I am a regular visitor to the wilds of Cornwall and while down for a wedding some weeks past I grabbed a few bottles from Bodmin Moor based Penpont; a brewery I had been meaning to try.
Though a special mention must go out to the lack of functioning brain cells of the staff at the Spar in Rock.
While giving custom to the aforementioned establishment I was stood at the front of the queue (can you call it a queue when it’s only you?), my arms full of essential shopping (scones, clotted cream, etc.), waiting as two people at the tills served a customer each.
One would think a simple sounding procedure and straight forward enough, ah but no. Somehow through a complex level of bumbling and mind numbing faffery I was made to wait almost 10 minutes.
Now I came very close to dumping my overpriced thimble of local strawberry jam et all and storming out in protest. But as I tried to contain my gurgling urbanite rage my eyes fell upon the booze shelves and scanning for a welcome distraction I spied the nicely packaged Cornish Arvor and Roughtor.
Eventually, I was in fact served and left with said bottles nestled in my canvas tote.
Here’s what I thought…
Cornish Arvor Amber Ale weighing in at 4% abv and getting its name from a type of boat common on the seas around north west Cornwall, is lovely bright bronze.
A thin wispy head gave off notes of kelp and sweet ripe orchard fruit.
I really enjoyed the fresh texture underlaid with stone fruit and an herbaceous finish.
Solid and very pleasant session ale which I would happily drink with roast chicken or some of Rick Stein’s (reassuringly expensive) fish and chips.
Roughtor is classed as a well hopped amber ale and had the look of dark leather.
Lovely thick soapy head that popping with aromas of nuts, raisin loaf, blossom honey and vegetable oil.
The palate starts creamy then finishes tart. Clean, herbaceous and dry with flavours of subtle apricot and peach then ending with savoury bay leaf.
Sitting comfortably at 4.7% avb this is a tasty www.casinoscapital.com/casino-games-guide/roulette/tips beer and one I think would go superbly with roast beef and yorkshire pud or some nice nutty hard cheeses.
So two good beers from Penpont Brewery and I have bad service to thank for it.