Cornwall, England. Five.

ferry crossing on chain

Took the ferry to Truro and came upon the King Harry Ferry Bridge, a vehicular chain ferry crossing the estuary of the River Fal.

the old ale house

Arrived in Truro after a short bus ride as it was low tide and the ferry was unable to dock right in the town. Dumped my bags at my hotel and retired to The Old Ale House, which is owned by the Skinners Brewery.

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A couple of the fine cask ales brewed by Skinners.

the thomas daniell

Not far from my accommodation, I discovered The Thomas Daniell, with its unusual cask dispense system and fine food to match the great ales.

 

Cornwall, England. Four.

Falmouth

Falmouth hotel

The Falmouth Hotel is noted for its Victorian architecture. The hotel dates from 1865 and overlooks Falmouth Bay.

 

Falmouth ships and camper vans

Falmouth has a very deep harbour where a large number of cargo ships anchor in the bay.  And Falmouth University has rapidly grown, perhaps by students inspired by comedienne Dawn French as its chancellor!?

the seven stars falmouth

The Seven Stars is a Grade II listed pub, having received its initial licence in 1660.

Cornwall, England. Three

St. Ives

I travelled by train to St. Ives on the west coast and made my way to the Pedn Olva Hotel overlooking the frothing sea below.

St. Ives harbour water

High tide.

St. Ives harbour sandLow tide.

the pilchard press SI

A friend had been to St. Ives earlier in the year and he had recommended The Pilchard Press, up an alleyway. I dutifully went and loved its small, intimate surroundings filled with locals and a good selection of ever-changing cask ales.

The Castle Inn St.Ives

The Castle Inn is another fine pub in St. Ives. Fine food and ale can be had here.

 

Cornwall, England, Two

Penzance to St. Michael’s Mount

Mount from afar

It was a hot and hazy day when I set off to walk the coastal route from Penzance to St. Michael’s Mount, a distance of five miles.

approach to mount

I finally reached the cobblestone walkway that had been revealed at low tide, steadily making my way on the uneven stones toward St. Michael’s Mount in the distance.

Mount

By the time I finally reached St. Michael’s Mount, the wait to get in was over an hour. My heart sank. I wiped the sweat from my brow and resolved to tour the outer walls of the harbour and the garden.

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Having returned to Marazion, it was finally time to treat myself to a cask ale and lunch at The King’s Arms.

Cornwall, England

I spent most of August 2019 in Cornwall, England. This was my first visit to the county and it delivered panoramic views, great pubs and fine cask ales in abundance. I started in Penzance, and no I did not see a single pirate, just people immensely enjoying the seaside. I have selected a few images to highlight each area of Cornwall that I witnessed. And I did almost four weeks in England with only a carry-on bag, two weeks of clean clothes and the use of hotel washing services. I travelled by airplanes, trains, underground, buses, boats, taxis and on foot.

Penzance

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A view from my hotel room toward St. Michael’s Mount in the distance.

the dock inn

The engaging lady behind the bar at The Dock Inn must have been a huge fan of comedienne Dawn French as she had her down pat, serving up great banter with the regulars and tourists alike.

 

blue sky night

A stunning moonlit evening shot.

black night sky

A few nights later the sky was black and foreboding.

the longboat

The Longboat was reliable for food and cask ale.

the turks head

The Turk’s Head is the oldest pub in Penzance, having associations with pirates over 700 years ago.

 

But, is it Art?

I smashed my finger in the back door leading to the deck while protecting something more important, a fresh glass of red wine.

The pain was intense. The blood was gushing madly. A serviette was handy but the blood-letting would not cease, regardless of how many times I daubed it on the reddening napkin.

The wine stopper was a later addition as I struggled to stop the bleeding. And I was now idling, waiting for the cessation of the blood flow.

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I’m okay.

blood 3

Not too bad.

blood 2

Oh, shit!

 

 

 

 

Collective Arts IPA No. 10 ?

 

I usually quite like the beers coming from Collective Arts  in Hamilton, Ontario, but IPA No. 10 bends my palate and mind into a space I don’t want to go!

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While it is only 3.2 percent abv, and unfiltered, it is muddy, top to bottom, and therefore unrecognizable as beer.

 
Sorry, perhaps juicy is the new vernacular.
No, it is actually, really turbid.

 
This beer is hopped with Simcoe and mosaic hops, as if you would notice among the mango-mashed mud flavour.

