The Driftwood Spars

The Driftwood Spars pub and brewery viewed from the beer garden.

It might not be easy to get Bel­gian, Ger­man or Amer­i­can beer in Corn­wall, but the native brew­pub scene con­tin­ues to offer excit­ing alter­na­tives.

The Drift­wood Spars is a great pub in a great loca­tion, nes­tled amongst huge sand dunes over­look­ing a love­ly cove just out­side St Agnes. St Agnes is well con­nect­ed by bus, and it’s a 10 minute walk from there, so you could leave the car at home.

It spreads over three lev­els and so has plen­ty of room for every­one, from motor­bike-rid­ing locals to well-off Ger­man tourists. It also has a “best of Corn­wall” cask ale selec­tion, tak­ing advan­tage of its free house sta­tus to offer two from Sharps and two from St Austell (includ­ing the sub­lime Prop­er Job).

Of course our main rea­son for com­ing was the beer they brew on site.

We start­ed with Red Mis­sion, a 4% red-tinged best bit­ter. We enjoyed it a lot. More crys­tal malt than we usu­al­ly like worked here because it was well bal­anced with a hard bit­ter­ness through­out, and a sul­phurous, hop­py kick at the end. Not at all flo­ral and, in that, per­haps a bit like a Dues­sel­dorf Alt?

Dêk Hop was next and this real­ly was a crack­ing beer. At 3.8%, it was pale amber and dis­tinct­ly hop­py. Again, though, it was a hard, robust hop flavour– not flo­ral, cit­rusy or del­i­cate.  It was also very spicy. We would­n’t be sur­prised to hear there was corian­der in the brew. We spent a long time list­ing flavours and char­ac­ter­is­tics. It was many-faceted and com­plex. Did it remind us of a sai­son? Were we tast­ing Ger­man hops? (Cop­pery, minty.)

They had more beers in bot­tles (also for sale in their off licence) but, as we were com­ing down with heat­stroke*, we called it a day, vow­ing to return, fre­quent­ly.

* Heat­stroke is a com­mon cause of headaches and nau­sea the day after enjoy­ing a beer gar­den.

3 thoughts on “The Driftwood Spars”

  1. Good read, I vis­it­ed the place myself today, and the Dek-Hop was an enjoy­able beer indeed!
    Also took some bot­tles away,looking for­ward to taste!

    1. Gun­nar – are you in hol­i­day in Corn­wall? Hope you have a great time. You might also like the Blue Anchor at Hel­ston and the Star Inn at Crowlas. Both rougher round the edges than the Drift­wood Spars, but with great beer, brewed on site.

  2. Yes, I have cycled The Cor­nish Tour
    http://www.cornishcycletours.co.uk/leisure-cycling-tours-cornwall/the-cornish-tour-8-days/#page=page‑1
    Vis­it­ed Blue Anchor and tast­ed their new WnKRoy­al Ale, Star Inn at Crowlas was too far off my track.…
    Corn­wall is nice, with a lot of steep hills to climb, I am sure bet­ter fit after this hol­i­day.…..
    Vis­it­ed about 25 pubs/Inns along the trail, amongst the best was The front and The Chain­lock­er in Fal­mouth.

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