Cornwall LivingIssue #150

Tasteful and Considerate Expansion

From small beginnings, Bluntrock Brewery has gained much acclaim for its small-batch, high quality beers, brewed just a few miles from the north Cornish coast.

Here you’ll find George and Hugo, a modern brewer and craft beer enthusiast who joined forces to open a nanobrewery and taproom, with the goal to share their passion for world class beer. Built out of second-hand shipping containers, the Taproom opened its doors in spring 2021 on the north Cornish coast, with brewing beginning the following winter. Serving their beers on-site affords Hugo and George complete control over the quality of their beers, giving a guarantee that the beer will always be in prime condition when it’s served.

Taking up the story Hugo explains, “We use modern brewing techniques, pure Cornish water from our borehole, traditional English malts, a range of English, European, American and New Zealand hops, fresh liquid yeasts and a range of local fruits and plants in our special brews. All of these ingredients go to create the delicious and diverse beers that you can enjoy in our taproom. And soon enough you’ll be able to enjoy them further afield!”

Such has been the success of Bluntrock’s stable of beers that Hugo and George have just announced that they will be expanding into a new, state of the art brewery some ten times the size of their existing one, but literally just down the road. The new brewery will not only allow them to grow their incredible community, but to achieve new heights of innovation and quality in their brewing techniques. “The expansion, which has included investment in progressive technology, also helps us to continue to operate in the most sustainable, inclusive and honest way possible. These progressive systems include CO2 recovery, solar power and an onsite bore hole, all of which pull us closer to net zero. It’s worth adding that we will be the very first brewery in Cornwall to have a CO2 recovery system installed. We are going to aim for a B-Corp certification within the first two years of our expansion, as well as working with Zevero, a leading carbon accounting firm, to monitor the carbon emissions of our supply chains, processes and finished beers.”

Two new brewers joined the team this spring, giving Bluntrock a combined brewing experience of over 20 years. Hazy pale ales, IPAs, unfiltered lagers and traditional cask ales will be made in the new brewery, while the smaller brewing kit on the Taproom site will be reserved for monthly explorative special brews and recipe development.

The vibrant container taproom in St Minver will continue to act as a place for the Bluntrock team to share their passion for fresh, diverse styles of beer, and also to continue to host its hugely popular live music events with a focus on jazz, blues and groovy vinyl nights. An exciting selection of street food trucks including local favourites Dank Franks, Fat Pepper and Sourdoughlicious will be back at the Taproom over the summer. Here’s to a more sustainable brewing future, with a glass full of joy from Bluntrock Brewery!