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Cornwall's beer boom: Darren Norbury names his top Cornish brews

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: April 12, 2014

Staff at Skinners Brewery with their beers

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Cornwall is experiencing a beer boom, with almost 30 breweries now producing their own tipples across the county.

The biggest and best-known of these Cornish producers is St Austell Brewery, which was first opened in 1851.

But over the past few years, dozens have sprung up across Cornwall, producing some fine craft ales.

Several pubs, such as the Blue Anchor at Helston, the Star Inn at Crowlas, the Driftwood Spars at St Agnes and the Crown in Penzance, have their own breweries.

Other entrepreneurs have set up breweries independently, such as the St Ives Brewing Company, which is soon to open in a public toilet in the town.

To celebrate the start of the holiday season, we asked Cornwall beer expert Darren Norbury to name his top ten beers.

He said: "Being asked for a top ten of Cornish beers is never easy for me. That’s why there’s 12 here! (sorry, Ed).

"We have an embarrassment of riches these days, with 29 breweries in operation here at the last count. My top ten, hopefully, offers variety, both of beers and brewers, and is a selection – in no particular order – from my personal list of go-to brews at the time of writing.

"It may change next week – that’s the joy of the current beer scene."

Here's Darren's top 12:

Atlantic Brewery: Porter

Coastal Brewery: Zeus IPA

Cornish Chough Brewery: Fire Raven

Cornish Crown Brewery: Causeway

Driftwood Spars: Lewsey Lou’s

Harbour Brewing Co: IPA

Padstow Brewing Co: IPA

Penzance Brewing Co: Potion No 9

Rebel Brewing Co: Mexicocoa

Sharp’s Brewery: Cornish Pilsner

Skinner’s Brewery: Pennycomequick

St Austell Brewery: Proper Job

Tintagel Brewery: Harbour Special

Darren Norbury is editor of British beer news website beertoday.co.uk and lives in Hayle.

We've listed Darren's choices plus some other popular brews for you to vote on in our poll on the right.

Vote now and let us know what's Cornwall's most popular beer.

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  • VictoriaCor  |  April 13 2014, 8:31PM

    Penpont Brewery. Any, but particularly Shipwreck Coast and Creation

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  • notfascist  |  April 13 2014, 10:40AM

    Some great brews on the list but only one mention for Skinners, one of our finest breweries! Surely Heligan Honey and Betty Stogs should at least get a mention!

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