Banana, satsuma and even whisky are just some of the flavours described in St Austell’s Head Brewer’s top five beers to try ahead of the Celtic Beer Festival, which takes place on Saturday 28th November.
The festival is one of the biggest in Cornwall and will offer punters a choice of over 170 different beers, ales and stouts, including the recently launched Mena Dhu Six Malt Cornish Stout. In addition there will also be a selection of beers brewed especially for the festival thanks to the new small batch brewery development on-site.
Brewing Director and Head Brewer, Roger Ryman, shares his top five beers for this year’s festival;
Pacific Jade – strong blonde ale brewed with New Zealand ‘Pacific Jade’ hops with hints of cereal, banana and fruit
Smoking Guns – inspired by the wood-smoked beers of Bamberg, Germany, with an aroma of beach wood smoked malt
Vanilla & Bourbon Porter – a dark malty beer brewed with loads of fresh vanilla with added bourbon whiskey making it deep and complex
East of the Tamar EPA – new experimental English hops delivering distinctive tangerine and satsuma flavours to this English Pale Ale
Underdog Session IPA – a light 3.5% beer packed with Simcoe, Galaxy and Styrian Cardinal hops
Roger Ryman, said: “We have been able to brew an exciting range of limited edition brews for the festival this year. We have been experimenting with flavours and potentially creating styles which could become one of our leading brands, which was the case for Tribute, Proper Job and Korev, which all started as experimental brews.
“All of the brewers in the brewing team have had the opportunity to brew on the small batch brewery to create their own beers and use their own ideas to create a diverse range of beers. Some of the brewers will also be working on the bar at the festival, so there will be the opportunity to meet the people who brewed the beer.
“My top five suggestions are a real mixture, with some being an acquired taste, but that is the beauty of the beer festival, as it allows beer lovers to experiment and try new things.”
St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer festival doors will open from 11am – 11pm on Saturday 28th November, with tickets sold on the door at £10 per person. This includes a commemorative festival glass, 2 x ½ pint beer tokens and a festival brochure with extra tokens available for purchase.
There'll also be guest ales from all members of the Cornwall Brewers' Alliance, so you can see for yourself why Cornwall is staking a claim as the best beer producing county in the land.
For more information, visit www.staustellbrewery.co.uk.
St Austell Brewery is using a world of flavours to create its latest collection of innovative beers with the creation of a Small Batch Brewery.
Famous for its award winning cask and bottled ales, the company is set to offer a range of new and exciting brews as it continues to deliver more choice for beer lovers, with a selection of small batch beers available at this year’s Celtic Beer festival taking place in the cellars of St Austell Brewery on November 28th.
Taking inspiration from all corners of the world, St Austell Brewery will be producing everything from Belgian beer to Eden Project-inspired pints.
Roger Ryman, brewing director at St Austell Brewery, said: “All of our leading brands, including Tribute, Proper Job and Korev, started as experimental brews. With the Small Batch Brewery we can produce more limited edition beers, some of which could be the new brands of the future.”
One of the first beers brewed in the small batch brewery was a Belgian style dubbel beer called Cardinal Syn, which is a rich malty beer with some spicy characteristics, and will be available at this year’s beer festival.
The Small Batch Brewery will build on the success of the company’s previous micro-brewery. But with the opportunity to brew 3,000 pints at any one time instead of the previous 600, St Austell Brewery is keen to provide its managed estate with a constantly changing selection of new styles for customers to experience.
“We brew some fantastic beers for the St Austell Brewery Beer Festival and other events and wanted to be able to share them with more people than ever before,” said Rob Orton, brewing team leader at St Austell Brewery.
“This gives us the opportunity to build on our brewing skills and create a whole new world of beers for people to enjoy. People’s tastes are changing and we want to reflect this by showcasing the amazing styles that we can produce here.”
The Brewery will supply 35 St Austell Brewery pubs with the new styles, with pubs joining a small batch beer club to make the most of the latest tipples coming out of the brewery.
“People are becoming a lot more aware of what they enjoy and they are curious,” added Rob, “but this isn’t just about making new beers. It is about perfecting recipes and increasing our knowledge as brewers, learning how different ingredients work at different stages.
“There are well over 100 varieties of hops that all give different flavours so we are looking forward to playing with flavours and styles and making good quality beer as we always have.”
The Small Batch Brewery is now open with the first of its runs being pulled at this year’s Celtic Beer Festival. Visitors to St Austell Brewery will also be able to see the creative beer making process first hand as the Small Batch Brewery becomes part of the company’s enhanced visitor experience in 2016.
Want to find out more about why St Austell Brewery are developing the Small Batch Brewery? Click here for a short video with Roger Ryman down with the new equipment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIe1GS_YIFk
The Celtic Beer Festival is on Saturday 28th November and will open from 11am – 11pm with tickets sold on the door at £10 per person. This includes a commemorative festival glass, 2 x ½ pint beer tokens and a festival brochure with extra tokens available for purchase.
