Beer on a Red Mission

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A beer brewed specially for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) has so far raised £600 of vital funds to keep the helicopter flying.

The Driftwood Spars in St Agnes developed Red Mission, a red-coloured beer of which 25p from each bottle sold plus 10p from each pint goes directly to the Cornish charity.

Front row L-R: Louise Treseder (landlady of Driftwood Spars), Paula Martin (CEO of CAAT), brewer Pete Martin, back row: Damon Rutland and Caroline Williams from the Driftwood Spars

The award-winning pub and micro-brewery handed over the donation at the sponsors evening of the fourth annual Sausage and Ale Festival last weekend.

A special Red Mission sausage was also developed by the Kernow Sausage Company as part of the weekend’s festivities.

A total of 140 kilos of sausages and over 3,400 pints were sold at the festival, which featured 40 beers and 10 ciders from across Cornwall and the UK.

Landlady of the Driftwood Louise Treseder said: “We’ve been blown away by the success of Red Mission and continue to brew the beer because it’s become so popular.

“It has hints of caramel and chocolate  in the malt and is not too strong so it’s ideal for summer drinking. It’s also proved to be a tasty ingredient for sausages, as we discovered this weekend!”

Paula Martin, chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, said: “We’re delighted that a drink brewed especially for our charity has become a permanent fixture behind the bar at the Driftwood, raising vital funds for the air ambulance.

“Real ale is a huge part of Cornwall’s food and drink culture so it’s a great fit for our fundraising mission, although we always promote the message of enjoying Red Mission responsibly.”