Friday, August 14, 2009 - 11:45

An event celebrating Cornwall’s rich brewing culture and a chance to sample the county’s finest beers and ciders returns to the Eden Project from August 22 to 31.

As well as Eden Pure Ale, the Sharp’s Brewery beer developed with Eden to prove than an environmentally-friendly tipple can still taste great, and Honey Spice Beer, a new Sharp’s and Eden concoction, visitors will be able to sample beers from more than 20 different breweries.

Among the many ales to taste there is the Atlantic Gold from the Atlantic Brewery, Black Pearl from the Wooden Hand Brewery, Even Keel from the Keltek Brewery and Scuppered from the most south-westerly brewery in the UK, Ales of Scilly, based on St Mary’s of the Isles of Scilly.

The Brilliant Beer Company have provided a tasting wheel for visitors to rate the beers they sample for taste and aroma.

As well as tasting all that’s on offer, visitors can also attend homebrew demos, talks about brewing, listen to the live music on the stage, get tips on growing an orchard from Eden’s horticultural team and visit the on-site theatre to watch the film The Last Hop Garden in Marden, a film about the processes involved in creating beers.

Bethany Lewitt, Eden’s Events Manager, said: “This year the Ale Festival has pulled out all the ‘hops’ for a great week long event. With 17 breweries involved and 35 ales to taste it’s going to be heady.

“There’s nothing quite like sipping a pint in a sunny beer garden and this festival will see Eden transformed into probably the greatest beer garden in the world!”

Between July 27 and September 6, Eden’s team of bushcraft and survival experts will be on site every day to demonstrate essential survival skills, including making fire without matches, building shelters, foraging for food and constructing rafts.

Entry to the Great Eden Ale Festival is included in standard Eden admission (adults £16, seniors £11, students £8, children £5, families £38). Allow Eden to treat your normal admission fee as a gift and get free entry for a year. For more details, call 01726 811972 or visit