall was a campaigning event with the strategic objectives, fundamentally to support Rural Pubs at the worst trading time of the year, to entice non-active CAMRA members to join us and get them more active and in hope of persuading licensees to expand their beer range to encourage beer drinkers. I must say the beers were definitely not boring as you can see by the list below, a wonderful and diverse selection. It was also great to meet members that have not been out on the trips before, we hope to see you again.
If you were not able to join us this time please do drop into one of the pubs you wont be disappointed. Alternatively keep your eyes out for one of our next trips which we are planning to the areas of Bode, Tintagel and pubs the A30 By-Passed. Were hopefully see you there.
On behalf of CAMRA I would like to say a big thank you to all the pubs that looked after us throughout the day with snacks, lunch and a great range of beers. A massive thank you to the bus driver who waited round for us while we enjoyed our fantastic Cornish pubs and to Roger out transport secretary for organising the day.
Some of the Beers seen on the day Brains Rev James, Cornish Chough Cadgwith Crabber, Cotleigh Barn Owl, Cottage Rebellion, Dartmoor Jail Ale, Driftwood Lou’s Brew, Exmoor Ale, Wadworth Horizon, Moorstone Ruby Red, Otter Amber, Sharps Doom Bar & Special, St Austell Tribute & Trelawney, Tavy Ales Best, Teignworthy Real Ale & Spring Tide, Urban Island DSB
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer. Pictures by Steve Barber and Bob Bunce.
- Celtic Beer Festival sets new fundraising records
Monday 13 February 2017
St Austell Brewery’s hugely popular Celtic Beer Festival has broken records yet again, raising a massive £40,000 for charity from the 2016 event last November with more beer lovers from across the South West and beyond coming along to join the fun than ever before.
The annual festival raises money for St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust which supports good causes across the South West and, thanks to nearly 3,500 people attending in 2016, the Trust is also able to celebrate another landmark of generating over £600,000 for local charities since it was started in 2003.
Despite the many different fundraising activities that take place across the year, including golf days, Sportsmans’ Dinners and pub quizzes across the Brewery’s 178-strong estate of award-winning pubs and hotels, the Celtic Beer festival continues to be the biggest event in the Charitable Trust’s calendar.
Attracting thousands of beer lovers who flock to the brewery’s historic cellars to enjoy a day-long celebration of real ale and local music, all of the profits from ticket sales are donated to the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust, with much of the liquid refreshment also donated to the event by the Brewery and others in the brewing business.
Ian Blunt, Chairman of the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust, said: “This is another terrific achievement for the trust made possible by the generosity of so many people, from those who come along to enjoy the event as well as those who help to sponsor it. The trust is designed to help people from all walks of life as well as large organisations and this year has been another typical example of that, with donations ranging from iPads and wheelchairs for youngsters with learning difficulties and disabilities, to £15,000 for essential ventilator equipment for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.”
Jeremy Mitchell, St Austell Brewery Marketing and Communications Director, said: “The Celtic Beer Festival is an incredible success story that just keeps on growing and we are incredibly grateful to all those people who came and supported this year’s event and helped us to raise such an incredible amount. Here’s to CBF 2017 on November 25th raising even more money for the trust - get it in the diary!”
For more information about the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust and its fundraising activities, visit www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/Charitable-Trust
- Handful of awards for Penzance Brewing Co beers
Saturday 21 January 2017
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has presented Penzance Beer Company, based in Crowlas, with five awards picked up at October’s Falmouth Beer Festival, including a cup for champion Cornish beer.
There was a silver category award for Mild, and gold category awards for Crowlas Bitter and Scilly Stout. Scilly Stout was named runner-up champion beer and took the champion beer of Cornwall award, too.
The presentation to brewery and Star Inn owner and brewer, Pete Elvin, was made by Dugg Polman, deputy chairman of Cornwall CAMRA, in front of a busy pub.
"I'm astounded we got so many awards across the board," said Pete. "I want to thank my loyal customers – without them I wouldn't be brewing these beers."
He thanked his staff, too, led by manager Emma Blewett. "If they weren't doing such a great job I would be able to end so much time in 'the shed!"
Penzance Brewing Co brews four regular beers – Crowlas Bitter, Potion No 9, Brison Bitter and Mild – which are always on tap at the Star. A rota of other beers includes last year’s biggest hit, Hoptimystic, a fresh and tropical tasting golden beer, and, of course, the rich and delicious Scilly Stout.
Many thanks to Darren Norbury of Beer Today for the Article and Steve Barber Cornwall CAMRA for the pictures
- The Plymouth Adventure
Saturday 21 January 2017
The Plymouth Beer tour with a Plymouth Gin twist The Famous Five (oh and a few others!) Cross the Bridge into Devon
On Saturday 21st January a grand representative group of CAMRA Kernow members caught various trains over the border into Devon, to alight at Plymouth for a trip to the Plymouth Gin distillery. Now, you might say this is not the usual beer trip that CAMRA members are so good at – and you would be right, it was a beer tour with a gin twist!
We gathered in the Gog and Magog next to Plymouth Gin for a quick one to whet our whistles before starting our tour of the Gin Distillery at 12.30pm. The guide gave us a very comprehensive history of Plymouth Gin which started its life in 1793. We learnt about the distilling process as well as having the opportunity to examine and smell the botanicals used to flavour Plymouth Gin. This was followed by the much anticipated tasting of the gin mixed with a drop of water, which enabled us to appreciate the delicious gin flavour. A sample of Sloe Gin was also enjoyed. We adjourned to the cocktail bar for a Gin and Tonic, packed with lots of ice and felt that we could sit in the bar all day working our way through the cocktail list, but no….the Pub Crawl awaited…
Dickie from Plymouth CAMRA had very kindly put together a very comprehensive list and map of the pubs we could visit, both in the Barbican area and en route back to the station. At 1.30pm we met up with the rest of the group in the Queen’s Arms ready to start drinking beer and visiting pubs. The group had grown to about 35 of us by now. The Maritime on Southside Street was next on our list and we split up, some to eat and others to visit this pub and some of the other pubs on the route separately. This turned out to be a good idea since we weren’t all queueing at the bar for a drink at the same time! Throughout the tour we kept bumping into each other and this kept everyone chatting over their pints.
Part of the group moved on to The Ship on Quay Road, a very busy St Austell Brewery pub, then into the Dolphin, a historical pub on the Barbican, well known for its draught Bass served straight from the barrel. On our visit it had 8 different beers on the bar, served by gravity. It is also the setting of several of the artist Beryl Cook’s paintings, some of which are displayed on the walls.
Classic photobombing by a passer-by – perhaps we should have signed him up to CAMRA! Yes, there really were other people on our tour, not just these two!
Next some of us ventured up the hill and off to the right to find the Fisherman’s Arms, tucked in behind the Barbican. An open fire and large armchairs greeted us in this Freehouse, definitely a pub to sit in cosily on a cold winter’s day. We lingered longer in this pub before moving back down the hill to The Minerva where we found half the group installed on long benches and tables. We were happy to join them and partake of the beer in the oldest pub in Plymouth – dating from 1540.
It was recommended that we then go ‘off piste’ and try out the Bread and Roses pub, Plymouth’s only Social Enterprise pub for community and arts events. The pub was very interesting architecturally and the beer was great too!
Alas it came to that time when some of us were ready to make a dash to the station for trains home. Several of us set off together, then lost each other, but still ended up on the same train going home.
