Love Cornwall? Love Skinner’s beer? We need YOU!

by Skinner's Brewery in Truro, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th March 2021 we successfully raised £152,301 with 2449 supporters in 28 days

NEW GOAL: To give back to the community by creating an outdoor eating, drinking & events space at the brewery, a game-changer for us & Truro

by Skinner's Brewery in Truro, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Help us go from surviving to thriving! With our stretch target the dream is to create an outdoor dining and drinking space by the waterside here in Newham, where locals and visitors to the brewery can come and eat, drink, socialise and party on a regular basis!


We’re thrilled to unveil an animated impression of Skinner’s Brewery Bar, sharing this exciting vision of our new outdoor venue here in Truro. With your help via our Crowdfunder Campaign, we hope to make this dream a reality by late spring!

As you can see this project will create a buzzing new social space just moments from Lemon Quay; perfect for after-work drinks, leisurely weekend brunches and long-overdue gatherings of friends.

Skinner’s Brewery Bar will have a casual, working-brewery feel, with repurposed beer barrels, wooden benches and shipping containers – which will house a vibrant street food offering. Softened by lots of green planting (fruit trees and hops of course!) festoon lighting and timber cladding, the space will be designed to take you seamlessly from day to night, when that stage will really come into it’s own! They’ll be three areas; Alfresco Square, Woodland Hangout & Skinner’s Corner – we’ll leave it to you to find your crews’ regular spot!

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We’ll be looking after the drinks of course, with our freshest brews on tap. But this project is about becoming more than just a brewery; you’ll find great food, live music, DJs and events here throughout the year. Jobs, opportunities and diversification will all flow from this game-changing project, allowing us to give back to our community whilst also becoming a more resilient business in the future.

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Huge thanks to Adam and the team at Märraum in Penryn for putting this architectural visualisation together in record time, and to The Oggymen for the lend of Down By The Riverside (can’t wait to have you belt out a few notes here guys!)

Get behind this post-pandemic project for Cornwall’s capital city and help us create a new food and drink hang-out to liven things up a bit! There are still plenty of great rewards available on our Crowdfunder Page (where you can buy Beer In The Bank tokens to spend this spring!) See you soon...

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Brighter times are coming, but things have been touch and go for Skinner’s during the pandemic. With the latest news that many pubs won't reopen until May, we are asking for your help to get over the final hurdle. We’d love to be there for you in the sunshine-filled, Lushingtons kind-of-days ahead!

For us specifically, 2020 was a perfect storm. Covid hit just as the business was in a key transition phase, leaving us extremely vulnerable. 

During this time, our tap room, brewery tours, onsite shop and the Old Ale House in Truro - and of course the whole of the UK - had to close, leaving us without key income generators. 

We’ve made it this far, and we can almost hear the first pints being poured. There is light at the end of the long Covid tunnel, and we have so many exciting plans for our beloved brewery. We just need YOU, our loyal Skinner’s crew, to carry us over the final hurdle and into that bright future, where we can all raise a pint together!

In case saving your favourite band of Cornish brewers wasn’t enough, we’ve come up with some awesome rewards to thank you for giving us a leg up.  

From first access to our new release of Chapel Rock, Crisp Cornish Session IPA (the first time we’ve bottled this beauty!) to signed prints celebrating our three core brands; from the ultimate brewday experience to a year’s worth of beer - the warm glow of appreciation awaits you - and there’s plenty of beer to go around too…

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Every week has felt like a marathon since March 2020 as we’ve battled some scary scenarios, all the while fearing for the future of our iconic brewery and close-knit team. 

Pubs, restaurants and hotels – accounting for up to 70% of our turnover – have been either closed or operating under restrictions for almost a year now and, like many other breweries, we are officially running on empty!

With the latest news that the majority of Britain's pubs won't be able to open for months yet (not all pubs have large outdoor areas, and even if they do opening exclusively outdoors may not be viable) there is a real danger that our operating costs will drag us under before then.

Covid also meant that so many exciting plans for new beers, tour experiences, tap room nights and community events simply didn’t happen. All of this has left us in a state of limbo we’d dearly love to put behind us.

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We’re the real thing! Skinner’s Brewery is woven into the fabric of Cornwall, and the incredible food and drink scene of the South West. We’re not a microbrewery, nor are we a giant, we’re simply an 100% independent quality brewery, owned and run by a husband and wife team, who employ a dedicated and passionate local workforce.

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Flying the Cornish Flag

We supply the best pubs in Cornwall, as well as flying the Cornish flag across the UK and beyond. Skinner’s have helped put Cornish beer on the map since 1997, first with Betty Stogs - which won Champion Best Bitter of Great Britain - and more recently with contemporary classics like Porthleven and Lushingtons.

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We love giving back!

From PTA raffles to helping transform Truro Cathedral into one huge dancefloor to raise money for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity, Skinner’s is proud to have given huge amounts of time and product to good causes in the local community.  

