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26 March 2014

The rise of Cornish ale Doom Bar

It’s named after a sand bank in the Camel estuary but is popular with surfers, real ale enthusiats, David Cameron and even Prince Charles – from unlikely beginnings Cornish ale Doom Bar is taking over Britain.

Brewed in the tiny village of Rock, Doom Bar has become a hit with visitors to places to stay in Cornwall, as well as people from much, much further afield. That means a story which began 20 years ago is hugely successful one for Bill Sharp.

When Bill first brewed Doom bar beer-making was just his hobby – he had no brewing background and if tales are to be believed he took the recipe for his beer from a home-brew kit.

One thing that is true, is Bill started making beer in his shed because his newly-wed wife didn’t like him going to the pub.

Wherever Bill’s Cornish ale recipe came from, it’s proved such a hit his brewery is now producing 1.5 million pints a week and has become the official beer of the Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race.

Doom Bar is now the number one cask beer in Britain and city slickers have helped make it the fastest growing brand in London.

But while the balanced beer, a perfect blend of sweetness from malt and bitterness of hops, is available all over the UK it’s in its native Cornwall that it tastes best.

So next time you head down to our self-catering holiday cottages in Cornwall make sure you try a drop of Doom Bar.

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