The pubs we visited were interesting historically as well as serving good beer. The selection reflected our Cornish heritage in some pubs but we did manage to drink some out of county beers. The Plymouth Gin tour was enjoyed and much discussed by all, and we all concluded that it had been a Grand Day Out!
Article discussed by everyone, written by Ann and photos by Sonia!
A copy of the Tour map is you fancy a walk around Plymouth at a later date
- Exeter Festival of Winter Ales
Friday 13 January 2017
If Any would like to give our neighbour a hand at the festival please download an Application form... If not we hope to see your there trying the beers.
Fancy going on the Friday? A group of CAMRA members are departing Truro station at 09:27 that arrives at St James Park at 12:22 looking to depart on the 17:19 back to Truro for 19:40 why not join them…
A provisional list of Beers and Ciders has been made available.
- 2016 Cornwall CAMRA Christmas Lunch
Saturday 17 December 2016
Many thanks to everyone who attended the 2016 CAMRA Kernow Christmas Lunch on Saturday 17th December 2016 at The Hop Store, Old Ale House, Truro
A few pictures from the event and a couple of the pubs visited on the tour of Truro's finest real ale pubs.
- Admiral Benbow Penzance Presentation
Saturday 10 December 2016
The Admiral Benbow Penzance was presented with CAMRA, s Heritage Pub Status.
There was a great turn out of CAMRA members who went alone to support the pub for winning such a prestigious award.
The presentation took place at 1:00 and Trish the landlady received a plaque and certificate. The pub won the award due to its interior. The 18th century pub with an extraordinary interior created between 1950 and the early 1960’s by former licensee Roland Morris, who was a diver. The outrageous interior was constructed from materials recovered from ships' salvage and wrecks. It is probably Britain’s finest example of a post war “theme” pub. The earliest work is the Captain’s or Great cabin at the rear with the front public bar being developed over a number of years. The Great Cabin is a spectacular themed room, an intact reconstruction of the interior of a sailing ship, utilizing fittings from wrecked ships to re-create the aft cabin of a Privateer. Upstairs the nautical theme continues with the Wreck room (where a portion of lifeboat from the Torre Canyon can be found) and Lady Hamilton’s bar.
The Admiral Benbow is one of only three pubs in Cornwall to receive Heritage status. The other two Cornish pubs are the Seven Stars at Falmouth and the Blue Anchor at Helston.
After the presentation, we enjoyed a tour of Penzance real ale venues which of course has to be done.
Many thanks to all members who attended, the great hospitality received from all the pubs we visited and especially to Trish the landlady for lovingly caring for the Admiral Benbow.
Sonia Bunce Press Officer
- St Austell's Tall Order Recieves a Silver
Friday 25 November 2016
Congratulations to St Austell Brewer Adam Spargue who received the Official CAMRA certificate for St Austell Tall Order which won Silver place in the Porter Category at The Falmouth Beer Festival this year.
Pictured(Left Bob Bunce, Kernow CAMRA Chairman. Right Adam Spargue, St Austell Brewer) taken at the Celtic Beer Festival
- November branch meeting and pub visits.
Saturday 19 November 2016
Saturday 19th November branch meeting and pub visits.
It was a great turnout of nearly fifty Kernow CAMRA members for the branch meeting which was held at The Bell Inn Launceston. The members traveled from all over the county and Roger the branches transport secretary arranged for a coach to pick up lots of the beer thirsty members at St Austell train station.
The coach then drove up to Launceston for a rewarding beer and they were not disappointed. Ivor & Lynda, the landlord and landlady had six beers on and all around £3:00 a pint. The meeting started at 12:30 with lots of interesting discussions, if you would like to see the topics discussed please download the meeting minutes and committee reports. The we had a few more beers and we were treated to a lovely lunch provided by the landlord and landlady. Myself and most of the members were also privileged to be able to give Elliott one of the pubs cats a good stroke, great for stress relief.
After the meeting we all got back on the coach and headed to The Caradon at Upton Cross who had also put on a great range of beers. One of the members had the bright idea to phone ahead to the pub and ordered the beers. This was great as lots of beer was lined up on the bar when we all arrived which meant the beer enthusias did not have to wait to sample a great pint.
Then to finish the day we moved on to The Manor at Rilla Mill again there was a interesting range of beers which were very well kept and went down well. The pub had a very large open fire which was a lovely treat on a cold day.
The coach drove us back to St Austell to catch trains and buses home. On behalf of Kernow CAMRA I would like to say thank you to The Bell, The Caradon and The Manor for their warm hospitality. Also thank you to First for providing us with a coach and a great driver. A great day was had by all.
Cheers to Roger.
Sonia Bunce Press Officer Kernow CAMRA
- Award-winning Stuart Howe joins Harbour Brewing Co
Friday 4 November 2016
Award-winning Stuart Howe joins Harbour Brewing Co
Former Parliamentary Beer Group brewer of the year and multiple global award winner Stuart Howe has returned to Cornwall to take up the role of head brewer at Harbour Brewing Company, near Bodmin.
Stuart left Sharp’s Brewery, in Rock, in 2015, having been promoted to head of innovation and craft brewing by parent company Molson Coors. He has since been director of brewing at Butcombe Brewery, at Wrington, and head brewer at Lost and Grounded Brewers, in Bristol.
Harbour Brewing founder, Eddie Lofthouse, said Stuart stood out from other candidates because of his breadth of industry experience, technical ability and creativity.
“Stuart is here to oversee the next stage of our growth,” said Eddie, who explained that the business has seen a huge increase in sales in this, its fifth year. New fermenting vessels are due to be installed later this year to cope with demand.
He said he was keen to see Stuart get a new project under way, studying a beer style for a couple of months then brewing to that style for a new limited-edition range.
Stuart will lead a team of three other brewers and started this week creating a new coffee porter, using Nicaraguan beans supplied by Origin Coffee. Also due for release soon is a raspberry vanilla Berliner weisse, tart and fruity, yet very sessionable at 3.5% ABV.
Stuart said he had followed Harbour’s progress keenly over the past five years and was keen to take on the new challenge. He has already noted that the spring water the brewery uses is very similar to that in Czech lager capital Pilsen. “That’s one of my ambitions, here, to make a brilliant Cornish lager,” he said.
“I have a lot of experience of breweries and this place is run very well. The brewing team are good guys – the sexiest brewing team in Cornwall!”
- Last Chance for CBOB Voting
Wednesday 26 October 2016
Thank you to all those Cornish members who have taken the trouble to vote in the annual first selections for the Champion Beer of Britain competition. So far we have 59 local members voting (out of about 1100!) so a little way to go. And only 5 days of voting left (the poll closes on Tuesday 1 November). At least we are ahead of the other SW region’s branches, but one or two threaten to overtake us if we don’t watch out. So please take a few minutes to sit down and select your favourite brews in the south west. If they don’t get voted for, they don’t stand much chance of going on to the national competition at Olympia!
Any CAMRA member can login into the CBoB website www.cbobvoting.org.uk using their member login details. Please be aware that passwords had to be changed by all members by 9 October for security reasons, so if you have forgotten these details or need to renew it, you can reset your password by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can contact the Membership Services team emailing ku.gro.armac@pihsrebmem or call 01727 798 8440.
Many thanks, and cheers!
(Rod Davis) CBoB Co-ordinator, CAMRA SW Area
- Falmouth Beer Festival 2016
Saturday 22 October 2016
Cornwall CAMRA’s annual beer festival was once again a resounding success. The beer and cider festival was held at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth which is famous for its Award winning historic gardens of Gyllyndune and Edwardian bandstand. The festival was split between the main hall which show cased beers from outside Cornwall and the garden which house the Cornish Beer and nationwide ciders.
