Rick and Jill host beer and mussels at St Merryn
BEER lovers will raise a pint to a very worthy cause this weekend at The Cornish Arms Beer & Mussel Festival.
Rick Stein and Jill Stein's pub The Cornish Arms at St Merryn is set to host their second annual festival and will be raising funds for Children's Hospice South West Little Harbour Hospice in St Austell.
In a bid to generate awareness and raise funds for the charity, The Cornish Arms have commissioned Roger Ryman, head brewer at St Austell Brewery to create a brew especially for the festival. 10p from each pint of their 'Little Harbour' beer sold over Saturday and Sunday will be donated directly to the charity.
Ian Fitzgerald, operations manager of the festival said: "If you only get to try one beer over the festival weekend, make sure it is this one – it's a charity very close to our hearts and we want to raise as much money for them as possible. The beer has been skillfully brewed by Roger and is the perfect accompaniment to our mussel dishes."
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The Cornish Arms will also be running a charity pub quiz on Sunday at 5pm. Breweries including St Austell, Sharps, Hunters, Dark Star, Adnams and Purity have generously donated prizes including beer, T-shirts, hoodies and a brewery tour.
Visitors can discover some of the finest Cornish and British beers, as well as enjoying a variety of mussel dishes. There will be live music from the Newquay Singers on Saturday from 8pm and The Cornish Wurzzels on Sunday from 2pm. There will also be entertainment for children during the day – and hopefully some sun!
The festival weekend will open with a cookery demonstration by Rick and Jill's son Jack, at noon on Saturday and Rick himself will be signing books on Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 12.30pm. For more information visit www.rickstein.co; follow Twitter – @TheCornishArms and Facebook – /TheCornishArmsPub.
A RECIPE for a stout last brewed in 1913 has been extracted from ancient journals at a Cornish brewery and relaunched to celebrate Ireland's national holiday.
In a nod to the strong bonds of Cornish Celtic heritage, St Austell Brewery's 1913 Cornish Stout will first be available on Sunday, St Patrick's Day.
The new brew will be previewed on Saturday at the Beer and Mussel Festival in St Merryn.
A 100-year-old recipe that had been lying dormant in St Austell Brewery's extensive – and dusty – records was carefully adapted to produce an intense 5.2 per cent brew.
Roger Ryman, pictured, head brewer at St Austell Brewery, said: "I'm privileged to brew beer at a company with such a long and rich brewing history and was delighted to have the opportunity to revive this original recipe for Cornish Stout for today's beer drinkers. Today, St Austell Brewery combines the best of the old and new, and despite the computer age, we continue to record every brew we make in leather-bound journals just as our predecessors did in 1913."