For more information, visit www.staustellbrewery.co.uk
The first pint of Mena Dhu Six Malt Cornish Stout was poured by St Austell Brewery’s Head Brewer Roger Ryman on International Stout Day, November 5th, at the Samuel Jones Smoke & Ale House in Exeter.
Mena Dhu - its Celtic name meaning Black Hill in Cornish - is a unique blend created from six varieties of malt. Complex and flavoursome, the brew is also deceptively light and refreshing with a subtle oak smoked aroma, hints of dark chocolate on the palate and hues of liquorice to finish.
The 4.5% new stout launched by St Austell Brewery will be available in draught and in 500ml bottles (bottle conditioned). The initial distribution will be in the South West, with the brewery aiming to make Mena Dhu available nationally very soon.
Roger Ryman Brewing Director and Head Brewer for St Austell Brewery, said: “I am really excited to be introducing Mena Dhu stout to our range of award winning beers. Mena Dhu completes our range of beers such that we can now offer a beer to suit every palate and occasion, be it a clean crisp lager, bright and zesty IPA or a rich and wholesome stout.
“Mena Dhu is our first dark beer for some time and I am delighted with the balance, flavor and presentation of this beer. Mena Dhu is a complex and satisfying brew that puts others in the dark!’’
The recipe for Mena Dhu uses six malts: pale, crystal, chocolate, malted oats, smoked malt and roasted barley; with one variety of hops called English fuggles. A subtle addition of liquorice root has also been added to give extra complexity.
The Samuel Jones in Exeter serves a constantly changing range of 18 craft ales from around the world including the USA and New World.
The historic venue in Exeter’s waterfront district was transformed by St Austell Brewery a year ago into a modern, industrial-feel pub and restaurant.
St Austell Brewery has been brewing real ale in Cornwall since 1851, and runs 169 historic and picturesque pubs, hotels and inns across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
The award-winning St Austell Brewery is expanding its industry-leading staff training to benefit other hospitality businesses across the South West.
A refurbished training and development centre called Academy 1851 has opened at St Austell Brewery’s base in Cornwall to offer a range of practical training courses at varying levels for the licensed hospitality industry in the region to access.
Building on its already enviable success as a business renowned for its existing in-house investment in staff, the brewery is widening its training and development service to enable other South West companies to better train and develop their own staff without having to travel further afield.
Academy 1851, which officially launched on Wednesday 4th November, will offer a one-stop shop for the region’s catering and hospitality businesses to access first-class industry training in the Westcountry.
Courses ranging from specialist Barista training and cellar management to, food hygiene and advanced wines and spirits will be available, and can be delivered on site at the customer’s premises in some cases..
Jackie Scarfe, People Director at St Austell Brewery, said: “St Austell Brewery has achieved incredible growth over the years, and we firmly believe that our success is due in large part to investing in our workforce, as by giving staff the very best training available, they grow along with the business.
“We are delighted to be able to widen the industry-leading training we offer with the launch of Academy 1851, which will directly benefit businesses across the South West in the hospitality sector. The facility will enable those working in pubs, hotels, restaurants and bars across the region to take advantage of the expertise, knowledge and experience we have accrued over the years.
“It is essential, especially in the South West, that we meet the ongoing challenges of recruiting and retaining staff in the hospitality industry, and our aim in creating Academy 1851 is to help businesses in this field to find it easier to support their staff to develop their careers, making their job prospects more attractive, and helping to keep the best staff in the region.”
Academy 1851 takes its name from the year St Austell Brewery was founded, with the company known to be one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall.
Today St Austell Brewery is one of only 30 independently family-owned brewers in the UK, and has achieved enviable success as the South West’s largest wholesale distributor of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks, serving more than 3,000 free trade accounts.
The multi-award winning company also owns 167 pubs and inns across the South West, and employs over 1,000 people, including part-time and seasonal staff.
The brewery’s own staff are already trained on site, along with staff working at many of the brewery’s tenanted public houses. The training facility is also already used to deliver some external training such as the Personal Licence qualification and Food Hygiene.
Each course available at Academy 1851 will train delegates to the very highest industry standards in the chosen discipline, with specialised coaching provided from the brewery’s acclaimed in-house team, along with highly qualified professional freelance trainers with extensive experience in the sector.
St Austell Brewery is Grade 1 accredited with the BIIAB Bench Marketing and Accreditation Services, as well as a registered provider for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
It also works closely with the BIIAB, CPL and Truro and Penwith College to ensure all of its training courses remain at the highest industry standard.
For more information about Academy 1851 and the training courses available, visit www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/