The fantastic range of 131 Cornish beers were sampled this year showcasing the large variety of Brewers here in Cornwall. The cider bar delivered over 60 ciders including a 40 gallon barrel of Badgers Arse cider and of course the legendary Granny’s Weapon Grade Ginger Beer was on standby to offer a refreshing alternative.
Prior to the festival opening a series of beer judging was conducted. Strong ales and mild’s were the beers judged for The Champion Beer of Britain (CBoB). The winners will go forward to the regional selection and then hopefully onto Olympia at the Great British Beer Festival for chance of winning the converted title. A massive thanks to the 90 beer and cider enthusiasts from all over the region who judged the beers and ciders of the Festival, the Champion beer of the festival being named as Arbor’s Yakima Valley with Champion Beer of Cornwall being named as Penzance’s Scilly Stout. Cornish winners of the best in Class were received by Penzance Brewery for Crowlas Bitter & Scilly Stout, Skinner’s for Cornish Knocker and Hops and Honey and Driftwood for Lew’s Brew. A special mention to Treen’s Brewery who in the first year of Brewing took a silver in the Best Bitter Category with Cuckoo. A full winners list can be seen on the branch website. The Winners in the ciders Gold Janets Jungle Juice, Silver Green Valley Sweet and Bronze Kingston Black. The winners of the Perries Gold Minchews Perry, Silver Newpnett Perry and Bronze McCrindles Perry.
On Thursday evening the supporters and sponsors enjoyed a pre-festival sampling session and buffet in thanks for their ongoing support. At 8pm the doors opened and it was great to see our regular festival goers alongside a whole host of new faces. On Friday and Saturday the bars were all open from 11am and as usual there was a queue waiting to start their day. The great thing about the festival being at the pavilion is the addition of the garden area where children and dogs are welcomed, making it a family occasion.
Lots of students from the Falmouth University joined the festival this year. Our young Persons representative Davis Rescola and Cider Rep Linda Dopson attended the fresher’s fair at the Penryn campus in September enlightening the student to the benefits of beer, CAMRA and the Falmouth Beer Festival. Encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves and drink responsibly.
Argos conspiracy, the Wood, Joe Hurworth, the Oll an Gwella chorus and Still Dizzy all at took to the stage treating the beer enthusiasts to top class entertainment throughout the festival. This year’s charity was the Blind at Sea (BATS) who help our visually impairs friend to get on to and enjoy the water up at Maylor Harbour. Thanks to the festival goers generosity the raised nearly £1000.
A huge thankyou has to go out to all the volunteers who throughout the year have been organising the festival, setting up and nurturing the beers in the preceding week. We cannot have a cloudy beer, not unless it’s supposed to be, so a lot of TLC and time is given to them prior to opening. Once again thank you to all of the pavilions staff who welcome us every year and to the supporters and sponsors. Without all of these fabulous people the festival would not be possible.
Cornwall CAMRA are always looking for new places to hold festivals and would welcome your ideas if you have a fantastic place in mind. We are also looking for people to get involved in organising and volunteering at the festivals becoming part of an ever-growing campaign to promote real ale, cider and perry.
Throughout the year Cornwall CAMRA organise trips to breweries, social events, festival and lots of informal get togethers. If you would like come along to a meeting and join in. Look on www.Cornwall.camra.org.uk for the diary dates, we look forward to see you there.
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer.
- CALLING ALL CORNWALL CAMRA MEMBERS: CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN VOTING
Sunday 2 October 2016
CALLING ALL CORNWALL CAMRA MEMBERS: CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN VOTING
You are probably aware (or ought to be) that there is a ballot of all the CAMRA membership to find worthy candidates for the Champion Beer of Britain. All branch members in the south-west of England are invited to vote for their favourite brews, and when the votes are counted, the top 6 or so in each class will go forward to the next stage of the competition, which is actual judging of the beers at beer festivals to find the best of the best in each class. These then go on to the big race for the title of ‘Champion Beer of Britain’ at the Great British Beer Festival in London.
Voting has now progressed to just past the half-way point, and so far in Cornwall only 12 people have bothered to put finger to keyboard. The vote closes on 1 November, and there are still over 1000 members out there still to make their choices. I know we can do much better than this, and indeed have in past years beaten all the other SW branches in terms of voter turnout. So, if you would like to help our local breweries to get towards this much sought-after prize, or indeed any non-Cornish ones whose beers you enjoy in the region, please take a few minutes to log on to the members’ voting website www.cbobvoting.org.uk and cast your votes now. You will be invited to vote for up to 5 beers in each of 10 categories (bitters, best bitters, golden ales, milds…. etc), plus bottled beers in an eleventh group. List your choices in order of preference from 1 to 5 in each group – and you don’t have to vote for all 5 if you don’t know the beers on the lists, or indeed any at all in a group if that’s not your sort of brew. Just vote for some, and you will be added in.
I’ll let you all know how we have done once the votes have been counted.
Many thanks, and cheers!
Rod (Rod Davis) CBoB Co-ordinator, CAMRA SW Area Pubs Officer, Cornwall CAMRA
- Dave & Craig hit the Headlines
Thursday 1 September 2016
Great write up's in the Wetherspoon's Autumn Magazine for our Branch Secretary, Craig Allen and our Young Persons Representative David Rescorla. Great work guys and thanks for your support..
- Harbour Brewery Trip
Saturday 20 August 2016
We were met by Eddie the owner and once everyone arrived we were taken through to the brewing room.
The brewery has undergone a large number of changes since the last time we visited. There is more equipment in the brewing room and it has been moved around.
Eddie took us through the brewing cycle and we looked at all the vessels and he showed us the computerised brewing process. In the same room are the fermenting vessels and conditioning tanks. Eddie explained that they like to hold on to their beers for a little longer than most breweries before casking, bottling or canning up. We spent quite a time here as there were a number of questions. We then moved on to the canning room.
Here was the bottling plant we had seen before and in front of it sat the new canning plant. Eddie explained the whole canning process and said that they can for Marks and Spencer as well as themselves. The canning line can work faster then the bottling line. They also bottle for a couple of other breweries including Adnams.
From here we went through to the holding area for all the completed cans and bottles. We enjoyed Harbour hospitality and sampled all of their products, including a couple of canned beers and on aged in Bourbon casks.
We then presented the certificate for best in category of Cornish beers for Amber, their first beer to be brewed by the company.
Dugg Polman, Social Secretary, CAMRA Kernow.
- Cornwall tasting Panel meeting at Driftwood Spars
Saturday 13 August 2016
Cornwall Tasting Panel met at the Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove on Saturday 13 August as guests of Driftwood Brewer Pete Martin. Guest tasters Kevin Travers (Hampshire Tasting Panel Chair and Regional TP Coordinator for London & SE England) and Val Helliwell (Hampshire TP member) joined the panel. We tasted a range of Driftwood cask and bottled beers, giving CAMRA information for tasting notes for the Good Beer Guide and for nominations for the Champion Beer of Britain and Winter Beer of Britain competitions. We worked our way through malty session bitters to the powerful Alfie’s Revenge at 6.5%ABV. Pete’s new best bitter, Sundrift was a challenge for the panel as we had no preconceived ideas about the beer. It has flavours of malts, grassy hops, a range of fruits and spicy notes – very yummy! Finally, we tasted Pete’s speciality gluten-free bottled beer Unexpected, which is a light and refreshing hoppy brew with no barley-malt flavour, but with bitter hops and spicy citrus fruits.
