A 20-year passion for craft beer and a love of the Fowey river in Cornwall, inspired owners Dom and Geoff to set up Fowey Brewery just 18-months ago. Based at an industrial unit in Lostwithiel that borders the river Fowey in Cornwall, the brewery expanded at the end of last year following support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
“When I moved my family to Lostwithiel about 15 years ago I became close friends with Geoff,” says Dom, “it turned out Geoff was a master brewer who enjoyed replicating old beer recipes as well as experimenting with all the new world hops.
“Two years ago, Geoff asked if I would be interested in setting up a microbrewery with him in Lostwithiel. And so adding to Geoff’s 20 years’ brewing experience, we spent a few months honing a core range of beers before finally starting to trade in November 2016.
“Our brand reflects our craft origins but also gives a nod to the river. Our red logo is the letter ‘F’ for Fowey in semaphore. Although I imagine only the keenest sailors would pick that up!”
Fowey Brewery have five core ales all named after points along the river Fowey. They include Golitha Falls IPA, Sawmills Session IPA, Readymoney Pale Ale, Lostwithiel Amber and a Lerryn Blond. They sell the beers predominantly in 330ml bottles but can offer all styles in keg and some in cask.
Each beer is very different in nature ranging from a clean crisp Blond through to a fully hopped 6.8% IPA packed with exciting new world hops. From the more traditional amber and pale ales, through to the modern twist of the IPAs, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
“At some point over the summer we hope to be able to load up some of our beers onto a sailing boat and deliver to customers along the river ending at Fowey,” continues Dom.
“We will be adding guest beers to our range soon. Our main priority is to continue to build a strong reputation and following in our local area.”
Fowey Brewery currently supply about fifteen outlets including the Eden Project, the Great Cornish Food Hall, the Fowey Hall Hotel and Wadebridge Wines. Following the expansion and with more production capacity, they are looking to increase their customer base and have recently started working with LWC for distribution.
You can order the full range of Fowey Brewer beers online through Wadebridge Wines.