In 1997, Steve Skinner left Jersey and landed on the banks of the Truro River with a dream of building a family-owned brewery at the heart of the Cornish community.
To get the ball rolling, he and his family brewed what was at the time a ground-breaking golden ale and named it after the tin-mining faeries of local myth. Cornish Knocker was followed by another legendary brew called Betty Stogs, which CAMRA named Britain’s Best Bitter in 2008.
Beers such as Porthleven Golden Ale, Lushingtons Pale and an English Pale Ale brewed in collaboration with nearby River Cottage have all followed and are the ultimate accompaniment to fish and chips, invariably to be enjoyed in the British summertime rain.
Until recently, Skinner’s had got a bit of stick for their outdated and, some might say, childish branding. The main culprits featured puns about ginger hair and “knockers”. So full credit to them for taking that criticism on board and implementing a tasteful rebrand in 2016 that celebrates their heritage and everything that is great about Cornwall.
22 years after being founded, their most recent expansion has made Skinner’s one of the South-West’s leading independent breweries. Stuart Hughes, Sales Manager at Skinner’s introduces their recently launched Sennen;
“Sennen Cove’s crystal clear waters and inviting Atlantic swell make it a popular spot with tourists, surfers and locals alike. Its charming harbour dotted with fishing boats, and the long stretch of golden sand make it a prime spot for alfresco feasts. Sennen is a session strength IPA with zesty notes of lemon and pineapple enhanced with the bittersweet kick of pink grapefruit. By dry hopping the pale ale during fermentation stage, we have created a brew with great hop intensity and flavour. An ideal companion to fresh crab, proper pork pies and barbecue chicken.”
Skinner’s beers have become as synonymous with Cornwall as pasties and aggressive seagulls and Stuart explains that, regardless of how much more they grow, their approach won’t change;
“Skinner’s remains a family business rooted in the area we live and work, whether that’s doing our bit for our corner of the planet, enjoying a bit of surfing or having a go at some shanty-singing after work”.
You can buy some of Skinner’s other beers in our new online shop.