Photo shows us enjoying the lunch break courtesy of Driftwood Spars, and some lovely beer of course! Clockwise in the photo are Lin Dopson, Pete Dopson (both Cornwall TP members), Val, Kevin, and Pete Martin (Brewer) at the back. Then Vince Curtis, Jan Barrett, Bob Bunce, Sonia Bunce, Rosemary Barber and Euan McPhee (all Cornwall TP members). Behind the camera was Steve Barber, Cornwall TP Chair and Regional TP Coordinator for SW England (South).
The panel meets several times a year for tastings and also takes advantage of other Cornwall Branch events to taste the wonderful beers from Cornish breweries. We are very active and currently have the most beers with tasting notes in the Good Beer Guide.
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer, CAMRA Kernow.
- Judging at the Great British Beer Festival 2016
Tuesday 9 August 2016
It was a early to start to the day on 9th August for my husband and myself as we were judging the finalists of 2016 Champion Beer Of Britain. The Great British Beer Festival where the judging takes place is held at Olympia. We got the train to Olympia the journey took a little longer than expected due to a train strike. On arrival we met up with fellow CAMRA members who were also lucky enough to be asked to judge this year's beers. We were taken through the National Hall where the GBBF is held, to the Apex Room which was set out with eight tables, armed with dried crackers and water. Each table represented the style of beer the judges will be tasting.
We were on the first round of judging which meant we were tasting beer before 10 o'clock in the morning, a hard job but we persevered. I was on the golden ales table along with the American Beer Writer Owen Ogletree, Brewers Association Sylvia Kopp, EBCU Jos Brouwer and four other CAMRA members. Lots of very interesting conversation was had on my table. I found out about some great beer festivals coming up which included Tokyo and Atlantic, Georgia, 'straight in the diary'.
My husband was on the strong bitters table, all I can say is good job I had the train tickets and travel times, say no more! He also had some very interesting people on his table Jessica Boak of the Boak & Bailey Beer Blog, Bob Crumpton of Titanic’s Brewery Tap and five other CAMRA judges.
On the other tables were external first round judges from many different areas but with one thing in common, a passion for good beer. There was beer writer John Porter, American beer writer Tommy Carroll, MEP Anne lies Dodds, Ray Bailey of Boak & Bailey, Department of Culture, Media and Sport Lizzy Mankelow, John Jones of Oysterband , Matt Electric In a Pub, Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group Paul Hegarty, MP Mike Wood, Matt Wilson of Asset Match, Brewery Yeast Biotechnologist Southampton Western Brewery USA Jeff Rapp, Food Writer Charles Campion, Brewers Association’s Lotte Peplow, European Beer Writer Carl Kins and lots of CAMRA judges.
We were given nine samples, one at a time, of the best beers that had made it to the final of the Champion Beer of Britain. We judged the ales on their appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste. We then had to score the beers out of 10. After tasting all nine beers we were able to revisit some of them.
After all the beers were judged we had a bit to eat and left the Apex Room so the next round of judging could take place. We then joined in the celebrations in the National Hall where the festival was in full swing. At around 3:00 pm the finalist for each category were announced and the Champion Beer of Britain was announced at an award ceremony later that evening. Here are the results.
We bumped into lots of people we knew including some of the reprobates from Kernow CAMRA branch, alongside the brewery teams from St Austell, Skinners, Driftwood, Penpont, Firebrand and Costal. As you can imagine a few more beers were sampled and a great day was had by all. Thanks to CAMRA and the Great British Beer Festival.
The Results of the day
Mild Category Gold Williams Bros Williams Black 3.6% Silver Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde 3.7% Bronze Acorn Darkness 3.3% Finalist Church End Gravediggers Ale 4.2% Finalist Facer's Mountain Mild 3.8% Finalist Nottingham Rock Ale Mild 3.8% Finalist Prospect Nutty Slack 4.2% Finalist RCH Hewish Mild 3.8% Finalist Triple FFF Pressed Rat & Warthog 3.9%
Bitter Category Gold Timothy Taylors Boltmaker 4.0% Silver Tiny Rebel Hank 4.0% Bronze Hawkshead Bitter 3.7% Bronze Salopian Shropshire Gold 3.8% Finalist Acorn Barnsley Bitter 3.8% Finalist Ashover Light Rale 3.7% Finalist Born in the Borders Game Bird 4.0% Finalist Buntingford Twitchell 3.8% Finalist Jennings Cumberland Ale 4.0% Finalist Lincoln Green Marion 3.8% Finalist Orkney Raven 3.8% Finalist Otley O1 4.0% Finalist Otter Amber 4.0% Finalist Purity Pure Gold 3.8% Finalist Windsor & Eton Windsor Knot 4.0% Finalist Woodforde’s Wherry 3.8%
Best Bitter Category Gold Surrey Hills Shere Drop 4.2% Silver Salopian Darwin's Origin 4.3% Bronze Colchester Colchester No1 4.1% Bronze Tiny Rebel Cwtch 4.6% Finalist B & T Dragon Slayer 4.5% Finalist Bank Top Flat Cap 4.0% Finalist Bath Ales Gem 4.1% Finalist Bathams Best Bitter 4.3% Finalist Castle Rock Elsie Mo 4.7% Finalist Leeds Leeds Best 4.3% Finalist Moorhouse's Pride of Pendle 4.1% Finalist Nene Valley Bitter 4.1% Finalist Ossett Big Red Bitter 4.0% Finalist Swannay Scapa Special 4.2% Finalist Tryst Carronade Pale Ale 4.2% Finalist Twisted Oak Spun Gold 4.5% Finalist Waen Pamplemousse 4.2%
Golden Ale Category Gold Golden Triangle Mosaic City 3.8% Silver Grey Trees Diggers Gold 4.0% Bronze Marble Lagonda IPA 5.0% Finalist Blue Monkey Infinity 4.6% Finalist Brass Castle Sunshine 5.7% Finalist Fyne Ales Jarl 3.8% Finalist RCH Pitchfork 4.3% Finalist Salopian Oracle 4.0% Finalist Surrey Hills Greensand IPA 4.6%
Strong Ale Category Gold Heavy Industry 77 4.9% Silver Hawkshead NZPA 6.0% Bronze Adnams Ghost Ship 4.5% Finalist Black Sheep Rigwelter 5.9% Finalist Castle Rock Screech Owl 5.5% Finalist Dark Star Revelation 5.7% Finalist Kinver Half Centurion 5.0% Finalist Otter Head 5.8%
Speciality Category Gold Binghams Vanilla Stout 5.0% Silver Titanic Plum Porter 4.9% Bronze Saltaire Triple Chocoholic 4.8% Finalist Harviestoun Schiehallion 4.8% Finalist Marble Earl Grey IPA 6.8% Finalist Moonshine Chocolate Orange Stout 6.7% Finalist Peak Ales Chatsworth Gold 4.6% Finalist Skinner’s Hops n Honey 4.0% Finalist Tiny Rebel Loki 4.5%
Champion Winter Beer Winners brought through to the 2nd Round Manchester 2016 Porter Facer's North Star Porter 4.0% Derby 2016 Porter Elland 1872 Porter 6.5% Derby 2016 Stout Plain Ales Inncognito 4.8% Manchester 2016 Stout Wibblers Crafty Stoat 5.3% Manchester 2016 Old Ale/Strong Mild Marble Chocolate Marble 5.5% Derby 2016 Old Ale/Strong Mild Old Dairy Snow Top 6.0% Derby 2016 Barley Wine/SOAle Tring Death or Glory 7.2% Manchester 2016 Barley Wine/SOAle Darwin Extinction Ale 8.3%
Champion Beer of Britain Winners Gold and Champion Beer of Britain Binghams Vanilla Stout 5.0% Silver Old Dairy Snow Top 6.0% Bronze Tring Death or Glory 7.2%
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer, CAMRA Kernow.
