Beer to Russia with love


A Cornish microbrewery is looking to overseas markets after securing its first international orders.

Joe Thomson (left) and Stephen Medlicott from Penpont Brewery

Penpont Brewery, founded by Joe Thomson and Stephen Medlicott in 2008, only started its export programme in August, but has already secured sales in Russia and Canada.

Based at Altarnun on Bodmin Moor, the brewery has sent 250 kegs, or 22,000 pints, of its strongest beer – the 5.8% Porter – to St Petersburg.

Thomson said: “We’ve got a great market in Cornwall and the south west, but we’re keen to get our award-winning beers to real ale lovers further afield.

“We had thought more about targeting other areas of the UK, so we’ve only just dipped our toes into the export market.

“But the response we’ve had already from buyers in Russia and Canada is incredible.”

A further 600 cases of its 4.2% Ginger Beer, which won gold at the SIBA South West Beer Festival in 2011, have headed across the Atlantic to Canada.

The company is hoping for further overseas success after just returning from a two-day export mission to Ireland lead by UKTI.

The brewery is also holding a Pie and Ale night to celebrate its fourth birthday on Friday, November 2 at the Rising Sun at Altarnun starting at 5.30pm.