Firebrand, Graffiti IPA
Firebrand Brewing, the sister brewery of Penpont Brewery, is based in a converted milking parlour at Trenarrett Farm on the outskirts of Launceston in North Cornwall.
Both Firebrand and Penpont were founded by the industrious little whipper snapper that is Joe Thomson. He was working in a pub back in 2008 when he persuaded local farmer Stephen Medlicott to partner with him to launch Penpont Brewery. At 21 years old Joe became the youngest head brewer in the country. A few years later he became one of (at that time) only thirty-six beer sommeliers in the world.
In September 2013, Joe then teamed up with school friend and beer festival organiser Chris Hassall to launch the Beer Cellar bottled beer shop in Truro, and a bar of the same name in Exeter. In 2014 he launched Firebrand Brewing to brew the kind of more adventurous craft beers he liked to drink. Joe’s brother Eddie is his partner and head chef at Firebrand Bar & Restaurant which opened just up the road later in the year to combine their love for modern craft beer and great Cornish BBQ.
Phew. A busy bunny that Joe. A Cornish food and drink empire seemingly beckons.
The beers are darn good too. “We’re not afraid to experiment with exciting styles, like our Belgian farmhouse-style Black Saison which is brewed like an English stout” explains Joe.
On to this week’s beer then. We’ll let him introduce it… “Graffiti IPA, our flagship beer, has been doused with praise by everyone from FHM to the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). Taking its smooth, malty body from the finest English malt, Graffiti is hopped profusely with Cascade and Centennial hops. It’s then dry hopped with bags of Centennial and Motueka to give it a fruity flavour with an instant quaffability. As perfect with a beach barbecue as it is in a city bar after a hard day at work”.