Penzance Brewing Company was established in 2008 at The Star Inn, Crowlas, near Penzance, Cornwall, by Pete Elvin (pictured right). Former head brewer at the well-known Cotleigh Brewery, in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, Pete purchased The Star — a former Ushers pub on the main A30 — in 1999.
Initially providing up to six handpumps of regularly changing guest ales from around the UK, The Star is now the tap for the Penzance Brewing Company, a five-barrel brewery at the rear of the pub.
Three regular beers — Crowlas Bitter, a 3.8% ABV standard bitter, Potion No 9, a golden 4.% session ale, and Brison’s Bitter, a 4.5% best bitter — are brewed, and there have been several one-offs and seasonals.
Potion No 9 won its first major award in the autumn of 2009, named best golden beer at the Falmouth Beer Festival, organised by the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. It was runner-up best Cornish beer at the festival. At this year’s event it was the first beer to sell out.
The Star is currently Cornwall CAMRA pub of the year (2013) and has held the title twice before, in 2007 and 2008.
A selected few pubs are supplied in Cornwall, and the beers are occasionally seen as guests in out-of-county pubs and at beer festivals around the country. But most of the output is reserved for the Star, where demand is very keen!