Tresco Real Ale Festival Starts Today

The 21st Tresco Real Ale Festival starts today.

And over the next four days, New Inn landlord Robin Lawson expects around 2,500 pints to be drunk from 32 kegs.

The twice-yearly event has grown in popularity over the years and last year’s autumn cider festival proved to be the pub’s biggest event to date.

This weekend’s booze will be supplemented by bands and boats, with live music each day and a mixed-up gig race on Sunday at 1pm.

Rowers will be encouraged to enter a crew of 3 men and 3 women to row from the Holman at the end of Appletree Bay back to New Grimsby. The Jubilee Cup race was started for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Robin says the event attracts a large number of islanders. But he said some visitors also come specifically for the festival and he’s now started offering special packages with beer tasters, T-shirts and tankards.

Robin Lawson, landlord of the New Inn on Tresco

Robin says one of the real ales is brewed using an American process, in a closed fermentation vessel, which completely changes the flavours.

It comes from the Harbour Brewery in Newquay, which has only been going for a few months.

Robin says it’s interesting how people show some regional bias in their beer choices, often asking for Cornish or Scillonian beers, although he says they tend to avoid beers from their home region, as they can get those when they go back.