Alongside the Queen of Cornish Ales, Betty Stogs, we estimate we’ve raised over £500,000 for grassroots charities over the years (Betty, aka Fred Thomas, and her famous bucket has raised on her own in excess of £200k in just over 10 years, truly amazing!) Community is what we live for here at Skinner’s, and we can’t wait to get back into the thick of things again.

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We’ve got big plans! 

As an independent brewery we are agile, honest and passionate. We have plans for a whole host of new beers, plus introducing an exciting canned range. We stand on the cusp of a bright new era, if we could just make it through this sticky patch! And we cannot wait to welcome you back to the brewery for tours, tastings and exclusive experiences.

We bring the fun!

From quenching thirsty voices at the International Sea Shanty Festival, to pouring pint after pint at Falmouth Oyster Festival, you can always count on finding Skinner’s at the heart of a crowd (at least when such a thing was allowed!)

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The Old Ale House

Our brewpub, The Old Ale House, is one of the best places to enjoy a pint in the whole of Cornwall, and a great venue for live music in the heart of the city. We can't wait to get the beer flowing here again!

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Sales were down over 70% last year, leaving us with a huge hole in our finances that even the best cost-cutting measures won’t fix any time soon. But, on the plus side, we have survived so far by the skin of our teeth; our pride may be a little battered but our independence, aspiration and passion is intact.

We want to turn this incredibly tough experience into a positive, using this moment to reset and move forward with greater clarity and purpose than ever before. 

For example, online sales of bottles have been so successful that we are now determined to invest in a canning line to help us reach new audiences and also to reduce our environmental impact through transportation emissions. 

We’re not asking for handouts, we’re asking for a leg-up!

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1614261854_what's_the_plan.pngWe’re aiming to raise a minimum of £100,000 - enough to help keep us operational until the pubs finally reopen - first outdoors from 12th April and then hopefully fully from 17th May - and at long last our income begins to pick up again. 

The idea is that this will give us a cash injection to start brewing a wider range of beers for you to drink once again.  

It will also give us the financial impetus to initiate launchpad projects – improving the website, purchasing a canning line etc – all of which are designed to secure the future of the brewery in an exciting and sustainable form. 

Basically, we want your help to take us from surviving to thriving!

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We’ve put our heads together and come up with a range of rewards which offer bang for buck. 

From an exclusive release of Chapel Rock (in bottles - new and exclusively available first for Crowdfunder supporters) and early access to fresh merch, 'Beer In The Bank' beer vouchers, to post-Covid party invites, there are experiences here that only your generous support for the brewery can buy.

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Remember, beer and merchandise will arrive with supporters by the end of April - something to look forward to! Cost of delivery is included.

Now is the time to save our Skinner’s, so that we can raise a pint with you in the future! May Betty bless you all x 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

755 of 1000 claimed

Beer In The Bank (12 Pints)

12 x Pints of Skinner's Beer Voucher. To use at our new Brewery Tap Room & Beer Garden or the Old Ale House in Truro. Voucher valid from May 2021 to April 2023.

£20 or more

158 of 300 claimed

Skinner's Sea Shanty Sunday Session

New reward claxon! We’ve just released tickets to another great event which will take place here at the brewery on the 19th September; Skinner’s Sea Shanty Sunday Session! Pop £20 in our Crowdfunding pot and you’ll get entry to the party, and live music all day from shanty-singing friends of Skinner’s. Full line up to be confirmed. It’ll be an epic, Sunday afternoon session in our lovely new outdoor space. Shanties, Betty and Skinner's, perfect!

£30 or more

390 of 500 claimed

Exclusive Tasting Chapel Rock & Skinner's T Shirt

3 x Bottle Pack of Chapel Rock plus 1 x New Skinner's Brewery T Shirt

£45 or more

27 of 100 claimed

Exclusive Chapel Rock 18 Pint Beer In A Box

Exclusive Chapel Rock 18 Pint Beer In A Box (Poly Pin) Be the first to try our latest draught ale Chapel Rock 'Crisp Cornish Session IPA' in the comfort of your own home. Exclusive first tastings just our Crowdfunder Campaign supporters.

£50 or more

10 of 50 claimed

Message from Betty Stogs & Ticket to our Party

Personalised video message from Betty Stogs - up to 60 Seconds. Have a laugh with your family & friends with a surprise message from Betty. Plus 1 ticket to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£50 or more

38 of 50 claimed

A3 Core Beer Signed Print & Ticket to our Party

Quality Print - Choice of Betty Stogs, Lushingtons or Porthleven personalised & signed by Steve Skinner on request. Plus 1 ticket to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£50 or more

6 of 50 claimed

5% Discount on our Online Shop for 2 years

Get 5% off all Online Shop Orders for 2 years from May 2021 to April 2023 (Discount not valid with any other offer, 5% off full price products only)

£50 or more

310 of 400 claimed

Exclusive Chapel Rock Case & Skinner's T Shirt

Be the first to try our new bottled beer to be launched in May, Chapel Rock. Exclusive first tastings with a case of 12 x bottles of our new Cornish IPA + a new Skinner’s Brewery T shirt.

