Cornwall has a wealth of brilliant breweries, making everything from hop-heavy IPAs and lagers to traditional bitters and milk stouts.
While the bigger breweries based in the Duchy (St Austell, Sharps) do us really proud on the national stage, the smaller brewers are the ones to discover when beer o’clock chimes in Kernow.
So, wherever you are enjoying Cornwall’s famous ‘golden hour’ this summer, we’ve found a hyper-local brewery just for you. Enjoy!
St Ives Brewery is famous for its original session ale, Boilers, but has grown into a multifacted brewery producing a range of beers inspired by life in St Ives. Porth Pilsner for example is a dry-hopped pale ale designed to refresh, while Alba is a rugged and intense IPA with a fruity richness.
The best place to enjoy one of these modern classics is the fully licensed Brewhouse Cafe, which has stunning views over St Ives.
The Driftwood Spars Brewery in St Agnes perfectly bridges the gap between traditional British brewing and the current rage for hop-heavy craft beer. This coastal microbrewery produces a core range of bottle and cask beers, and Cove – four contemporary canned beers with eye-catching labels.
The best place to enjoy these hand-crafted beers which use top quality British ingredients, is The Driftwood Spars – the fabulous brewpub just across the road!
Based in Falmouth, Verdant have a huge following with craft beer lovers and are famous for their hoppy, hazy ultra-modern creations. You’ll find a selection of Verdant beers at good independent outlets across Cornwall and beyond.
Verdant beers are a perfect match for the fish tacos, loaded crab chips and awesome fish finger buttys you’ll find at their Seafood Bar in Falmouth.
Skinner’s Brewery is a real Cornish favourite, makers of award-winning amber ale Betty Stogs as well as the much-loved Porthleven pale ale and Lushingtons IPA.
Based in Newham, Truro, the brewery was brought back from the brink of disaster following Covid-19 by a phenomenal Crowdfunder campaign. As a result Skinner’s beers can still be enjoyed in good pubs across Cornwall, including the brewery tap, The Old Ale House.
The Cornish Crown microbrewery overlooks St Michael’s Mount in the far west of Cornwall. Here Founder Josh Dunkley and his team make a range of small batch, hop-forward beers using the finest ingredients. The new, canned range (look for them in good independent beer shops) is proving a big success.
However, the best place to enjoy a freshly pulled pint is at the brewery tap. The Crown is a much-loved neighbourhood pub in Penzance, and one of the best real ale haunts in the South West.
Harbour Brewing is based on a farm at Lanivet near Bodmin, a location which has given this aspiring operation space to expand, making the most of fresh spring water to brew beers using a unique blend of hops.
Enjoy a pint of Harbour’s freshest brews at The Atlantic, Polzeath or, coming soon Harbour Brewing at what was the St Tudy Inn.
Firebrand Brewing is another brand with a growing cult-following amongst modern beer fanatics. The brewery started life in a converted old milking parlour on the edges of Bodmin Moor, but recently upgraded to a flashy new site in nearby Launceston.
At Firebrand the hard-working team produce a huge array of beer styles, putting the same amount of joy and love into everything from hazy IPAs to Imperial Milk Stout. Look out for Firebrand at good independent bottle shops across Cornwall.
Padstow Brewing Co. is a microbrewery where every batch is handcrafted with great attention to detail. There’s three ranges – core, seasonal and speciality – so every beer lover will find something to enjoy.
The brewery’s Tasting Room is a popular destination in central Padstow. The knowledgable team will talk you through all the latest releases, and it’s a great place to try new seasonal brews.
Black Flag Brewery is a North coast brewery and taproom, with an eclectic take on brewing a wide range of global beer styles. From hoppy IPAs to classic British bitters, Black Flag beers are well-worth seeking out.
At the Tap Room you can enjoy the freshest beers in a constantly rotating selection. Locals have their own Growler to take home – the brewery charges a deposit and will clean and refill it as many times as you like!
We hope you enjoyed this round-up of the many great breweries here in Cornwall. And, if you’re planning on stocking up for a barbecue, make sure you have the Cornish food goods to match too!