Constantine Cornwall

St Austell Brewery

July 2019

The July meeting of Constantine History Group saw members and guests visiting St Austell Brewery to learn about its history and the brewing process.

Walter Hicks, a young St Austell farmer mortgaged, his farm in 1851 and set up shop as a wine and spirit merchant in the town. He soon moved into brewing and purchased his first public house in 1863. Today the brewery is still a family business.

Local water and barley, hops from Kent and elsewhere and yeast form the key ingredients in the five brews that are completed each day. Different quantities of the ingredients and different barleys and hops enable a variety of tastes. The brewers are always experimenting using the small batch brewery, some of the products are only available online or from the brewery shop and often do not go into mass production. The most popular beer is Tribute (originally called Daylight Robbery after the Eclipse) which was first produced in 1999 by head brewer Roger Ryman.  Over 14 million pints are sold a year and 40,000 pints are produced each day. A six-acre field of Maris Otter barley produces 4 pints per square yard. The pub selling most pints is the Shipwright in Padstow.

The August meeting on Friday 16th will be a behind the scene visit to Falmouth Art Gallery at 18.30.

Guests welcome. Contact 01326 250604

Don Garman Hon. Sec.