Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Dartmoor Beer Diary

The beers I drank last week in Devon and Cornwall.

Dartmoor Brewery:
Jail Ale
(The Dartmoor Brewery in Princetown is a stone’s throw from the Dartmoor Prison, so it’s no surprise that its flagship award-winning beer is called Jail Ale).

Skinners Brewery (Truro, Cornwall):
Betty Stogs

St Austell Brewery (est. 1851):
(Tribute is one of the region’s most popular beers; pale amber in colour and with malt and citrus notes).

Sharp’s Brewery (Rock, Cornwall):
Eden Pure Ale
(From the brewery more famous for Doom Bar, this recent gold-coloured beer is brewed in collaboration with the Eden Project)

Palmer’s Brewery (Bridport, Dorset):
Palmer’s Copper

Best pubs visited:
The Dartmoor Inn, Merrivale.
A 17th Century coaching inn, 1000 feet above sea level and on the open moor, by Merrivale Bridge and near the fascinating Merrivale prehistoric monuments site.

Plume of Feathers, Princetown.
A coaching inn since 1785 and across the road from the hotel (now Visitor Centre) where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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