Awards from Cornwall and Salisbury for pub and brewery


Peter Elvin with Emma Blewett, a member of his bar team, and the awards

The plaudits keep coming at the Star Inn, Crowlas, home of the Penzance Brewing Co, with owner and brewer Peter Elvin receiving two new awards from different branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Firstly, he picked up the award for 2013 Cornwall pub of the year, which was presented by Cornwall CAMRA chairman, Norman Garlick. He visited the pub with a crowd of fellow members keen to toast the success of the Star as a venue and, most importantly, for the quality of beer.

The win means the pub now goes forward to the shorlist for south west pub of the year, pending an incognito inspection by a group of CAMRA members from another branch within the region.

Scillonian Peter, modest as ever and a man of few words, said “We do what we do” as he accepted the award.

The Star has become a popular community hub in Crowlas since Peter bought and re-opened the former Ushers house in 1999. In 2008 he started brewing in premises behind the pub, and the beers have gained an enormous following, not just in Cornwall but around the country, too.

The second award, indeed, recognised the quality of the ale, being a prize for runner-up beer of the festival at Salisbury CAMRA’s Winterfest earlier this year. This award, for golden beer, Trink, was presented by a Salisbury member who was on holiday in Cornwall and able to drop the certificate in personally.

Scilly Stout wins at Tewkesbury


Scilly Stout, Penzance’s Brewing Co’s 7% ABV dark and delicious treat, was named beer of the festival at Tewkesbury CAMRA’s winter event last month, and today the certificate was handed over to brewer Pete Elvin at his Star Inn, Crowlas.

Making the presentation on behalf of Tewkesbury CAMRA was member Gareth Hill, on holiday in Cornwall with his wife.

The festival award is decided by a vote of drinkers, and Scilly Stout was a very clear winner, said Gareth.

The very deep red, practically black stout has a huge list of ingredients, include Crsytal, pale and black malts, torrefied flake barley and Soveriegn, Northdown, Fuggles and Amarillo hops. It’s left in cask for three months before it goes out to the drinking public.