In 1997 a chap called Steve arrived in Truro with a dream of brewing his own ale. He started Skinner’s with a total staff of two, and they soon began brewing their first ale, Cornish Knocker, named for local tin mine faeries.
Fast forward, and today the brewery has almost 40 staff, with a range of multiple award-winning ales, including the Queen of Cornish ales, Betty Stogs. A genuine family business, Steve’s three daughters all work for the brewery, while son Ben is a top surfer and the inspiration for Skindog lager.
Within months of moving to the South West, Steve says Cornwall got into his heart, and he was determined that Skinner’s would become part of the local community and culture. He believes that if you support local people, they will support you. That’s why he insists the brewery only uses locally-grown barley, why Skinner’s has raised thousands for local charities, and why it’s very much involved in local shanty-singing and surfing.
If you want to find out more about the history of Skinner’s and how we brew our beer, take a tour of our Skinner’s Brewery Visitor Centre. The tours can be booked for groups or individuals and offer a fascinating insight into the world of brewing, with lots of time to relax and sample our award-winning ales.