Craft beer

Summer fun

Sorry for the radio silence guys it’s been a crazy couple of months here at Firebrand! we’ve been hard at work planning summer events and there’s plenty to look forward to, with Grillfest on July 23rd and Lanson beer festival on the 26th and 27th of August. Grillfest Poster A5 - no bleed

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Crowdfunding 2016

February 2016 will see the launch of our Crowdfunding project with Crowdcube, to upgrade the brewing equipment of our brewery, meet demand and take the business forward to the next level. More information will be coming soon, but in the meantime for more information, brochure and dates please get in touch at

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Firebrand Brewing Co’s vegan Cornish craft beer bottles available now

If you’ve ever popped in for a drink, you’ll know we’ve always got Firebrand Brewing Co’s Cornish craft beers on keg or cask alongside a range of others from around the UK and beyond.

You’ve been asking us to get the vegan-friendly bottled versions in too, so we’ve done just that. You can now enjoy Graffiti IPA, Cross Pacific Pale Ale, Rye PA, Black Saison and Double IPA any night of the week at just £2.50 per bottle or five for £10.

If you’ve yet to try them, check out this independent review.

Our bar is open from 5pm to 11pm daily. It contains the largest selection of craft beers in North Cornwall, with eight keg lines, four cask and dozens of bottles.

Current range on pallets

Oktoberfest 2015 runs all week


Our first Oktoberfest celebration kicked off this evening with a week-long festival of German beer, food, music and fancy dress.

Pints start at £2.50 and there’s a range of German drinks alongside British beers and ciders:

Firebrand Brewing Co – Oktoberfest
Erdinger – Weissbrau
Erdinger – Oktoberfest
Hofbräuhaus München – Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier
Hofbräuhaus München – Dunkel
Dortmunder Union-Brauerei – Vier
Cornish Orchards – Cornish Gold
Penpont Brewery – Cornish Arvor
Countryman Cider – Farm Scrumpy Medium Cider
Great Heck Brewery – Citra

And of course there are loads of bottles to sample if you make your way through that lot.

Oktoberfest beers


The food’s looking great too, with tonight’s specials a mixture of German, American and British influences. The The German Drinking Plate of homemade pickles, smoked and pickled Hunter’s sausage, chutney and dark rye bread goes particularly well with German lagers.

German drinking plate

Our front of house team have got into the spirit of things so feel free to join in if you enjoy a bit of fancy dress! Oktoberfest is on until Sunday, October 4th.



Get ready for a week-long free beer fest right here in Launceston

Oktoberfest poster

We couldn’t let Oktoberfest pass without getting in on the action and hosting our own from 28 September to 4 October. German food, great beer, music and lederhosen – what’s not to like?

Firebrand Brewing Co‘s making another batch of its classic Oktoberfest German-style beer and it’s the perfect excuse for us to stock the bar with drinks straight from Bavaria. Eddie’s also busy in the kitchen discovering the best German dishes to pair with local Cornish produce.

If you’d like to eat at a particular time then please book via to be sure of a table. There’s no need to book if you just want to enjoy the music and beer.

Free entry to Launceston Beer Festival


The third Launceston Beer Festival takes over the town square next Saturday 22 August with more than 30 beers and ciders, plus wine from Clio’s Van du Vin.

Entry is free all day from 11am to 11pm, leaving you with more cash to sample the great variety of ales on offer. Pints are just £3, and halves £1.50.

Already confirmed are:
Skinner’s Brewery
Harbour Brewing Company
Black Flag Brewery
Bude Brewery
St Austell Brewery
Bristol Beer Factory
Cornish Crown
Rebel Brewing Co
Firebrand Brewing Co
Penpont Brewery
Padstow Brewing Company
Sharp’s Brewery
Blue Anchor
Oakham Ales
Holsworthy Ales
Milk Street Brewery
Cornwall Cider Co
Cornish Orchards
Countryman Cider
And lots more TBA!

Firebrand Bar & Restaurant will be cooking up some tasty Cornish BBQ to line your stomach, and there’s live music from Jeff Horsey at 3.30pm, Out to Grass at 5.30pm and the Becca Langsford Trio at 8pm. Don’t worry about the weather – we’ll have marquees so you can drink in the dry.