- Brewery tour for the Rabble at Rebel Brewery, Penryn
Saturday 6 August 2016
Members from CAMRA Kernow branch got together at Rebel Brewery, Penryn on Saturday 6th of August and were treated to a great tour of the brewery. The Rebel Brewery has recently had a refit creating the Tap Room where the members met with Rob Lowe the founder of the brewery.
Rob who graduated as a mining engineer spent three months travelling from Cornwall to King Stone brewery in Wales where he learnt how to brew. In 2011 Rebel moved into the first unit with a 2 barrel brew kit and brewed a 4% bitter then called Rebel gold. One year later the brewery moved into the unit at Penryn and started to focus on weird and wonderful beers.
The Brewery invested in a 15 barrel brew kit and created six core beers and seven bottles with Cornish Honey Trap being the latest beer to join the range. One of the brewery's popular beers is the Fal Oyster stout where they use Falmouth Bay Oysters to flavour the stout.
One of the CAMRA members asked where the name brewery name Rebel came from. Rob gave the members a short local history lesson about a rebellion that happened years ago near Falmouth. As Rebel like to do things different from other breweries 'Rebel' seemed an apt name for the Brewery Rob said.
After a few samples and a hot pasty in the Tap Room the CAMRA members went on a very formative tour of the brewery. We were shown around the brewery and everything that is done from the production of the beer to the bottling which is done by hand, as is the labelling of the bottles.
Rob was very well prepared for a CAMRA visit and had a pit stop on the tour route of a barrel of Penryn Pale Ale which went down well.
On returning to the Tap Room the Chairman Bob Bunce presented Rob with two awards. The first award was the Pat Skinner trophy and this was for the Supreme Champion Cornish Real Ale. The second award was for Bill Fishleigh Cup for Supreme Champion Real Ale of the Festival. Both awards were presented to Rob Lowe for Rebel 80/- Porter and the rewards were in recognition of their achievement at the Falmouth beer festival 2015.
After the presentation the members were given some more samples and a good taster of the new Rebel Belgium Stout 8.5%, what a great beer to end the day on 'literally '.
I would like to thank Rob and Rebel Brewery on behalf of Kernow CAMRA for such a great day and a very formative tour of the brewery.
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer, CAMRA Kernow.
- St Austell and Mevagissey Guide Launch at the St Austell Brewery
Saturday 23 July 2016
St Austell and Mevagissey Guide is the latest edition to the CAMRA Kernow Cornish Real Ale pub Guide series. The launch was held at St Austell Breweries Visitor Centre & Hick’s Bar on Saturday 23rd July. The guide was officially launched by the Mayor of St Austell, Jackie Bull, who shares our passion for Real ale.
This is now the eighth edition to the CAMRA Kernow Cornish Real Ale pub Guide Series which are distributed throughout Cornwall and available for download from the branch website Kernow.camra.org.uk. The guides produced so far are Bodmin and Lostwithiel, Falmouth, Fowey, Looe and Polperro, Newquay, Padstow and Wadebridge, St Ives, Truro and cover both town centres and rural pubs in the vicinity. The launch was held at the recently refurbished St Austell’s Brewery visitor’s centre. The home of Hick’s Bar and the Small Batch Brewery. The business Walter Hicks founded has been called St Austell Brewery since 1934, the walls of the centre telling the story from Walters’s first brew in 1851 and the 165 Years in the development of this family business.
The visitors Centre hosts a variety of equipment used over the years, and we were all given a tour through the story of brewing which is centred around the brand new small batch brewery. The small batch brewery distributes one off and seasonal brews throughout selected Cornish venues. Roger Ryman, head brewer was present tending to the 6 developing brews, 2 of which are being readied for the Great British Beer Festival.
The Mayor was passionate about acknowledging the success of St Austell’s Brewery with St Austell Breweries Tribute being one of the most recognisable Cornish Exports. Jackie was also very interested to hear about CAMRA member’s enthusiasm for real ale, breweries and pubs.
Great once again it was good to see so many CAMRA Kernow members supporting the launch. After the tour we were able to sample some of the small batch brews and traditional pasties. The tasting panel were also out in force tasting the many St Austell bottled beers, Big Job which was recently named SIBA Supreme National Champion Bottled Beer went down well! too name just one.
Thank you to St Austell Mayor Jackie Bull for attending the launch and a massive thank you to St Austell Brewery for hosting and sponsoring the St Austell and Mevagissey Guide Launch.
If you would like a copy of the guide you can download a copy of the St Austell and Mevagissey Real Ale Pub Guide here.
- Rural pub of the Year Presentation 2016
Saturday 9 July 2016
On Saturday 9th July CAMRA Kernow the Cornwall Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale had the pleasure to present The Star Inn at Vogue, St Day Cornwall CAMRA Rural pub of the Year award for 2016. This is a great achievement as the Star Inn was also previously awarded Cornwall CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2014.
The licensees Mark and Rachel Graham who run the very diverse Punch Tavern pub have made this pub the heart of the local community. They regularly serve six interesting real ales which are mainly local alongside several ciders. The pub serves good value home cooked food which is locally sourced and holds regular taster evenings.
The Star Inn is located on the main road form Redruth to St. Day. It has a large car park and grassed children’s play area which is regularly used for music and real ale festivals. One of the unusually features of the pub is the hairdressers which is open Tuesday to Saturday. The Star Inn houses a library and is also a meeting place for sports teams and local societies.
Gwennap Pit which is an open air amphitheatre, is less than half a mile away from the pub was and still is a place of worship for Cornish Methodists. John Wesley preached there over 200 years ago. In 2006, Gwennap Pit became part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, popularly known as Cornish Mining.
The Star Inn was inspected by CAMRA members and was scored on the quality of real ale, atmosphere, décor, community focus, service and sympathy with CAMRA aims. The Star Inn ticked all of the boxes and more to become CAMRA Kernow Rural Pub of The Year.
There was a good turnout of CAMRA Kernow members on the day and on behalf of CAMRA Kernow I would like to thank Mark and Rachel plus their team for their kind hospitality as a great day was had by all.
- Cider Pub of the Year Presentation 2016
Saturday 2 July 2016
Cornwall CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2016 On Saturday 2nd July 2016 Cornwall CAMRA presented The Red Lion, Newquay the Cornwall CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year award. The event was attended by lots of CAMRA and non-CAMRA members who enjoyed sampling the ciders.
The Stonegate Pub Company Pub is run by Manager Rachael Box who is very passionate about real ciders and regularly has 6 boxed real ciders on the back of the bar. The Red Lion which was refurbished in March is a tradition pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. The pub is situated overlooking the harbour and boosts fantastic views out to sea. It is close to the centre of Newquay and within walking distance to the bus and train station.
The Red Lion has minimum of 6 traditional real ales, live music, cosy log fire and a separate restaurant area. Food is served daily 12-9pm and has a reputation for a good steak! There is also a secluded seating area at the back of the pub with and a small seating area at the side.
