The team at myCornwall held a tasting session and narrowed down 70 samples from Cornish beer and cider brewers to our top 7 favourites. Judged by look, smell and taste, here are the very best of Cornish real ales, lagers and ciders. Also, check out our downloadable map of Cornish orchards, vineyards and breweries.


Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner

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Sharp’s Brewery

‘Perfect for a summer’s day’

Fermented with Czech yeast and Saaz hops, this lager has zesty herbal notes and a delicious clean, citrus flavour.


Rebel’s Penryn Ale

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The Rebel Brewing Company

‘Sweet scent’

A take on the classic Indian pale ale, Penryn Ale is fruity, hoppy and leaves a nice mellow bitterness. It was one of our editor’s absolute favourites!


Rebel’s Cornish Sunset

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Golden Ale

The Rebel Brewing Company

‘Well worth a try’

Our tasters thought that this crisp, refreshing and zesty golden ale was the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful Cornish sunset.


St Austell’s HSD

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Dark Ale

St Austell Brewery


This full-bodied ale is full of strong flavours. It is great alternative to a well-rounded premium red wine.

Keltek’s Magic

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Keltek Cornish Brewery

‘Cracking flavour’

This bitter has the perfect balance between hops and malt. It is not too bitter and our tasters thoroughly enjoyed it.



Granite Rock’s Glasney College Porter

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Granite Rock Brewery

‘Intense’, ‘Smooth’

With aromas of coffee and dark chocolate, this intensely flavoured porter was deliciously silky and “surprising” according to one of our tasters.


Touchwood Cider

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Touchwood Cornish Cider

‘You can imagine the country farm and apples as you drink it’

If you are a real enthusiast for great cider, all of our tasters absolutely loved Touchwood. Produced entirely organically and made using a variety of Cornish apples, all from a farm in St Agnes, this cider is definitely one to try! 



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‘The Best Cornish Beer and Cider’ is taken from our June/July 2014, Vol.2 Issue 24. Subscribe to myCornwall magazine for more stories like this one.