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7 Cornish beers to cool off with on National Beer Day

Sun's out, it's National Beer Day (15 June) and Father's Day is fast approaching. From old favourites to the newest launches, here’s our round up of the best beers from Cornwall’s breweries both large and nano, and where to head to quaff them.

Wavehunter Helles Lager, Harbour Brewing Co

Available on draught, in 330ml Cans & 330ml Bottles, the new Wavehunter Helles lager from Harbour is 4.5% A multi award winning Helles Lager, brewed with Lager malts and the noble Saaz hop. Herbal, lemon and fresh grain aromas, with a light, crisp, elegantly brisk and dry finish.

Where to drink it: Atlantic Bar & Kitchen at Polzeath Beach House or St Tudy Inn, St Tudy

This is the view from the Atlantic Bar & Kitchen, just above Polzeath beach, where you’ll find not just the Helles lager but all of the Harbour range on draught as well as in cans. On the menu alongside are extra large sharing pizzas as well as Italian inspired dishes and handmade pastas.

Lightbulb Extra Pale Ale, Verdant Brewing Co

As pale as a 100W light bulb, but as juicy as an IPA. Lightbulb is Verdant’s most popular Pale Ale – at 4.5% it is session-able, quenching and totally addictive. Biscuity malt base with a hint of sweetness all drenched in fruity and dank hops.

Where to drink it: Verdant Tap Room, Penryn, Falmouth

Verdant Taproom is situated right next to the brewery and is offering super fresh beer, direct from the source. Behind the bar, you’ll find 16 draught lines and 4 cask lines to choose from, along with some local ciders, carefully selected spirits & wines and premium soft drinks. On top of that, the kitchen is offering truly authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas. Couple all of this with live music, DJ nights, films or even exhibitions.

Shorebreak Alcohol Free Hazy Pale, Firebrand Brewing Co

Just launched by Firebrand Brewing Co, Shorebreak Alcohol Free Hazy Pale is the perfect drink for those who like their beer without the hangover. Bursting with mango and lemongrass flavours, this clean and refreshing beer is great for any occasion. Brewed with Simcoe, Citra and Cascade for a welcoming bitterness alongside tropical fruit flavour, Shorebreak is perfect whether you’re the driver or just taking a break from booze.

Where to drink it: This one is so new that it is not yet stocked in pubs or bars, so this is one to pack for the picnic location of your choice, the outdoor theatre, the beach or just a refreshing after work bevvie that isn’t going to give you a hangover.

Offshore Pilsner, Sharp’s Brewery

Offshore Pilsner, launched in 2018, is inspired by Cornwall’s passion for surfing and those rare moments when the wind turns offshore, creating perfectly clean waves. This award winning 4.8% Pilsner, brewed at Sharp’s Brewery  in Rock, north Cornwall, has a herbal lemon aroma and clean fruit notes. The finish is brisk and refreshing leaving a dry citrus linger, perfect for summer socialising.

Where to drink it: The Foxes Revenge, Summercourt, Newquay

This beautiful 400 year old pub set in the Carvynick Estate near Newquay was taken over by owners Ben and Evie in 2020 (ex Fifteen at Watergate Bay and The Longstore) and has quickly established itself as a must-visit place, as well as being a Muddy awards finalist this year. You’ll find Offshore on the menu along with other Sharp’s drinks — and you’ll also find Offshore at a number of festivals across the Duchy including Rock Oyster, The Wyldes and events at Lusty Glaze.

Pagan Juice Pale Ale, Bluntrock Brewery

This 5% hazy pale has a clean bitterness, soft mouthfeel and an intense citrus, pine hop aroma and is brewed on site in the bright yellow containers at independent Nanobrewery, Bluntrock.

Where to drink it: Bluntrock Taproom, Higher Pityme Industrial Estate, Rock

From brewery to consumption in about four paces – try your Pagan Juice alongside food from a local food truck which parks up in the brewery’s beer garden at weekends – you can’t miss it between the bright yellow containers. Don’t fancy Pagan Juice, try one of the other seven taps to choose from behind the bar, along with other local ciders & wines, soft drinks, or other bottled and canned beers from craft breweries around the UK.

Blue Hills, Driftwood Spars Brewery

The Driftwood Spars is a microbrewery and brewpub in Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes and 4% Blue Hills was the very first beer brewed under the guiding hand of Louise Treseder – Landlady of the famous brewpub of the same name. Named after the vintage car race ‘The Land’s End Trial’ which takes place on the ‘Blue Hills’ behind the Driftwood Pub, this popular handcrafted ale is a taste of summer in St Agnes. A light, sessionable beer with a big hop profile, it’s perfect for sunny afternoons in the Cliffside Beer Garden over the road…

Where to drink it: Cliffside Beer Garden, The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes

With travelling distance calculated in feet rather than ‘beer miles’, this is arguably the best destination for lovers of small-batch beer anywhere on the Cornish coast. In the summer the Cliffside Beer Garden is the hottest seat in town.

Lushingtons Sunshine IPA, Skinner’s Brewery

This thirst-quenching, zesty 4.2% IPA was inspired by those endless summer moments with friends – which is when the Cornish crowd reach for the Lushies. Expect bitter-sweet notes of lime, mango and lychee, a slight creaminess and a hint of juicy strawberry. This delivers sunshine-ready levels of refreshment!

Where to drink it: The Tap Yard Bar, Skinner’s Brewery, Truro

Skinner’s is one of Cornwall’s most iconic brands. In 2021 the brewery reopened to the public with an airy outdoor space which is rapidly becoming the place to be in Truro. Acoustic sessions, visiting street food trucks and rugby matches on the big screen provide plenty of excuses to visit – aside from the great beer of course…

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