Brewing started in January 2013 in a converted surf shower, testing out recipe ideas. The equipment was tiny (just 100 litres) but still too big for the 4-foot square space; only one person could get in at a time. If you weren’t inside you were out, and if it rained you just got wet. Something had to give. We moved out of the surf shower into an industrial unit on the outskirts of Padstow, and moved up to a custom-built brewery. When Padstow IPA won two awards later that year at the Falmouth Beer Festival, we knew we were on to something.
After leaving the old surf shower for our current, 2000 litre brewery, in 2014 our branding and design work was rewarded with a SIBA award for Best Total Design Concept. We remain proud of our unique, timeless branding to this day.
The workload was now too much for the husband-and-wife team, so we took on our first employee, Stewart.
More awards followed, as we expanded our range to include new and exciting beers such as Sundowner which took home the Champion Beer Award from Taste of the West.
To keep up with the demand, the team rapidly expanded, taking on George as lead-brewer, Tammy in sales and Simon doing cask-washing and delivering. We also added a fourth fermenter to enable more brewing, and the ability to produce kegged products. We also opened our first Tasting Room on Broad Street in Padstow.
After doing some experimental canning runs in 2017, 2018 was the year when we fully committed to canning, with some fantastic results. We launched our series of seasonal brews, each featuring artwork from Falmouth university students creating truly eye-catching products. Padstow Pilsner, re-invented in can, won Best Beer at the Great British Food Awards against some stiff competition.
Growth continued apace, and we spent the winter squeezing a fifth fermenter into the brewhouse so that we could keep up. We exported our first beers to Europe, and attended the Metz Beer Festival in October. Our beers are diverse in styles and critically acclaimed. Our 500th Brew was celebrated with an Imperial Stout!
Although 2020 wasn't the year anyone had planned, we adapted our operation during the numerous lockdowns and restrictions and still managed to release award winning beers as well as opening our new Tasting Room on Duke Street in Padstow! We remain truly grateful to the hundreds of you who bought our products online to enjoy at home, and kept us in business.
2021 saw Simon and Ricky take over the brewing reigns, and experiment with new styles including a Dunkel, a Baltic Porter and Helles Lager. Cold Desert, our Baltic Porter, narrowly missed a national gold in its category at BeerX. Our two Tasting Rooms enjoyed a record breaking summer offering a wonderful range of food alongside our craft beer offering and we ended the year brewing a DIPA with the mighty Verdant
Despite a challenging economic year, we continued to excel, and invested in a brand-new canning line from Microcan as we continue to put all our energy into making our beers as good as we can make them. We also found time to attend BeerX, BrwLdn and create two excellent collabs with The Park Brewery from South-West London
2023 Although still young, 2023 has already seen us invest in new brewery management software, revisit and refresh our long term relationship with the Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, and brew an exciting collaborative beer with Heist Brewery! We turn 10 years old in April, and we can't wait to celebrate it with you!