Back in December 2013 I wrote the article below about the launch of the Cornish brewed River Cottage EPA.
I said I looked forward to trying it. I never did get around to doing so.
I recently got an email from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage advertising River Cottage EPA. River Cottage EPA is being brewed by Skinners of Truro, Cornwall. They say it is a 4% English Pale Ale made with Cornish malted barley that is available both in bottles and on draught. Of course this is not the River Cottage organisation's first marketing tie up with a brewery. Until fairly recently the Badger brewery of Hall and Woodhouse were producing River Cottage Stinger Organic Ale, a beer with added stinging nettles. It would seem the collaboration between Blandford Forum based Hall and Woodhouse and River Cottage has come to an end. Stinger beer proudly proclaimed the fact it was organic, River Cottage EPA makes no such claim. I don't know how well River Cottage Stinger Organic Ale from Dorset's Badger Brewery sold. It was launched with something of a flourish back when stinging nettle eating competitions were being featured on the River Cottage Channel 4 television series. Had sales of Stinger tailed off? Hall and Woodhouse have also recently updated their marketing image, with newly designed bottle labels. Perhaps Stinger Ale no longer fitted the mould? I wish Skinners good luck with their new collaboration. I have bought Skinners Betty Stogs on draught in pubs and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also picked up a couple of bottles of Skinners Cornish Knocker in Tesco a few days ago that I haven't had a chance to sample yet. I look forward to trying River Cottage EPA in the near future.