The Old Ale House – 7 Quay St, Truro TR1 2HD
The Ole Ale House is a traditional pub, which serves as a tap house for the well known Skinner’s Brewery in Truro. Here you’ll find the full Skinner’s Brewery range, including some exclusives and rarities, plus guest beers on both cask and keg. The pub also has live music most nights of the week.
St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre – 63 Trevarthian Rd, St Austell, PL25 4BY
An operation the size of St Austell Brewery makes for an interesting tour and I highly recommend you make the journey out to their visitor centre to experience it for yourself. For the £12 entry fee you get an extensive tour of the entire facility, concluding with a tasting session and a bottle or two to take away with you. Don’t expect this to be restricted to the commonly found Tribute and Proper Job either, we got through more than 10 different beers, including samples from their standalone small batch brewery built below the bar area.
Beerwolf Books – 3 Bells Ct, Falmouth TR11 3AZ
Beerwolf Books delivers on exactly what it’s name promises, beer and books. I was actually taken back by quite how much of a legitimate book shop this pub manages to double up as. It’s a bizarre concept but fits right in with the rest of Falmouth’s vibe. I would possibly go so far to say that the book selection was greater than the beer, though if I’m honest, my eyes truly lit up when I saw they’d also made room for three pinball machines.
Padstow Brewing Co. Tasting Room – 4-6 Broad St, Padstow PL28 8BS
Padstow isn’t all just Rick Stein you know! Padstow Brewing Co. have something to say about this, opening a tasting room in the centre of town as an outlet for their brewery. The shop stocks both their iconic “pint of Padstow” 568ml bottles and their new craft influenced series, with striking artwork from students at Falmouth School of Art. Padstow Brewing Co. do also offer tours and brewery experiences at their brewery based on the outskirts of town.
Red Elephant Beer Cellar – 4 Quay St, Truro TR1 2GA
The Red Elephant Beer Cellar is a fantastic bottle shop in the centre of Truro, which opened in 2013. Here you’ll find at least one or two beers from almost every Cornish Brewery, as well as highlights from further afield. It’s run by a friendly chap who seemed more than happy to talk to us about every bottle and can lining the shelves. The prices are reasonable and it serves as a good outlet to pick up some beers from the local breweries that you can’t visit in person.