Dynamite Valley are a community-based brewery in Ponsanooth, Cornwall. We spent the day with them to find out exactly what they do and how they develop their beers.
Ross and Dom are two friends who have the experience and excitement for making really good beer. They don’t want to take over the world, they just want to fill in the gaps in the local beer market, and that’s why they created a community brewery (Ross also has a great band worth checking out).
Ross told us in his own words what it’s all about. “We do sell throughout the UK including some big well known craft beer companies. We’re currently making 850 litres of beer a week but with our new kit it’s going to grow to 3000 litres, so we’re pushing and growing. We want to grow within our comfort zone though, not run before we can walk.
It’s nice that our model is doing well on that scale but our thing, first and foremost is being a community brewery. That’s what our brew pub is all about. The philosophy is for people to come in and interact with us and tell us what they want.”
Ross and Dom set up in 2015 after finishing one of the top ten Crowdfunder campaigns of that year. Being a community brewery means they have the freedom to be creative and try new and one-off brews. It also means they can listen to people.
One of their biggest supporters was Brian, a regular in their local pub. So when he passed away, Ross and Dom were able to create a beer just for him called Brian, to commemorate his life in the local community.
Ross explained that “We started with a small budget for a small kit to brew experimental beers and show people what we could do. We put our beers out there so people could see if our beers and community brewery were something that they wanted to invest in.
We’re local guys who are quite well known on the brewing and pub scene, so we had a lot of support and I think people wanted us to do well.
Most of our beer is 80% unfined as you get more out of the taste that way. Because we’re a community brewery we can explain that to people and make beer that other breweries here perhaps aren’t doing.
People can see where and how our beer is made and know that we have local suppliers. We like having day events in our beer café for families and supporters so they can come and see what we’re doing and get more involved, give us their opinions.
It’s a great place to work because we get to share it, play basketball and try beer.”