Skinner’s loves…

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We love our beer here at Skinners. And it came as no surprise that our staff were pretty candid when we asked them to rate the Skinner’s collection. But which of our buxom brews ranks as their favourite? We went and asked a few of our motley crew to find out…

Name: Mike Pritchard

Job: Responsible for the commercial side of the business and helping shape the strategy for the brewery.

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Lushingtons

Why? Because of the association I have of drinking it in the right place at the right time.

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it? On a late summer Tuesday, sat in my shorts and t-shirt, enjoying the Cornish sunshine in my front garden. Just me, a cool Lushingtons and not a care in the world. It’s a moment of stillness when I can listen to the birds and the Truro cathedral bellringers practising.

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: Freshly ground black coffee

Name: Robin Lawson

Job: Manages the Old Ale House

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Betty Stogs

Why? It was the first of the Skinner’s range that I tasted almost 20 years ago. It has kept true to the original flavour, with a fine balance of hops, but not too much. An ABV of 4% makes it very quaffable and desiring of another pint!

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it? These days, one of the best pints of Betty Stogs is to be found at The Old Ale House, in  Truro, but my favourite bar to drink it in is The New Inn, on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. On a summer’s’ day, it really can’t be beaten!

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: Guinness

Name: Fred Thomas

Job: Dresses up as Betty Stogs to attend Cornish events

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Cornish Knocker

Why? When I first met Steve was at a house party held by some mutual friends and he came with a couple of boxes of Knocker. I just remember at the time thinking it absolutely tasted bob on. It’s 20 years old this year and I never get tired of it – it’s a nice crisp, hoppy beer and really refreshing.

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it? I’ve had many a pint of Knocker in Falmouth and I think the best place would be down at The Front. Sitting out on a nice summer’s evening when the tide is in it’s really lovely down there and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves their ale.

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: Port

Claim to fame: Cornish Heavyweight Wrestling Champion

Name: Alison Francis-King

Job: In charge of HR services and making sure all the Skinner’s staff are looked after.

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Penny Come Quick

Why? Because it’s a special that’s not always available and it does what it says on the bottle – you get coffee & chocolate (always a plus!), it’s very satisfying and refreshing. Nothing else tastes quite like it.

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it? Nowhere special but I associate it with the time of year that it’s available, something to look forward to after the summer and before Christmas.

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: Tattinger champagne

Claim to fame: Sang Verdi’s Requiem at the Albert Hall (with 249 other singers…!)

Name: Steve Skinner

Job: The boss!

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Lushingtons

Why?

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it?

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: Dark rum, coke and ice, please

Claim to fame: Pint of ale, down in one – doing a press up on the bar

Name: Louise Skinner

Job: Supporting customers to make sure everything is working well for them.

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Cornish Knocker

Why?

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it?

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: Vodka

Name: Marc Eliott

Job: Maintaining the hundreds of great relationships that Skinner’s Brewery have made over the last (almost) 20 years and looking out for new customers. Driving all over Cornwall to some stunning places is such a hard life!

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Porthleven

Why? I remember trying it for the first time over 5 years ago when it was first released as a seasonal beer, I had heard it was made using this hop called Citra, and it was supposed to taste like nothing I had tried before.

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it? I heard my favourite pub, The ‘Front in Falmouth had it on and after my first pint I was hooked! It really did taste like nothing else that was around at the time, a light refreshing and perfectly hopped beer that seemed to lead the way for so many more in this style, often copied, never bettered!

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: White Wine – Burgundy or Viognier

Claim to fame: I was on ‘Saturday Disney’ as a kid, got gunged and won a coke can hifi!

Name: Stuart Hughes

Job: As National Accounts Manager, I look after our wholesalers, retailers and pubs to ensure every cask, pint and bottle of Skinner’s sold is perfect.

Favourite Skinner’s beer: Lushingtons

Why? It’s got everything I love about a Skinner’s ale, well-hopped, beautifully balanced, fruity and moreish but with the added benefit of all whole flower US hops such as the ever popular Citra, Willamette and Belma, which has notes of strawberries and summer fruits. The perfect pale ale to enjoy when the sun shines.

Where we’re most likely to find you enjoying it? Lushingtons is the perfect festival ale, to be enjoyed with good friends, great music, fine foods. A pint of Lushingtons at the Falmouth Sea Shanty festival is hard to beat.

Favourite drink that isn’t ale: Strong tea with milk and one sugar

Claim to fame: I can mix/DJ on vinyl turntables. I have done for over 20 years and still do to this day to relax.

The verdict? Depends who you ask, what the weather’s doing and what direction the wind’s blowing. We recommend sampling them all.