Padstow Pilsner wins prestigious National award

Padstow Brewing Co. wins first place in The Great British Food Awards with its Czech-style Pilsner, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Adnams Ghost Ship. This prestigious competition was judged by a panel of experts, including high profile chefs, Michelin-starred restaurateurs, broadcasters and more. The beer category was judged by beer expert, author and broadcaster Melissa Cole.

Melissa had these glowing words to say about Padstow Pilsner: “Perfectly clean, light and super-refreshing it’s everything I want from a well-made beer of this style, which is tough to make and even tougher to package well.”

The award comes quickly after the cold-fermented Pilsner was awarded a Gold at the 2018 Taste of the West Awards, one of only two awarded to Cornish Breweries (Padstow won both).

Padstow Pilsner (4.4% alc) was one of the first Padstow beers to move into a contemporary 440ml can format, and certainly isn’t the last. “Canning gives us complete control over the final product and presents it to the consumer exactly as it left the brewery. Perfectly chilled and enjoyed cold, it suits the style of beer extremely well” said Head Brewer Caron Archer.

The Brewery has moved two more of its core range to 440ml cans; its hoppy session pale ale Pocket Rocket (4.0% alc) and its oatmeal stout The Smoke (5.5% alc). Both bear the company’s distinctive contemporary branding. It has also partnered with Falmouth University for can designs for its series of one-off brews, allowing art students to get their work into commercial space. These beers, typically IPAs and DIPAs, have proved very popular with craft beer lovers and sell out quickly.

While pressing ahead with canning beers, the brewery remains committed to retaining its range of beers in cask and bottle-conditioned format. “There is great demand for well-made traditional beers, and we will continue to support our customers with our core range of ales” said Caron.