I love being a small business, ok it can be tough, you have got to have real discipline and perseverance… but at then end of it (hopefully) you reap the rewards that you sow. It gives me great pleasure when someone tells me ‘i love that’, because they are responding to something i contemplated, developed and then created and the money that i make from that seems to hold more worth in my hand…specially knowing that along the way there have also been doubts, hair pulling and crazy nights working way past the midnight hours. As a small business i like to spend my small pennies that i make on other small business’s …I believe that much care goes into products produced on the small-scale and hey we’ve all got to support each other for us to be able to survive in a world where things are increasingly being mass made often without care for the workers that made them or the person that buys them.
Today I’m going to talk about micro breweries. I grew up in a pub on the edge of the peak district – The Peels Arms in Padfield – go check it out if you are in the area. So i grew up with the smell of hops in my hair..but if i’m honest i didn’t really see the appeal of it all until a later age on being introduced to some craft breweries in Belgium.
Apparently pubs are closing at a rate of 50 per week but in contrast to this the number of breweries in the UK has increased four-fold over the past 30 years (CAMRA). So why is this? Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz states: “The real ale revolution goes on in spite of all the problems facing the brewing industry such as the often anti-competitive behaviour of the large pub companies, the heavy and continuing rise in tax on beer, grossly unfair competition from supermarkets, and the smoking ban in pubs. “Yet, against all the odds, craft breweries continue to sprout like mushrooms at dawn. The main reason is a simple one – craft brewers are responding to genuine consumer demand.” “Beer in pubs may be expensive compared to cheap supermarkets but drinkers are prepared to pay a bit extra for beer with taste and quality.”
I may be wrong, but at the moment there are about fifteen micro breweries in Cornwall. Check out this page to get more information. On the opening of a new pub in my hometown of Penryn I was really pleased to find out that a new micro- brewery operation had started just up the road from my house – The Rebel Brewing Company – brilliant! I had a quick interview with Rob Lowe the owner about his company…
The Rebel name came about through a combination of Penryn’s rebellious history (two rebellions have marched on London from here during the 1500’s) and the fact that I am determined to do things differently to your average microbrewery.
(YOU CAN READ ABOUT ONE OF CORNWALL’S REBELLIONS – THE PRAYER BOOK REBELLION HERE)
The Falmouth TownHouse.
Well I hope that has introduced you to a new and upcoming business in Penryn. I’m really proud of living here and the creative and entrepreneral spirit of my fellow ‘ryners’.
Hope you enjoyed reading and if you live local or visiting go and check out the Rebel Brewing Company!
Cheers – keri – Humble Cottage x