£50 or more

182 of 500 claimed

Beer In The Bank (20 Pints)

20 x Pints of Skinner's Beer Voucher. To use at our new Brewery Tap Room & Beer Garden or the Old Ale House in Truro. Voucher valid from May 2021 to April 2023.

£100 or more

40 of 50 claimed

Name on ‘Real Ale Folk Wall’ & Ticket to our Party

Yours or a loved one's name signwritten on our tasting room wall - to be unveiled at the P**S Up in a Brewery Party - Plus a new Skinner’s Brewery T shirt, Plus 1 ticket to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£100 or more

4 of 50 claimed

10% Discount on our Online Shop for 2 years

Get 10% off all Online Shop Orders for 2 years from May 2021 to April 2023 (Discount not valid with any other offer, 10% off full price products only)

£100 or more

67 of 500 claimed

Beer In The Bank (40 Pints)

40 x Pints of Skinner's Beer Voucher. To use at our new Brewery Tap Room & Beer Garden or the Old Ale House in Truro. Voucher valid from May 2021 to April 2023.

£120 or more

2 of 20 claimed

3 Core Beer Signed Prints & Ticket to our Party

Quality Set of Prints: Betty Stogs, Lushingtons and Porthleven all signed by our Founder Steve Skinner on request. Plus 1 ticket to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£200 or more

25 of 50 claimed

Ultimate Pub at Home Kit & 2 Tickets to Party

Your very own Pub at Home: 1 x case of your favourite Skinner's beer, 1 case of our new beer Chapel Rock, 1 x New Skinner's T Shirt for the bar staff, 12 x Skinner's Pint Glasses, 2 x Skinner's Bar Runners, 10 Skinner's Bar Towels, 200 x Drip Mats, Skinner's Bunting & Flag Banner. Plus 2 tickets to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£300 or more

71 of 150 claimed

A Year Of Beer & New Skinner's T Shirt

A case of 12 bottles of your favourite Skinner’s Ales posted each month for a year, also nice as a gift for the favourite beer drinker in your life - PLUS a new Skinner’s Brewery T-shirt with your first delivery

£500 or more

7 of 10 claimed

Brewing Experience & 2 Tickets to Party

Brew with our Brewing Team - for up to 2 people – the following week you can take home 2 x 36 pint polypin of the beer you help brew. PLUS a Skinner’s Brewery T-shirt for both + their names on our Real Ale folk Wall + 2 tickets to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£750 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Brewery Tasting Room for the Night

Book our Tasting Room for one of our World Famous Pint & a Pasty Brewery Tours – Max 50 People includes: 50 Pasties and 2 Barrels of Beer - Eve 7 till 10

£950 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Custom made Skindog Shortboard & Coaching Session

Custom made Skindog Shortboard (or Kids Board), designed & shaped personally for you by Ben Skinner at the Skindog Surfboard factory in Newquay after detailed consultation - plus coaching session with Ben & his son Lukas (Recent Winner of the Global Online Barton Lynch Blast Off) when board is ready.

£1,000 or more

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A Night with Betty Stogs at the Old Ale House

Great for a celebration or staff do. Exclusive night for you, your friends, family or work colleagues upstairs at the Old Ale House & of course in the company of Betty Stogs! – Max 50 People includes: 50 Pasties and 2 Barrels of Beer (Or 1 Barrel of Beer and 12 bottles of wine) - Eve 7.30 till 11.30

£1,700 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Custom made Skindog Longboard and Coaching Session

Custom made Skindog Longboard, designed & shaped personally for you by Ben Skinner at the Skindog Surfboard factory in Newquay after detailed consultation - plus coaching session with Ben & his son Lukas (Recent Winner of the Global Online Barton Lynch Blast Off) when board is ready.

£2,800 or more

2 of 5 claimed

960 Own Label Beer Bottles & 5 Tickets to Party

Your own label beer. 80 cases (960 bottles) of your own labelled beer for Corporate gifts, Wedding favours or any Special Occasion. We will work with you to design your own name and label and will apply to one of our beers at bottling. If you need more we can discuss! Plus 5 tickets to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£20 or more

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A BIG thank you & Ticket to our Party.

Every penny counts, and your generous donation to the cause will help us to ensure that Skinner’s Brewery weathers the storm and continues to trade for many years to come! Plus 1 ticket to the Skinner’s P**S Up in a Brewery Party!

£50 or more

50 of 50 claimed

A Night At The Brewery With The Oggymen & Betty

Enjoy a great night of Cornishness at the brewery with our friends the Oggymen Cornish singers and Betty. Pledge includes a pasty and Skinner's beer!

£50 or more

51 of 51 claimed

A Night At The Brewery With Will Keating & Friends

Come join folk singer Will Keating and friends for a night at Skinners Brewery to remember. 50 lucky Crowdfunders will have the brewery to themselves for the night, for an intimate concert. Special guests include legendary Cornish Singer-Songwriter Harry Glasson and Multi Award winning, world renowned Banjo player John Dowling! Pledge price includes beer and a pasty. Friday 25th June at 7:30-10:30 pm.

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