Despite the downpours, revellers came in their droves to the 14th Celtic Beer Festival at St Austell Brewery on Saturday (24th November) and celebrated their way to raising more than £12,000 for the Brewery’s Charitable Trust.
By 1pm, the Victorian wine cellars underneath Brewery were already full to capacity and a one-in-one-out system was in place.
Throughout the day, more than 2000 guests came together to sample new St Austell Brewery ales, live music and Cornish pub food.
Alongside the 35 St Austell brews on offer, more than 160 ales and beers from other local and regional breweries helped make up the festival’s stellar line up.
On the bar next to the St Austell Brewery favourites like Tribute and Proper Job, the highlights included Ruby Jack, a 4.5% abv red ale brewed to honour 19th Century Cornish World heavyweight champion, Bob Fitzsimmons, known as Ruby Jack.
Another firm festival favourite was the 1913 Original Stout, a4.5% abvCornish stout, recreated from an old St Austell Brewery journal.
Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Marketing and Communications at St Austell Brewery, said: “The bad weather certainly didn’t put a dampener on the spirits of festival-goers on Saturday. Despite the heavy rain, we reached full capacity very early on and were on a par with last year’s numbers, whilst also raising valuable funds for St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust.”
Jeremy added: “The Celtic Beer Festival has certainly grown to become of the main calendar events for beer and ale drinkers in the south west and it is also one of the most popular parties on Cornwall’s social calendar.”
Since its launch in 2003, the St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust has raised more than £300,000 for local charities in the Brewery trading area across Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.
For more information visit: www.stasutellbrewery.co.uk