Cornish Knocker was Skinner’s first ale. It’s a golden ale brewed with Cornish water; whole-flower Celeia, Northdown and Aurora hops; Cornish malted barley and wheat; and Skinner’s unique yeast.
The taste of the delicate floral hops trails citrus with a slight pine bitterness and leaves you with a mild biscuit taste (posh ones, not your average digestive). A perfect pairing for shellfish, Thai dishes or a double cheeseburger with fries.
Knockers were tin-mine-dwelling folk who would knock to lead miners to the richest seams, so long as the miners left them a little of their pasties when they ate. Nowadays, we’re pretty sure they can occasionally be heard in local pubs, knocking on the bottles to guide drinkers to the malty golden ale that bears their name. Just remember to leave a sip behind for them.
The Knocker himself has been re-imagined by Joe McLaren, an artist who has worked widely in newspapers and publishing, illustrating the work of such luminaries as Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Carsten Jensen, Andrew Motion and John Betjeman.