 

It is undrinkable. I dumped it
Damn. It is okay. I paid for it!
Please, all breweries, stop brewing this murky stuff.

 
I might swear if this becomes the new norm.
Oh shit, it has!

Little Beasts Brewing Company

I managed to nab a few brews from the Little Beasts Brewing Company of Whitby, Ontario, CA. Some interesting naming of the beers and very sharp graphics give them an edge at shelf level.

pinionHere is my take on them. First up is, Pinion, a 5.5 percent abv American pale ale. It pours a pale golden colour, releasing notes of fresh malt, wet grains and wheat malt. It is a very pleasantly hopped ale with staying power through to a fine, crisp finish.

This was followed by Mountain Devil, a 6.5 percent abv West Coast style IPA. This pale golden coloured ale has notes of spice and pine, as in deep conifer woods. The malty, biscuity, backbone ably supports a thrust of hop flavours. There are further luscious hop notes in its extended, bitter finish.

New Radio is an American stout riding in at 6 percent abv. The black tarmac coloured beer is topped with a mocha accented head of fine beaded foam. On the nose, roast, toast and dark chocolate all vie for attention. On the palate, expect dark chocolate and roast to meet with balancing hop bitterness. The finish has malt, chocolate, hop bitterness and a light chalkiness intertwined in a fine flavour bundle.

Little Beasts also has The Constant, a 4.5 percent American blonde ale. It pours a veiled golden colour, while releasing notes of tropical fruit and fresh malt underneath. On the palate, it is hop forward and crisp in nature. The finish is sprightly with a flexible malt core that carries the hop bitterness happily along its route.

Nihilist is an imperial stout rolling in at a hefty 9.5 percent abv. It pours a pitch black colour with a mocha accented foam. The nose is of a dark roast that is slightly charred. On the palate, roast and dark chocolate descend into a background hop bitterness, with all vying for attention. The finish is bitter at first as the beer warms slightly, then roast playfully encases the chocolate element.

 
La Saison d’automme sails in at 7 percent abv. It is a bright rosé in colour. Effervescent on first pour, it releases fruity aromas, think boysenberry if you can, and spicy notes. Next, tart fruit sharply attacks the palate. It has a bit of raspberry taste but in fact it is the boysenberry that is front and centre here. The finish is drying and tart.

 
run-santa-webAnd finally, Run Santa Run from Little Beasts harkens toward a winter warmer. It pours black with reddish hues. The nose is of fresh toast, with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, warming alcohol flows forward on a robust malt base. The finish is full in the mouth, rich, vigorous and highly drinkable!

Spearhead Brewing Company: Big Kahuna

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Big Kahuna, a copper coloured Imperial IPA brewed by the Spearhead Brewing Company of Kingston, Ontario, powers forward with 100 IBUs and 10 percent abv. It is double dry-hopped with Warrior, Cascade, Hallertau Blanc and Cashmere hops to good effect. Big, bold floral notes fold into a defining hop bitterness, that is unrelenting in nature.

A reluctant malt sweetness appears with purpose to balance it all out as the flavours unfold. For the moment! And then another wave of hop bitterness rolls over and the surf’s up on your palate. Brewed with pure pineapple juice that doesn’t get in the way.

Ontario Brews

Town Brewery of Whitby has opened with Levon Saison, a 6 percent abv Belgian style
saison. It is a pale lemon coloured beer that is quite effervescent in nature. The initial action is a tongue-tapping spiciness, with cloves to the forefront. On the palate, the aromatics fold over and deliver vigorous spice notes. The finish is on-form and sprightly.

Next up is a collaboration of the Town Brewery with Muddy York of Toronto in brewing New England IIPA, an 8.7 percent abv brew that is big, bold and beautiful. It is suitably hazy and pale orange in colour. There is a sprightly burst of citrus aromas. On the palate, it is surprisingly gentle on the hop bitterness front. However, the bitterness builds neatly and assumes its rightful place directing the show right through to the gloriously bitter finish.

