Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Star Inn 10th anniversary

The tenth anniversary of The Star re-opening under new owner Peter Elvin was celebrated with a toast from regulars and a presentation from the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

When Pete bought the premises in 1999 the pub had been closed, with owner Ushers selling off its estate. Since then it has gone on become a hugely popular drinker's pub, with the emhpasis on an ever-changing range of five or six real ales. And, of course, these days a majority of those beers are from the brewery at the back of the pub, run under the name of The Penzance Brewing Company. This is a true community village pub, where conversation reigns - no sports screens or loud music here.

The CAMRA presentation, incidentally, was to mark Potion No 9's success at Falmouth Beer Festival, where it won the golden beers class and was runner-up champion Cornish beer. Pete is pictured below with the certificates.


Saturday, 4 July 2009

Penzance Brewing Co anniversary

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Star licensee and Penzance Brewing Company brewer Pete Elvin takes pride in the six PZBC beers on the bar last night

The first anniversary of the Star Inn becoming a brewpub, with the addition of the Penzance Brewing Company, is being celebrated with six PZBC beers on the bar at once.

It's quite a range, too - definitely something for everybody. For brown beer lovers there's the popular permanent brew Crowlas Bitter (3.8% ABV), a very well balanced, slightly fruity and nutty session beer, and the new 4.4% Best Bitter, which is a bit maltier with some chocolate overtones that come from the brown malt.

Potion No 9 (4%) is the other permanent brew, a golden session ale with a citrus (grapefruit?) finish that really refreshes on a hot summer day, and there is also a re-appearance of a past special, Lodestar (4.2%) which bangs in a bit more flavour ad has matured nicely in the cellar since it was last unleashed upon the thirsty Crowlas crowd.

Now to the top of the shop, the real talking points of this event. Lamorna Gold (6.3%) would give Martson's Old Empire, a great IPA, a run for its money any day. It's also been on at the famous Bhurtphore Inn Beer Festival, at Aston near Crewe, this week, where it got a similar rapturous reception. This is a very smooth, full flavoured brew, with a bit of sweetness that then bitters out into a satisfying fruity (orange peel?) finish. Deceptively drinkable.

And then there's the 7% Scilly Stout. Clever name, clever beer. It's got a huge shopping list of ingredients (see tasting notes below), and yet they work so well together to create an excellent, smooth drinking, flavoursome stout.

If you're off to the Star I suggest you get a bus/taxi/cajole your beloved into driving.

Darren Norbury

Thursday, 4 June 2009

As recommended by ...

... Charisma, writing in the Mansfield CAMRA newsletter, after a touring (of pubs) holiday in Cornwall: "Many thanks to Bald Eagle for recommending The Star at Crowlas, home of the Penzance Brewery. I was so impressed I visited the pub two or three times. I had Penzance Crowlas Bitter (3.8%), which was alongside St Austell Black Prince, Woodlands Super India Pale Ale, which was super, Cottage Clifton Ale and Cwmbran Pink Panther (the wife quite liked that one). Pete Elvin, the brewer, had 16 years' experience at Cotleigh and is currently brewing Crowlas Bitter and Penzance Gold, but hopes to increase the range soon. A good local's local, a proper real ale pub with realistic prices and good beer, not like a lot of other pubs, which I won't mention, that sold crap beer at over-inflated prices."