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, who remains with us today.
More awards followed, as we expanded to 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.
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 continues apace, and we spent the winter squeezing a new 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. We are hoping 2021 gives us the freedom to enjoy beer in more social situations once again.