Town Brewery has also released Mash of the Titans IPA, a 6.5 percent abv beer. It pours a cloudy pale yellow colour and is citrusy and effervescent. On the palate, fruit and bitterness are seemingly masked by the density of suspended material. The finish is tangy and mildly bitter. I suspect that there is a big beer lurking somewhere in the mists. townbrewery.ca

Prospect DDH Simcoe Single Hop IPA, brewed by the Left Field Brewery of Toronto, rides in at 6.7 percent abv. It pours a veiled straw colour, while releasing aromatics of tropical fruit, spice and a deep forest green. This is followed by a smack-down of hop bitterness, with just a kiss of the barley to carry it all forward. The finish is boldly bitter and increasingly moreish!

jamie mistryThe Common Good Beer Company of Toronto began brewing as a contract brewery in 2016 according to co-founder Jamie Mistry (left). Over 90 percent of what they brew is contract, for the likes of Radical Road, Black Bellows, Danforth, Beaches and Lost Craft.

The 35 hectolitre, five vessel, Newlands brewhouse is located in a 12,000 square foot building. The brewery has 14 X 70 hectolitre fermenters and 3 X 70 hectolitre bright tanks.

Common Good has released Caught in an Eddy Session IPA as part of its Brewers’ Series. This pale-straw coloured ale tops out at 3.9 percent abv and it has a gentle, refreshing hop presence on the nose. On the palate, hop bitterness slides forward and embraces a resilient malt backbone. The finish is hop-forward and sustained to a level that suggests another might be in order, an order?!

 

Also, from Common Good comes its Bonsai Kitten White IPA, a 7.7 percent abv polished, pale gold coloured ale. It presents crisp malt with a cut of the hop on the nose. On the palate, malt leads the way but hop bitterness surges forward and above the alcohol. The finish is clean and increasingly bitter.

Dry Hop Pils from Common Good has a bright, pale yellow colour and aromatics of spicy fresh hops. On the palate, sprightly, peppery hops deliver a forthright message of goodness. This is followed by a long, engaging, floral and bitter finish.

The Sociable Pilsner is a German style pilsner brewed by Common Good to 4.7 percent abv, while delivering 35 IBUs of bitterness. It pours a sparkling golden colour, while releasing fresh grain and light hop notes. Malt and hops co-mingle happily on the palate. The crisp finish is refreshingly bitter.

The Amsterdam Brewery of Toronto has loaded up the hops on its Fracture Imperial IPA to the tune of 95 IBUs. This 9.1 percent abv ale has an amber colour. Pithy pine and citrus notes are prevalent on the nose. On the palate, hop bitterness assertively parts the waves of malt goodness. The finish belies its 95 IBUs–while it is pungently bitter, it does not overwhelm!

From the unusually named Orange Snail Brewers Limited of Milton comes Iron Pig Pale Ale, a 5 percent abv orange coloured beer. Aromas of sweetish malt and a light spiciness are presented early. On the palate, a light bitterness intersects the malt core. The finish sees the single malt grain gain the upper hand over the hop presence in this unpasteurized ale.

Working Twice as Hard DIPA is brewed by the Muddy York Brewing Company of Toronto to 8.2 percent abv and 30 IBUs. This cloudy, golden coloured ale has a nose of tropical fruit. On the palate, a pleasantly soft hop bitterness intertwines with a flexible malt backbone. The finish is gentle on the hop expression and the alcohol does not rise to the top and request undo attention.

Cerbeerus, a 5.2 percent abv collaborative wet hop pilsner brewed by Brunswick Bierworks and Muddy York, features three additions of Perle hops. It pours a bright gold colour and releases floral hops on the nose. This is followed a forthright hop attack on the palate. The finish delivers more wonderful hop flavours to enthrall.

A collaborative brew from the Eastbound Brewing Company, Toronto, and the Sawdust City Brewing Company, Huntsville, has resulted in a festive brew, Hold On, I’m Comin’ Home for the Holidays, a Belgian Christmas ale topping out at 8.5 percent abv. This polished auburn coloured ale showcases spicy aromatics of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, sweetish malt is embraced by spices, with the alcohol in check. The finish is bright, with a splash of alcohol overlaying rich, chewy malt and Christmas spices.

Eastbound also released Fresh Start Idaho 7 APA, riding in at 5 percent abv. It pours a pale golden colour with a slight haze. There is a whiff of fresh green hops on the nose. On the palate, a sprightly hop presence leads to a strengthening hop bitterness. The lasting, bitter finish entices greatly as the delicious hop bitterness grows in intensity to that level where you not only want another one, but you order it!

Town Brewery
1632 Charles Street
Whitby ON L1N 1B9
905 666 3838

Common Good Beer Company
475 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough ON M1R 4E5
416 639 6579