Cornwall Living 2018

News from the bar

Big plans afoot for Ales of Scilly

Back in 2001, Mark Praeger launched Ales of Scilly. Designed more as a retirement hobby than a business, things simply went from strength to strength.

16 years later, Jen Trevithick took the business on, becoming the first female brewer on the islands (or Brewster, to use the correct term!) and now, the team has big plans to extend the brewery’s reach into the UK!

All ales produced at the microbrewery are named after ships that foundered on the rocks surrounding the isles, including Association, Schiller, Challenger and TW Lawson. In keeping with this maritime theme, each cask is rolled down the beach to the waiting gigs, as is the tradition, before being transferred to a sailing lugger, The Grayhound, and shipped to Cornwall.

So, cheers! Here’s to putting Ales of Scilly on the map.

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St Ives Cider claims world gold!

From humble beginnings, St Ives Cider now offers a true taste of Cornwall to cider lovers throughout the UK. Meeting owner David Berwick at Kirthenwood Orchard, it’s clear that he loves roaming the Cornish countryside with his mobile press, seeking new orchards and producing limited edition cider from his findings. It’s at Kirthenwood House, however, owned by Lorraine and Chris Parker, that St Ives Cider has really made its mark. Here, there are more than 27 different kinds of apple tree, combining to form Kirthenwood Heritage – the Gold award-winning cider at this year’s World Cider Awards. David tells us: “Having started in 2012, it’s incredible to be up there with some of the biggest names in the industry!” So, if you’re a cider drinker, keep an eye out for Kirthenwood Heritage. As David says: “It’s a lovely drop!”

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Fowey Valley Cider ranks 4th in top ten British ciders!

Famous for its Champagne cider, Fowey Valley Cider has enjoyed a recent run of success, scooping a Taste of the West Gold award for Castledore – an easy drinking light summer cider which has also been ranked in the top ten British ciders by  the Independent!

Castledore has been going down a storm, but it’s not just cider the Fowey Valley has become loved for, with a delicious range of cider vinegars and cider brandies on offer, too!

Starting out in 2015 brewing cider for himself, word soon got out that Barrie Gibson was onto something with his unique recipe. Now, with its headquarters just a short distance from Fowey, the Fowey Valley team are able to supply stockists all over Cornwall!

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Rave reviews for Cornish distiller, Curio

Specialising in using natural botanicals to create a sublime sipping experience via its craft spirits, Curio is a Cornish micro-distillery that competes on a global stage, recently scooping two Gold Awards at the 2017 Global Gin Masters! In addition to this, the company also found itself among a handful of top tier winners at the Great Taste Awards 2017 – dubbed the world’s most coveted food awards – for it’s Cardamom Vodka, described by judges as ‘simply delicious’.

Being adventurous and innovative, the distillers have now created The Cornish Cup – a punch designed to captivate curious connoisseurs of fine liquors all over the UK, handmade with their Mullion Dry Gin, Assam tea, chai spices and local Cornish honey.

So, if you’re a lover of liquors, be sure to
keep an eye out for Curio’s striking bottles
in shops throughout the UK, now also recognisable via the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label!

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