A Cornish brewery has issued a shock statement this evening to say it is about to enter administration.

Skinner’s Brewery has produced ales beloved by beer drinks across the country, including the popular Porthleven, Lushingtons and of course Betty Stogs, which has taken on a life of its own with Betty becoming a real-life mascot.

The company suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, with pubs forced to close for so long and it also having to close its popular brewery tours.

There were celebrations when the tours finally got back up and running again in July this year, with owner Steve Skinner indicating at the time the difficulties the brewery had faced since March 2020, saying: “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.”

Falmouth Packet: Brewery owner Steve Skinner last year Picture: Cameron SmithBrewery owner Steve Skinner last year Picture: Cameron Smith (Image: Cameron Smith)

However, this evening (Friday) Skinner’s issued a statement on its Facebook page to say: “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.

“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.”

Falmouth Packet: Ales include Lushingtons, Chapel Rock and of course Betty StogsAles include Lushingtons, Chapel Rock and of course Betty Stogs (Image: Skinner's Brewery)

The news has prompted an outpouring of support and sorrow from shocked fans.

One wrote: “This is terrible news and I really hope a buyer can be found and thanks to Steve and the team for their brilliant beer.”

Another said: “Absolutely gutted, Steve has always worked so hard and supported so many clubs and charities,” while a third summed up the feelings of many by writing: “To say this news is heartbreaking is an understatement. Ultimately as long as the staff are healthy and happy life will go on, but we earnestly hope the brewery finds good hands going forward.”