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Harbour Brewing, Pale

In 2011, over a pint in a Padstow pub, Rhys Powell and Eddie Lofthouse started hatching a plan to open their own brewery. It was the only thing the two of them could dream and talk about, apart from the only other love in their life; surfing. 

Rhys had studied Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, and was at the time a brewer at Sharp’s Brewery in Rock, North Cornwall. Eddie had been running the family business, The Atlantic Hotel and Doom Bar in New Polzeath, just across the bay. So they knew how to make good beer and they knew how to sell it. Good start.

The next thing they needed was a name. They didn’t need to think too hard. After a quick glance out of the window at the fishing boats bobbing gently away, they settled on the name of the Harbour Brewing Company.

Then they headed inland to Bodmin, which is about as far from the sea as you can get in Cornwall. From here they can’t see the sea, but they do have access to pure, unadulterated Cornish spring water which flows in to a state of the art brewing facility that was designed in California, and built in Hungary.

It has been a busy couple of years since launching in 2012. With the majority of their excellent core range now available in Sainsbury’s and Booths, a smattering of smaller, more special brews are causing waves too, although too often they’re almost impossible to get your hands on them.

This week’s Pale is our favourite from that aforementioned core range. An abundance of US hops throw out an aroma of pineapple and mangos, whilst some sweet digestive biscuit like malts balance and smooth the bitterness out on the palate. A kick of citrus makes a fleeting appearance before a nice, moderately bitter, fresh finish. Lovely job.

We couldn’t sign off without mentioning that label design either. By the folks at A-side studio in Falmouth it’s striking, moody and elegant, with a nice little Cornish myth about a moody albatross thrown in for good measure. This is beer branding at its very best. The beer inside is even better.





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