Lin Our Cider Rep enjoying a nice Scrumpy
On behalf of Cornwall CAMRA (Kernow) I would like to thank Racheal and her team for the great hospitality we received and all members and non-members who attended the day.
Sonia Bunce. Press Officer Kernow CAMRA
- Cornwall CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016
Saturday 25 June 2016
On Saturday 25th June Cornwall CAMRA were very proud to be able to present The Hole in the Wall, Crockwell Street, Bodmin with Cornwall CAMRA’s Pub of the Year award for the second year in a row.
The Punch Taverns pub is run by Steve who is very passionate about real ales and maintains six real ales on hand pumps. He regularly changes two guest ales. The pub dates from the eighteenth century and can be entered through a side arch which leads from the nearest car park or from the front entrance which leads through a picturesque leafy garden. The pub was once used as the town’s debtors prison.
There is also a large white haired lion’s head displayed in the garden. The interior of the pub is full of memorabilia and interesting inscriptions. There is a restaurant upstairs which is aptly called The Lion Restaurant. The pub also boasts a large quiet beer garden to the side of the building with plenty of seats and flowers. Steve also regularly puts on beer festivals with extra stillage brought in to hold the barrels.
We had the great pleasure of being joined by Scott Mann MP for North Cornwall. Mr Mann introduced himself and shared his great interest in real ale also being a member of the All Party Ale Group in Parliament. He had written to the Chancellor to reduce the beer duty and emphasised how pubs need our support to survive. Mr Mann talked about ACVs (Assets of community value), how business rates affect pubs and the amount of tax relief they receive.
We were also joined on the day by 18 members of the Jail Ale Appreciation Society, many of whom are also CAMRA members. Scott from Dartmoor brewery, the home of Jail Ale brought the members for a day out from as far away as Paignton, Plymouth and Teignmouth. I believe a good day was had by all, well I know I enjoyed myself.
On behalf of Cornwall CAMRA (Kernow) I would like to thank Steve and his team for once again the great hospitality we received, Scott Mann for taking the time out of what must be a very busy schedule to talk to us and all members and non-members who attended the day.
Sonia Bunce, Press Officer
- Campaigning Day to North Devon 4th June
Monday 20 June 2016
South West Region of CAMRA - 50 shades of grey campaigning Day to North Devon
50 shades of grey from South West Region of CAMRA went on a campaigning Day to North Devon. What a great day was had by all. The CAMRA members travelled from far and wide. There were members from Cheltenham, Bristol, North Devon, South Devon, Exeter, Somerset, Plymouth, Swindon, North-West Wiltshire, and of course Cornwall. Who met at Exeter train station on Saturday 4th June where a coach was waiting to take the members on a tour of North Devon.
The first stop on the agenda was Sticklepath which was home to two great pubs. The Devonshire Inn where real ales are served directly from a stillages at the back of the bar which are cooled by the Foundry Leat that runs outside. The Taw River Inn was the other pub in the village a 17th century manor house opposite Finch Foundry. There is also an arch that leads to Tom Cobley’s summerhouse and the Quaker burial ground.
At around 12.15 another coach joined the party (sorry “Campaigning Day”) from Bristol area. This meant that the number of CAMRA dramatically increased to around 85. What a great turnout.
There were two mini buses laid on at Sticklepath to ferry the members around the North Devon small windy roads to the other six pubs on our tour. The Kings Arms, South Zeal a thatched 14th century village local that was once a cider house. It has a large garden which overlooks farmland and has views over Dartmoor. The pub also host village events and Dartmoor folk festival.
The Oxenham Arms, South Zeal a beautiful building first listed in the 15th century and has been licensed since 1477. This extraordinary building also houses two prehistoric standing stones; it is said that when some people touch the stones they feel warm.
The Post Inn, Whiddon Down which is a 16th century inn with a lovely garden. The garden has stunning views of Dartmoor. The pubis situated just off the A30 close to Whiddon Down Travelodge and only a short walk from North Dartmoor.
The Railway Inn, North Tawton which is situated next to the former North Tawton railway station. It is known as ‘A proper job pub’ around the area as it is small and simple, yet a unique and characterful Devon country pub. There are lots of old station photos and memorabilia to look at.
The Red Lion, Exbourne which was accredited Branch Pub of the Year two years running in 2014 and 2015. The pub serves all the ales and ciders on gravity. This is a traditional Devon village local which does not have any hand pumps and the landlord refuses to serve draught lager. The pub is close to St Mary’s church which was built from granite in mainly c.1500 in date.
The Tors, Belstone is situated at the edge of Dartmoor village. The village pub is a well-known starting point for walkers of Dartmoor and also a welcoming resting place for walkers of Dartmoor. There are great views of Dartmoor from the pubs beer garden.
The mini buses were running members from pub to pub all day long, which we were all very grateful for. The regional and branch breweries supported our campaign by supplying all the pubs with a barrel of beer and the pubs generously gave us the beer at a very pleasing price. Not dissimilar to the 90’s I believe, have to ask the Regional Director about that?
The coaches left Sticklpath around six to head back to Exeter station and Bristol. A great day was had by all and a hugh thank you on behalf of Kernow CAMRA has to go out to the pubs for entertaining us, the breweries for their wonderful beer, the coaches, mini buses and drivers for their patience and all the organisers of the fantastic tour.
Sonia Bunce Press Officer Kernow CAMRA
- Branch Meetings & Key Events
Sunday 12 June 2016
Our next branch meeting will be at Hole in the Wall, Bodmin on Sat 25th June at 12.30. Come along if you can for the Pub of the Year Presentation, The Hole in the Wall Beer Festival and updates on Branch activities. We welcome updates and views from all members. Come along and have your say.
Protecting & Promoting Pubs
Promoting Real Ale, Cider and Perry
Cutting tax on Real Ale, Cider and Perry
Join us for
Pub Of the Year Presentations
Sat 25th June - Hole in the Wall, Bodmin - Pub of the Year
Sat 2nd July - Red Lion, Newquay - Cider Pub of the Year
Sat 9th July - Star Inn, Vogue - Rural Pub of the Year
Sat 6th August - Rebel Brewery, Penryn
Sat 20th August - Harbour Brewery, Bodmin
Sat 1st Oct - Lizard Brewery Visit, Lizard
Falmouth Beer Festival
20th - 22nd October - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
Pictures from the last Branch Meeting at Seiners Arm's, Perranporth
- Royal Cornwall Show
Thursday 9 June 2016
Royal Cornwall Show
Kernow CAMRA joined Cornwall Brewer’s Alliance at the Royal Cornwall Show on 9th - 11th June 2016.
This was the first year that Kernow CAMRA had the opportunity to go to the Royal Cornwall Show and are very grateful to the seven breweries that gave us space on the stand.
We were on stand 62 with Atlantic Brewery, Black Flag Brewery, Castle Brewery, Driftwood Spas Brewery, Keltek Brewery, Penpont/Firebrand Brewery and Rebel Brewing Company. The stand was set up with a bar to give away samples, stillage holding barrels of beer and lots of different bottles of beer. On our tables we had lots of issues of One and Ale, Kernow CAMRA tote bags, Kernow CAMRA hats and lots of other information regarding our campaign.
The stand was worked by volunteers who talked to the show goes about CAMRA and Cornwall Brewers Alliance. Lots of passers-by showed great interest in our campaign and took away application forms to read at their own leisure. The Cornish Breweries were giving away free samples of Cornish beer and lots of people were very happy to try some.
