Skinner’s brewery, based in Truro Cornwall and established in 1997, commissioned leading illustrators earlier on in the year from the worlds of music and fashion to re-design the labels for their excellent range of beers and ales.
Head Taster, Steve Skinner said: “We have always known that the unique personality of each of our ales is what our customers love and our research backed this up. We made the decision to collaborate with a different illustrator for each of our core beers to celebrate this and allowed them the freedom to truly capture the spirit and individuality of each ale.”
Cornish Trawler’s tattoo inspired design has been illustrated by Alex T Frazer, who works with many musical artists including Mogwai, The Drowning Men and Ben Folds Five.
Cornish Knocker has been reimagined by Joe McLaren, an artist who has worked widely in newspapers and publishing, illustrating the work of such luminaries as Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Bronte, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, Andrew Motion and John Betjeman. This Golden Ale was Skinners original brew and is full of delicate hop aromas and just about manageable as a session beer at 4.5%.
Hops ‘n’ Honey’s charming look comes from the pen of Rose Forshall, whose work has graced such diverse canvases as The Times, the Port Eliot Festival, Waitrose, Garden Illustrated, Anthropologie and Baker Tom. This honeyed ale is well balanced and offers a perfect compromise between the added honey and citrus flavours.
Stevie Gee, an underground artist who has designed for Paul Smith, Vans, Penguin and the Archie Bronson Outfit, has captured Porthleven’s spirit. A stronger beer at 4.8% this is full of character and flavour and one of my favourites but I am a pale ale fan. Hoppy flavours here are great and the Citra really stands out for me.
Lushingtons’ beautiful label has been created by ASide, a dynamic Cornwall based team of illustrators that have worked with pioneering brands such as Origins Coffee Roasters, Dorset Cereals and the Port Eliot Festival.
Penny Come Quick’s artist Chris Odgers is an illustrator and fine artist who’s tackled everything from album covers and graphic novels to large scale wall installations and commissions from private collectors.
And, last but not least, Nick Beringer has brought new life to his classic Betty Stogs design, putting her front and centre as Cornwall’s good time girl. Nick has been a key partner for Skinner’s since the brewery’s inception. A copper ale with a distinct but lovely citrus bitterness running through it complementing the malty characteristics.