Betty Stogs

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Betty Stogs was a Cornishwoman in a folktale. She lived on moorland near Towednack, Cornwall, England. She had a six-month-old baby but was lazy and dissipated. The neglected baby was cared for by the fairies, who returned it clean and laid upon a bed of moss.[1]

A beer is now named Betty Stogs after this character. With an ABV of 4.0% it is brewed by Skinner's Brewery in Truro and won the CAMRA prize for Champion Best Bitter in 2008.[2]

Betty Stogs beer is also the subject of several songs. Lyrics of one can be found on the Skinners Brewery site,[3] whilst the Exmouth Shantymen[4] have their own version, performance of which is on YouTube.[5] and chorus:

"Farewell to your wines and whiskies
Your brandies and your grogs
I’d sail the world and back again
For a pint of Betty Stogs"


  1. ^ Robert Hunt, "Betty Stogs and Jan the Mounster", Popular romances of the west of England, 1, pp. 95–100 
  2. ^ Ben McFarland, World's Best Beers, p. 85 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  4. ^ "The original buoy band". Exmouth Shanty Men. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Exmouth Shantymen - A Pint of Betty Stoggs". YouTube. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2016-08-09.