Padstow Brewing Company is run by husband and wife team Caron & Des Archer. Caron loves experimenting with the myriad of different hops and malts available, while Des concentrates on the process and technology of brewing.
Their background is commercial, so the move to brewing has been challenging but a lot of fun. They trained with Dave Lang of the Forge Brewery in Devon – one of the most respected brewers in the South West and winner of the Tuckers Maltings Festival Gold, Silver AND Bronze awards for the best beers over the 21-year lifetime of the competition.
Brewing started in January 2013 in a converted surf shower, testing out recipe ideas. The equipment was tiny (just 100 litres or half a brewer’s barrel) but still too big for the space; only one person could get in at a time. If you weren’t inside you were out, and if it rained you just got wet. Something had to give.
They managed to find premises in Padstow, and spent Summer 2013 selling beer as fast as it was being made. So in Autumn 2013 it made sense to invest a significant sum in a new British-built custom-made 10 barrel brewery. Built by Johnson Brewing Design it uses a gas-fired copper for speed and efficiency, and heat recovery to reduce energy and environmental impact. Currently they can brew three times a week, making a total of around 9000 pints weekly. Spent grains go free to local farmers for animal feed, and hops for compost.