The event proved to be a great campaigning success with 20 new members signing up to join CAMRA. A big thank you has to go to all the volunteers for all the hard work they put in setting up and the stand and working the show.
We were also given the pleasure of being joined by Catseye Morris and Dartmoor Morris Dancers who danced lots of routines in front of the stand on Saturday afternoon. Thank you to all the dancers for coming to the stand and we hope you enjoyed the beer.
Plans are already in place to look at future events to continue our campaign and of course looking forward to next year at the Royal Cornwall Show.
Published by Sonia Bunce
- CAMRA Kernow Goes to Liverpool - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Monday 6 June 2016
Eight members of CAMRA Kernow sallied north to the CAMRA National AGM and Members' Weekend at the beginning of April. Rod and Maddie Davies, Jan and Gerry Wills, Lin and Pete Dopson, Rosemary and me. We met up with Chris Riley, who recently moved from Cornwall back to his home town of Liverpool, but is still a member of Cornwall Tasting Panel.
I won't bore you with the business of the AGM and Conference, but focus on the social side of the weekend. For a start, Rosemary and I arrived at the historic Lime Street Station looking for a dinner and found the Wetherspoon pub in the station, the North Western, ideal with predictable cheap prices. On to our abode, the palatial Adelphi Hotel .
Due to our train arrival time and the need to get dinner, book in the hotel, get to the AGM venue, the Liverpool Guild of Students, we were too late to go for one of the coach trips to breweries in the area. So Rosemary and I picked a guided walking tour of Locale pubs. After a false start due to a timing mix-up, we missed the first pub, the Augustus John in Peach Street .
We walked past Paddy's Wigwam , not a pub but big enough for a Wetherspoon's, to our first pub, the oddly-named Pen Factory in Hope Street , which was previously, yes, a pen factory. The Brimstage Oyster Catcher Stout was excellent (I like dark beers!).
On to Mackenzie's  in Rodney Street for a very excellent pint of Kitty Wilkinson from Liverpool Organic. This was a vanilla chocolate beer - a veritable liquid Easter egg. We didn't see Father Mackenzie himself either writing sermons or darning his socks.
Then the Grapes  in Roscoe Street, not to be confused with the other Grapes in Mathew Street. I had Rock the Boat Bootle Bull (where do they get these names - a load of bull?), a malty 3.8% at only £3.20 in the city centre. The Bridewell in Liverpool 1  has to be seen to be believed.
Up north, a bridewell is a prison or police lock-up. The cells where we drank are furnished somewhat better than when it was a bridewell but that is the only concession . My beer was Neptune Riptide, an unfined beer with toffee and caramel flavours, so slightly hazy but OK apart from the sparkler. That was it for Friday night apart from a quick final pint of mild in the Members' Bar. Lovely smoky flavour - Hophurst Campfire.
Saturday morning saw us striding up the long slope to the Guild again for the first tranche of AGM business. Sorry, no photos in the hall. We bumped into friends old and new, including for Steve meeting Richard Sanders, who was one of the other 11 members to undertake the 8-day expedition that was the Round England Beer Tasting Trip 1975. Beery holiday is a gross understatement!
In the evening, Chris Riley gave us a private conducted tour of his chosen Liverpool city centre pubs, and was also able to act as Scouse-English translator for us. His first choice was the Doctor Duncan  in St Johns Lane. For some unknown reason, our party turned round and came out without a drink. Shame, because it had Jennings beers, one of my favourite breweries.
So, on to the Ship & Mitre in Dale Street , somewhat obscured by the Scaffold(ing) . No Aintree Iron here but Facer's Mountain Mild was an excellent start to a hard day's night.
Next down Dale Street was the Latham Lounge in the Vernon Arms  where I had a pint of regular beer Boggart Hole Clough Rum Porter (bluddy 'ell) which was very good but I couldn't drink a second because I couldn't pronounce the name again.
We then went to the Lion Tavern in Moorfields, which is a stunning national heritage pub [13, 14].
The beer was good but I was so overwhelmed by the pub that I forgot to record what it was (umm...). The official group photo was in here . I remember passing the Thomas Rigby further down Dale Street  but can't remember whether we went in or if so what I had. I wondered if Thomas was related to Eleanor, a lonely person.
Next was the White Star in Iceberg Street, no, Rainford Gardens, a cracking heritage pub with a good range of beers. I chose the Moorhouse's White Witch but I would have preferred a Pendle Witches Brew. I could have had Titanic and got that sinking feeling but can't resist Moorhouse's beers. Excellent beer again and we bumped into the South Herts Branch contingent so a long exchange of news and memories ensued for Steve. Lastly, we ended up at the Bridewell again where I had Rock the Boat Mussel Wrack. I didn't attempt to utter the name but reverted to pointing at the pump. Much safer at that stage.
I am not quite sure how we got round, but on the way Chris pointed out the mouth of the Queensway Tunnel  where the motorbike chase was filmed in Harry Potter (look for the tyre marks on the roof). We also saw the Cavern Club, which involved negotiating the 'interesting' quarter of Mathew Street. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more.
Sunday saw the rest of the business and Rosemary and I joined an interesting workshop session on champion beer competitions. After a second visit to the North Western, we made the long train journey home. I can't see Bournemouth matching Liverpool for pubs somehow. Postscript: What a tragedy - I recently found out that seven days after our second visit the Bridewell closed! A stark reminder that pubs continue to close in Britain left, right and centre. By chance we were some of the last people to experience this unique pub.
- The Mild Month of May Campaigning Trip
Saturday 21 May 2016
Pictures From The Mild Month of May Campaigning Trip
The Blisland Inn
The Jamaica Inn
- Cider Champions 2016
Wednesday 11 May 2016
The cider year is really hotting up with this years national cider and perry 2016 champions being announced:
1st – Hardings 3 peace sweet
2nd – Dunkertons
3rd – Green valley
1st – Hartland
2nd – Burnards
3rd – Hecks
Also Keep an eye out for our Falmouth Festival winners around the county in our cider pubs
1st - Hecks
2nd - Double Vision
3rd - Touchwood
Simon Boarer of Double Vision cider with their Falmouth Festival Trophy
Don't forget to send your nominations for Cider Pub of the year to Lin Dopson ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@redic
- Cornwall CAMRA Pub, Club & Cider Pub of the Year.
Wednesday 27 April 2016
The winners of Cornwall Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA Kernow Pubs of the Year 2016 have been decided. Congratulations to the Star Inn, Vogue which won Rural Pub of the Year and The Hole in the Wall, Bodmin who won Town Pub of the Year. A massive congratulation to The Hole in the Wall as they won the overall title of Cornwall CAMRA Pub of the Year. The Hole in the Wall will now go forward to compete for CAMRA National Pub of the Year.
Please come and celebrate the winner’s successes with us.
25th June for a branch Meeting 12.30pm and then at 2pm the Pub of the Year Presentation at The Hole in the Wall, Bodmin
9th July at 12.30pm for a branch Social with a 2pm presentation at The Star Inn, Vogue
CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year considers all the criteria that makes a good pub. All CAMRA branches nationally choose their pub of the year which then gets entered into 16 regional competitions. Then the overall winner gets chosen for CAMRA’s National pub of the Year.
Now we need your support to choose next year’s Pubs of the Year. We are looking for pubs that serve excellent real ale, have a great atmosphere and is somewhere you feel welcomed. If you know a pub, nominate it by email to our pubs officer Rod Davies with your comments to support your recommendation. This will give us plenty of time to visit the pubs prior to judging in early 2017. Ensure they all get fighting chance at the coveted title.
