Pasties aren't the only foodie treat that Cornwall does so well - they also have a local brewery that has won the Supreme Champion Beer awards for the last 3 years, making them the only brewery to have ever won three years in a row. That's quite some feat, especially for a small independent brewery.
Out of over 200 beers exhibited at the Falmouth Beer Festival this year, CAMRA Kernow chose Rebel’s 80 Shilling as the best Cornwall has to offer, which is a strong accolade, given the quality of Cornish brews. They sent us some to sample and Madhouse Daddy sat in the hotseat (or should that be hopseat ?!) as chief tester.
80 Shilling is a dark beer with a slightlyly reddish hue if you hold it up to the light, like the Belgian "bières rousses" that Madhouse Daddy often enthuses about. He said it had a robust flavour, with a slight "burnt" bitter but pleasant topnote that gives way to a nice sweetness as it hits your throat. I compared his interpretation with the official tasting notes and he actually did a pretty good job. The official blurb says : "It is characterised by a roasted malty smell and the taste of coffee and black treacle. It has a sweetness not always associated with this style of beer. The taste of hops is still prevalent through the beer." So it seems that Frenchmen know their beer just as well as they know their wines !
If you're anywhere near Penryn, definitely pop along for a look (and a taste) - they have a brand new shop and bar space and you can even visit the brewery. It's now their website (www.rebelbrewing.co.uk) that is being redeveloped so you'd be better off checking out their Facebook page for more information at the moment.
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.