All of Launceston Beer Cellar’s deli products are half price from 10am-2pm so pop in to see them in Ching’s Alley (opposite Firebrand Bar & Restaurant) while visiting the festival and pick up some tasty snacks to enjoy with your beer.

Launceston Beer Festival

Firebrand Brewing Co rated ‘must drink’

21 best

ShortList Magazine has featured Firebrand Brewing Co in its list of 21 best British craft beers you need to drink before you die and singled out the flagship Graffiti IPA for special mention. The beer’s been making waves across the country, with FHM labelling it “near perfect”. To celebrate, you can get your hands on a pint for just £2.50 all week at Firebrand Bar & Restaurant and find out what all the fuss is about.


Head brewer Joe Thomson brews Graffiti IPA just outside Launceston on Stephen Medlicott’s farm. The pulled pork you eat in the restaurant comes direct from the rare breed pigs kept at the brewery and fed on waste mash from the brewing process.


Meat, fire and music: Lanson Grill Fest

Well yesterday was pretty awesome! Who knew the people of Launceston loved meat, fire and music so much?

Lanson Grill Fest was absolutely rammed – so much so we actually had to cancel demos because there were too many people round the smokers! Meat and beer had to be restocked four times. We were gutted when the weather forced us to postpone it back in May but it turns out that was definitely the right thing to do.

A lot of people still think of barbecuing as being about charred sausages and undercooked chicken, so we wanted to show that it’s really about cooking over live fire using charcoal and wood, whether it’s smoking large joints of meat low and slow, or char grilling fresh seafood. Our chefs are always experimenting at the restaurant but it was even better to be able to bring it out into the town and make it accessible for everyone.

Just Pigs, No 8, Jericho’s, Bangers on the Go, Proper Pancakes, Sizzle Grills and Clio’s Van du Vin all joined in and the crowds clearly enjoyed it, resulting in an almost complete sell out.

Sizzle Grills deserve a special mention for the amazing spectacle of their Argentine barbecue. The beef tasted as great as it looked and we’ll definitely be trying out different ways of cooking inspired by them.

Saturday wasn’t just about big slabs of juicy meat though. There were art and craft stalls from Paige’s Paintings, Eccentric Ella, Diane Short and Karen Farrington, as well as lots of entertainment. Encore Kids did some quality face painting; McQueen’s Theatre School drew big crowds for their performances; local graffiti artist Dorian Weeks sprayed a piece to commemorate the event; the Big Dog Boogie Band played their great brand of blues; and Feral Fairy got the kids having a go at circus skills before putting on a fire display. The new Cornish Barbecue Company had their kit on display too. It was a busy day!

We’d also like to thank Launceston Voluntary First-Aid Service whose members supported the festival. It was awesome to be able to introduce them to our food.

People keep saying our events are exactly what Launceston needs more of, so we’re putting on Launceston Family Fun Day next Saturday, August 1 and the third Launceston Beer Festival on Saturday, August 22, both in the town square. See you there!

Try an award winning Firebrand beer for just £2.50

John Salter BreakOut IPA

Congratulations are due to Firebrand Bar & Restaurant chef and Firebrand Brewing Co brewer John Salter. After a few tweaks, his BreakOut IPA has picked up a silver in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National South keg competition.

BreakOut IPA

You can try BreakOut in the bar right now for just £2.50 per pint as our beer of the week. Or why not pick two other craft beers, real ales or ciders and opt for a flight of three 1/3 pints?

Beer flights

5 reasons why you should never drink beer

1. There’s just too much choice. Who wants to spend their time admiring beautiful artwork and discovering the perfect new IPA?

2. Beer is made from hops. It’s practically a vegetable.


3. Your drinking offends gorgeous women. No amount of beer is worth dashing your chances with a beautiful lady.


4. Scientists recommend beer as part of an athlete’s diet because it hydrates better than water. You don’t want anyone to confuse you for an athlete – it’s too much like hard work.

Beer athletes

5. You might end up pairing your beer with the perfect food match and missing out on that microwave meal at home.

Buffalo wings

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