Ale fans pack Falmouth festival to enjoy taste of old and new
Happy real ale fans declared this weekend's Falmouth Beer Festival as the best to date.
A great range of beers from the county, and beyond, were on offer at the Princess Pavilions with burgeoning new breweries alongside old favourites.
Penryn-based Rebel Brewing Company's "Mexi-Cocoa", a dark stout infused with chocolate and vanilla, romped home to first place in the speciality beers category and went on to win the title of Champion Cornish Ale of the festival.
"We couldn't be more delighted," Guillermo Alvarez, from Rebel, said. "It's just brilliant that so many people like our beer."
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The festival provided two firsts for organisers CAMRA Kernow, the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, with the introduction of a third of a pint mark on festival glasses and a web app displaying the bar lists. Both proved hugely successful.
"The 1/3 pint measure was brought in to help give people the opportunity to try more of the beers," said festival organiser Gerry Wills. "We hoped that people would find it useful and that certainly seems to have been the response." Useful, too, was the newly introduced web app enabling drinkers to access all the bar lists online via smartphones and tablets. The app received more than 76,000 hits during the course of the festival.
Press Officer Fran Brennan, said: "I built the app to try and circumvent the problem of not being able to update our printed programme.
"The programme's as accurate as it can be when it goes to press but as barrels run out and/or get replaced we felt it would be great if we could find some way to let people know in real time."