Beer and music lovers are gearing up for one of the biggest parties of the year as preparations take place for the 12th annual St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival on Saturday, November 27.
Real ale fans are in for an extra special treat as award-winning head brewer Roger Ryman and his team will be using the event as a test-run for a new ale, as yet unnamed, which St Austell Brewery plans to launch in 2011. The new beer is a 3.8% abv full-bodied and easy drinking ale brewed with Cornish water and Cornish-grown barley and featuring peach aromas from Galaxy hops grown near Launceston (Tasmania).
Festival goers will also have the chance to try St Austell Brewery’s Cornish lager Korev (Cornish for Beer) on draught for the first time, along with a fantastic selection of seasonal and specially-brewed ales.
Included among Roger’s special brews are:
• Raisin’s to be cheerful – A spiced Christmas ale with real raisins. Strong, fruity and very festive.
• James’ Flemish Red – A carefully nurture blend of oak aged red ales selected by Master Blender James Vincent. Typical of Flemish Red ales of Flanders in Belgium with a complex vineous aroma and tart, refreshing palate.
• Chocolate Wheat – A Bavarian style Dunkel Weiss, with added whole chocolate, cinnamon and Caraco orange.
• Bullseye Bitter – A medium bodied pale ale with golding and English Target hops. Here’s what you could have won!
Together with the Brewery’s range of award winning ales there will be more than 100 great beers from across the UK and Europe’s Celtic regions at the festival, which also features a line-up of eight live bands from midday to 11pm.
The event will be held in the atmospheric surroundings of the old wine cellars and vaults beneath the Victorian brewery and its historic rum store.
Last year the hugely popular event attracted a record 3,000 beer and music lovers, and raised an amazing £12,000 for the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust, which donates thousands of pounds to deserving causes across Devon and Cornwall each year.
Roger said: “We are all looking forward to this year’s beer festival, which has become a must-visit event in Cornwall’s social diary. It’s one of the biggest parties of the year – last year people were queuing out of the door – and there’s always a fantastic atmosphere.
“The brewing team have all been working hard coming up with new brews to delight the crowds and we can’t wait to hear what people think!”
Live music on the day will come from 3 Daft Monkeys, Martin Skewes, Mr Postman, Mosquitoes, 3 Minute Warning, Mark and the Acrobats, Grey Dog, Gallow Glass and Lenny’s Sing-a-long.
Food will be provided by a team of Brewery chefs – all using fresh Cornish produce.
The St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival takes place between 11am and 11pm on Saturday November 27. Tickets are £10 per person (available at the door) and include a polycarbonate commemorative pint glass, programme and three drinks tokens. Extra drinks tokens are available at £1.25 for each half pint / £2.50 a pint.