New brewery on the block

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A new Cornish brewing business will officially open its doors on Friday.

Eddie Lofthouse (l) and Rhys Powell

Bodmin-based Harbour Brewing Company is the venture of Rhys Powell and Eddie Lofthouse, who have set up the company from scratch, based on the ethos of creating a craft brewing process and brand.

Lofthouse said: “We are committed to making beers that are contemporary and deliver an uncompromising taste experience. We use pure Cornish spring water sourced on the hillside next to the brewery, and only the finest raw materials. We believe this is the only way to deliver a premium quality product.”

The Harbour Brewing Company is using a 10 British brewers barrel (bbl) system, designed in California and built in Hungary by the American firm Bavarian Brewing Technologies.

Powell, who studied brewing and distilling at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, explained the unconventional equipment choice. “We chose a combined mash lauter tun, rather than a separate mash tun and a lauter tun, as it gives us all round flexibility with process control and use of adjuncts. It’s more efficient than a traditional British set up,” he said.

“We’ve also gone for sealed cyclindroconical fermentation vessels rather than traditional open vessels as it is more hygienic, allows faster fermentation, and ease of yeast harvesting.”

The brewery is starting with a range of four different beers including: Harbour India Pale Ale, a malt driven Harbour Amber Ale; Harbour Light Ale; and the Czech-inspired pilsner Harbour Lager. All of the range will be available on draught and in bottles.

The official opening will take place on Friday (January 20), where local MP and vice chair of the Parliamentary Beer Group, Dan Rogerson, will officiate.

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