How do you say Rurban?
For us, Rurban rhymes with Bourbon or Turban, but we really don't care. Say it however you want. There are harder things to say ;)
Do you offer samples and tours?
We have always held a "try before you buy" philosophy in our retail shop, and so offer samples from the same cans and batch as the ones in the store. Impromptu tours are available if we are not too busy; otherwise, we are happy to try and arrange tours on request. There is no charge for samples or tours.
Where can we buy Rurban beer?
Unpasteurized and unfiltered beer in cans, kegs, and sale-by-the-glass are available at our retail shop. Unpasteurized and unfiltered cans and draft for present consumption are available at our local supporters.
Do you do Growlers?
Yes! Bring in a clean growler, or get one of ours, and we'll fill it for you - just remember, growlers are best consumed within 24 hours of filling. We also do 473 mL (16 oz) cans, sometimes 355 mL (12 oz) cans for higher alcohol beers, 30L kegs, and a tiny number of 20L kegs, all packaged on site, by us, that will last a little longer than a growler will.
How should the beer be kept?
Keep them COLD (i.e., sub 50F/10C), and drink them FRESH. Our beer is neither pasteurized nor filtered, so treat the beer like you would a keg. If you have never handled kegs, treat the beer as you would milk, cheese, deli meat, or unpasteurized cider.
Why Unpasteurized & Unfiltered?
We like living things. We don't process or add unlisted downstream chemicals (e.g., head retenters, shelf-life extenders) to our beer to kill it so it's possible to have it sit on a shelf at room temperature for long periods of time. The act of filtering beer involves hazardous materials, produces hazardous byproducts, and strips a lot out of the beer itself. Beer, like artisanal bread, charcuterie, or cheese, is meant to be living, have a shelf life, and to be best consumed when it is released for sale. If you don't like that idea, don't buy our beer.
Why isn't Rurban more widely available?
We're not looking to build an empire here. We are an independent, small-batch, brick-and-mortar brewery in Cornwall that has always said our primary mandate is Cornwall and SD&G. We are small. Our beer is not pasteurized, not filtered, not centrifuged, and contains no downstream processing. We don't have a CEO, marketing department, analytics department, customer retention strategist, or conglomerate directing us. We don't induce influencers to write reviews, we don't send care packages to beer writers, we block users on social media channels who ask us to send them free beer and glassware so they can pile more spam on the Intertwit, and we don't do "keg deals", "tap fees", "free beer" or any other crappy inducement for any pouring partner. We sell beer, not a lifestyle. We have never contracted out production of our beer to have another brewery pretend they're us, and we never will. You don't get more authentic than us.
Why isn't Rurban at more festivals?
See the above. We support many local festivals and initiatives in Cornwall and SD&G, and every once in a while, we end up further out.
What local support?
We support over 40 local organizations during the course of a year, and donate a significant amount to do so. We prefer to try and help make the world a better place, and punch well above our weight to do it. Slainte.