Cornwall thanks Skinner’s Brewery for ‘bringing happiness to so many people’ as it closes permanently

Cornwall has paid tribute to Skinner’s Brewery after it confirmed it will be going into administration on Monday. The independent, family-run business closed its Truro doors this week as a result of funding problems.

The brewery – renowned for beers such as Betty Stogs, Porthleven and Lushington’s – has appointed administrators and reassured customers that the Old Ale House pub in Truro city centre will not be affected.

Since yesterday’s announcement, Skinner’s has received an outpour of love from fans living in Cornwall and beyond. Dozens of beer lovers took to Twitter to express their sadness and thank the brewery for “bringing happiness to so many people”.

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BBC Radio Cornwall presenter James Churchfield wrote: “I’m so sorry to read this – beer’s not my poison but I know how hard you’ve worked to establish this and how loyal a following you have.” Cherilyn Mackrory, MP for Truro and Falmouth, added: “Thinking of you all. Let me know if I can help x”.

Numerous members of the public joined in and said that Skinners is now “part of the cultural landscape of Truro”. Phil Cater commented: “A Cornish institution. Deeply saddening. Really do feel for you”

Jackie Lees wrote: “So sad to read this. Our evenings out and home drinking won’t be the same. Really hope a buyer is found soon. Thoughts are with the whole Skinner’s team.”

Nicola Foxfield said: “Steve, we are so saddened to hear this. Your beer is our absolute favourite and the best I’ve ever drunk. If this is the end, I want you to know you’ve brought a lot of happiness to so many people.

“My husband is currently sat next to us in his Skinner’s t-shirt. We’re so grateful for you, so if there is anything we, the wider Skinner’s community, can do at this time let us know. We’re willing to fight for you!”

Matthew Collins added: “So sorry to hear, incredible beers, and a sad day for Cornwall. Having a couple tonight.” @StatsGeekGirl wrote: “So very sad to hear this. Many friends have worked for the company over the years and you’ve been an important part of life in Truro. Met the fella in the Ale House and will always blame the Porthleven. Ten years on, our son might not exist without you guys.”

Lou Gallie commented: “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe this! Let’s hope someone can give Betty a home, Skinners is a Cornish staple!”

Andrew Huxstep concluded: “This is such sad news. Your beers are second to none and an absolute credit to you and your team. I’m sure you will find a buyer soon though of such a premium product. Wishing you all the luck and support.”

A statement issued by the brewery yesterday read: “Steve Skinner sole owner of Skinners brewery is deeply saddened to announce that as of week commencing Monday 3rd October, Skinner’s Brewery will enter into administration. The firm appointed official administrators are Bishop Fleming.

“Our strong hope is that a buyer can be found, and that the brewery in some form will continue to be part of life in Cornwall for many years to come. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, stockists, suppliers, the ‘Skinner’s Beer Tribe’ and the whole community for so many years of steadfast support. Please be reassured that the Old Ale House is not affected by this and will remain open at all times as it is not owned directly by the brewery. We hope to bring you further updates soon.”

Skinner’s has been at the heart of the Cornish beer scene since 1997, supplying independent pubs in Cornwall and selling directly to customers in store and online. However, Mr Skinner and his wife, Elaine, had said they feared the brewery would go bust during the Covid pandemic and had launched a crowdfunding campaign at the time.

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