For 18 months, Thomas Rooke and his team have been working hard to grow Bude’s very own brewery. You all know about it, but have you tasted the beer yet? If not, get on it, because you are in for a treat.
The Bude Brewery team members have succeeded in their aim, for you can now buy Bude’s ales in London, Birmingham Manchester and Liverpool – and of course, Bude!
It seems that beer travels better these days so is just as good wherever you try it. A can of Porth Bud travelled with me to Birmingham recently, tasted refreshing, and was very welcome!
It’s not easy to remain independent but also to grow a business, but Thomas is thrilled to announce the latest development in the history of the company.
The exciting news is that Co-Op Stores in the south-west will be taking three of their products for wider distribution throughout their supermarkets. They are:
Black Rock, a 5.1% porter, Summerleaze, a 4.7% Golden Ale, and Porth Bud, a 4% Pale Ale.
The 330ml cans will be on sale at Co-op stores from March. Meanwhile, if you are lucky enough to live in or near Bude, you can just pop up to the brewery at 14, King’s Hill, and buy some there (cash and card payments accepted).
People can also go to the brewery’s own bar on Fridays from 3 pm and on Saturdays to have a pint after work before walking or getting a lift home. It’s a boon for those working on the King’s Hill estate but also for anyone fancying a change of venue. During the summer, the business put on events with attractions like the singer, Josh Kernow, and scrumptious street food, so keep your eyes peeled for more.
The brewery has five staff who all work together as a cohesive team. They are keen to produce great beer with fabulous branding around iconic local themes, whose designs are created by Bude’s very own Dean Wronowski.
The cans are high quality with stunning textured designs. The contents of the cans are also 100% vegan, but by the end of February, the company hopes to be 100% vegan-friendly, with cans, cask ales and bottles all fulfilling requirements.
2017 was a big year for the business but 2018 isn’t far behind, with a new seasonal range planned. A lager looks to be the next product available after the end of February but, before that, check out the special Valentine’s strawberry blonde ale available on cask, called Adult Wrestling, part of the new range, Why So Serious? This incorporated 25kg of fresh strawberries from a local supplier into the brewing process. One for the romantics among you!
Thomas explains that Bude Brewery is one of the fastest growing brewers in Cornwall in terms of volume and customer base. The team achieved their first award in 2017, a bronze from CAMRA at the Falmouth Beer Festival. There will surely be more to come. He says:
“I never realised how polite people could be until I moved to Bude. The community spirit is easy to see – everyone digs in and offers themselves; everyone looks out for others.” The brewery, therefore, also likes to be involved in the local community. They have sponsored the rugby club and produced a beer in aid of the Bude Sea Pool, for starters.
The range of local produce (and local, we all know in Bude, is a great idea) is available at North Coast Wine, Crooklets Inn, The Preston Gate, The Brendon Arms, Lansdown Dairy, the Cornish Pie Company, and other outlets.
As Thomas says: “We are here to stay, and grow, selling good beers, while remaining independent and true to ourselves”.
If you haven’t tasted it, you really should. Great ale, great design, great taste and made in Bude.