The Driftwood Spars Brewery in St Agnes has launched a new range of contemporary craft beers, handmade in small batches on the north Cornish coast.

The microbrewery has long been known for its pioneering, experimental approach to brewing classic styles; now new head brewer Mike Mason is channelling that freewheeling spirit into Cove – a selection of canned and kegged craft beers.

He said: “Approachable and enjoyable until the very last sip, we’ve poured all our experience of brewing (and drinking!) many styles of beer from across the world into this exciting project. The Cove series takes inspiration from the best of these styles and adds a Cornish twist.

“Expect zesty, sessionable pale ales, silky smooth milk stouts, funky saisons and – coming soon – an IPA set to become a future classic.”

The first beer in the Cove series, Beacon Pale Ale, is initially available via the brewery shop, website and local bottle shops including Red Elephant Beer Cellar in Truro.

Beacon will shortly be followed by Seaberry Saison, a Cornish take on a Belgian classic.

Midnight Skinny Dipper, a smooth and rich milk stout, will be released in the autumn with a classic IPA due to follow next year.