This year we are also looking to award two more titles.
Firstly, the CAMRA Kernow Cider Pub of the Year. The best Cider pub in the county that serves focuses on serving smashing real cider with a great atmosphere, a place you enjoy spending time in. Lin Dopson our cider representative will take your nominations. This year’s accolade goes to the Red lion, Newquay for demonstrating an ongoing commitment to real cider.
Celebrate with us on the 2nd July at 12.00pm with a Branch Social and a 2pm presentation at The Red Lion, Newquay
Secondly, this year we would also like to recognise Clubs, as CAMRA Club of the Year Competition is growing rapidly as more clubs show great commitment to serve quality good conditioned real ale. Do you know a Club in Cornwall that allows free entry for CAMRA members? Do you feel that the Club is good enough to become Kernow CAMRA Club of the year or even the National CAMRA Club of the year? If you do and the Club serves top quality real ale, offers a fantastic atmosphere and welcoming surroundings. Then message us the details, they could be our first CAMRA Kernow Club of the Year.
We will be soon nominating pubs for 2018 Good Beer Guide. Do you know a real ale pub that you feel should go into the good beer guide? The selection for this guide is slightly different. We focus primarily on the sale of consistently well-conditioned real ale. The CAMRA www.WhatPub.com website helps the scoring process as it enables all CAMRA members nationwide to score the quality of ales they drink in pubs they visit. We urge every member to support those pubs they drink in by scoring their beer. It’s a simple 0-5 Score.
0. No cask ale available.
1. Poor. Beer is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
2. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.
3. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.
4. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition. You stay put!
5. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.
Nominations for Pub of the Year to Rod Davies ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@reciffosbup
Nominations for Cider Pub of the year to Lin Dopson ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@redic
Nominations for Club of the Year to Sonia Bunce ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@reciffosserp
- 2016 Cornwall CAMRA Branch AGM
Saturday 26 March 2016
Camra Kernow AGM was held at Skinners brewery in Truro on Saturday 26th March. There was a great turnout of over 60 members including our RD Gareth McDonald. All existing committee members produced reports which were openly discussed within the group. Clint O’Connor the existing Branch Chairman stated that he had only taken the role of Chairman for a year and would be standing down. Clint also wanted to thank Steve Skinner and all his team for once again hosting our AGM. There were new members elected on the committee and a lot of existing members remaining in their posts. The minutes including all reports are available on the website. There were great beers available and tasty pasties for lunch. All money spent over the bar was donated by Steve Skinner to CAMRA campaign.
- Urge your MP to back a 1p cut in Beer Duty
Wednesday 16 March 2016
We persuaded the Government to cut beer duty in the 2015 Budget for the third consecutive year. Despite these consecutive cuts, the UK is still paying the highest rate of beer duty of the top six brewing countries in the EU at 52.2 p per pint, compared to Germany which only pays 3.8 p per pint.
As we approach this year’s Budget on March 16, CAMRA is again calling on the Government to cut beer duty by a further 1p. We have commissioned the Centre for Economic and Business Research Ltd (Cebr) to produce a second report which identifies the benefits of a further cut in duty for pubs and the Industry.
This report has been sent to the Treasury, Government Ministers and MPs, and indicates that a further cut in duty and a subsequent freeze over the rest of the parliament would:
• Support the sale of an additional 1.3 billion pints by 2020
• Create an additional 13,000 jobs in bars and pubs across the UK
• Provide an additional £75 million of investment in the brewing industry by 2020
• Save just under 550 public houses from closure
Now is the time to speak up and tell the Government we need a fourth consecutive cut in beer duty and a freeze in beer duty for the remainder of Parliament.
How can you help?
So far over 4,000 of you have written to your MPs. If you haven’t yet done so, there is still time to and help make a difference.
Please write to your MP today, requesting they contact the Chancellor about this very important issue. You can easily use our e-lobbying page
Our continued success is down to you, so let’s make the 2016 Budget another one for beer drinkers.
Thank you for your support. With best wishes.
- The Wetherspoon South trip
Saturday 27 February 2016
What a great day was had by Kernow CAMRA members on our trip around the South of Cornwall Wetherspoon pubs.
We all made our way from around the county of Cornwall and met at The Tremenheere in Penzance. Where we were met by our hosts for the day Martin, the manager at Wetherspoon in Camborne and Dave, a manager from Penzance Wetherspoon. The Tremenheere is a traditional Wetherspoon pub on the main street of Penzance and close to the site of the 17th Century Tremenheere family mansion. As we entered the pub there was a large display showing details of the most recent beer festival. We were delighted to see the varied range of beers available for us to try. I would also like to mention that one of my favourite's was available Jail Ale from Dartmoor brewery alongside some local ales including Cornish Chough’s Cadgwith Crabber. We stayed at the pub for around an hour and were made to feel very welcome, then we left to get onto the coach that had been arranged by Wetherspoon to pick us all up and to take us on to our next location, The Hain Line in St Ives.
Part of the upstairs of The Hain Line had been reserved for our group and to our delight the brewer from Exmoor brewery had four boxes of beer for us to try including Ale, Gold, their seasonal beer Antler and Beast which I also like, however not too much early in the day. Ryan the manager of The Hain Line had arranged for us all to have fish burgers and chips for lunch which was very nice and went well with the Exmoor beers. In 1850s Captain Edward Hain build a small fleet of sailing ships and the premises of the new Hain Line Wetherspoon was once Hain shipping office and Hain estate office.
After lunch we got back on the coach to travel to the John Francis Bassett, Camborne. This is a very large, open plan, impressive pub in the centre of Camborne. Camborne is best known as a centre for the former Cornish tin and copper mining industry which is the theme of the pub. Camborne and Redruth district became the richest mining area in the world in the late 18th century. This was also once the old Berkeley Centre club where I frequented occasionally in my younger days and the building has Grade 11 listed status. Again there was a great range of beers available including a selection from Harbour, Sharps, Cornish Crown and Conwy Breweries. The manager generously gave us a complementary beer from the vast range.
We then moved on to our next location and the newest addition to the Wetherspoon family The Coinage Hall, Helston. The pub is spread over several levels with an impressive staircase and fire place at the back of the building. There is also a large outside area at the top of the building, great for the summer which is on its way! We were again looked after by the Wetherspoon staff with a complimentary beer of our choice and friendly service from Neil a manager, who also took the time to show us around the building.
The Falmouth Packet in Falmouth was our next stop and it is conveniently positioned opposite the main bus station and a great place for the coach to stop. Again great beers available including Granite Rocks, Bronescombe’s Vision and we were given a pint of Exmoor Ale. It was great to see a map of the Wetherspoon pubs in Cornwall which also showed the CAMRA and Locale logos. This is again an impressive granite building split over two levels. In 1688 Falmouth become a packet station for the post office and port for handling overseas mail.
Our last stop on our Weatherspoon's day out was the Try Dower, Truro and Truro is the old Cornish word for three rivers. We were treated to dinner with lots of sharer platters and Paninis with chips and dips. The Try Dower is located close to the centre of Truro and opposite the bus station which is a must for all us CAMRA members as we heavily rely on public transport to get us around Cornwall.
We were very grateful for the generosity of Wetherspoon team for a well organised and enjoyable day, on behalf of all Kernow CAMRA members who attended we would like to say thank you very much.