Ale barley harvested
THE Cornish queen of ale has helped harvest barley for use in a Truro-based brewery.
Betty Stogs, known as the face of Skinner's Brewery and the name of its signature ale, went along to a farm in Restronguet to harvest barley for its beers.
For the past ten years, Skinner's has used Cornish barley despite paying a small producer's premium.
Production manager Terry Wallwork said: "We take our supply from three farms – Restronguet, Perranwell and Newquay.
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"Yes, we do pay a premium, but we see it as investing in farmers to keep farming high quality malting barley."
An estimated 400 tonnes of barley a year was harvested and sent to Warminster Maltsters, "the only traditional maltsters able to handle this volume", he added.
"Once malted, it is returned to the brewery."