A Cornish brewery has announced the return of its popular brewery tour, after a break of more than two years.

The behind-the-scenes tours of Skinner’s riverside brewery in Truro – its home for 20 years – have always been in high demand but were rendered impossible when Covid-19 struck.

Co-director Steve Skinner said: “The tours were really the first thing to go in March 2020, as we tried to limit any unnecessary risk for both our staff and the public.

"We never dreamed back then that it would be such a long road to recovery, but this summer we’re thrilled to welcome visitors back into the heart of the operation once again.”

Pre-booked tours resume from this Monday (July 25) and will take place three times a day, at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

The hour-long tour takes guests around the entire brewing operation, giving them an opportunity to see some of the beers, such as Betty Stogs, Porthleven and Lushingtons, being made before their eyes.

Ales include Lushingtons, Chapel Rock and of course Betty Stogs

Ales include Lushingtons, Chapel Rock and of course Betty Stogs

Steve said: “People are always fascinated to understand how the raw ingredients they see in our stores are turned into the different styles of beers we make.

"They can watch our experienced brewers in action and ask our knowledgeable tour guides questions along the way. We’ve been brewing on this site by the river in Truro since 2002, so there’s a lot of history to soak up too.”

The tours, which cost £20 per person, finish with a tutored sampling session in the brewery’s official tasting room.

The tour price also entitles guests to 10% off beer and merchandise at the Tap Yard Bar, and 10% off at Skinner’s city pub The Old Ale House, for the day of their visit.

The return of brewery tours is just the latest step in Skinner’s plan to make their riverside headquarters a busy community space, which The Tap Yard Bar also a venue for food pop-ups and acoustic music sessions.

Events are planned to launch new beers during the summer and beyond, and the brewery has indoor and outdoor spaces available for private hire.

Find out more or book a tour online.