As one of the longest established family brewers’ in the UK, St Austell Brewery is steeped in history and has its roots firmly in the town.
Walter Hicks founded the brewery back in 1851, taking a major gamble and leap of faith by mortgaging his farm for £1,500 to fund the enterprise.
More than 160 years later, St Austell Brewery continues to produce some the county’s favourite beers, lagers and ales and employs over 1,000 people.
But it’s not all about their own beer, St Austell Brewery is also the South West’s leading wholesale supplier to the licensed hospitality sector, delivering beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks to nearly 5,000 bars hotels, pubs and clubs in South West England.
As well as producing some of Cornwall’s favourite tipples, St Austell Brewery also own around 200 pubs, inns and hotels across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, offering the perfect location whether you’re looking for a boutique break, romantic beach hideaway or luxury coastal stay.
The Brewery’s headquarters on Trevarthian Road is not just where the brewing actions happens, but is also home to the annual Celtic Beer Festival. The event has grown to be hugely popular and a ‘must do’ in locals’ social calendars. Held in the ancient cellars, visitors can choose from a massive range of different ales, stouts and lagers, along with entertainment from live bands.
Brewery HQ also boats a recently refurbished Visitor Centre and Hicks Bar. The centre gives you the chance to discover the secrets behind their award winning ales and 160-year-old brewing process – there’s even the bonus of getting to enjoy some samples.
Meanwhile Hicks Bar is on hand to serve you a hearty pub meal, pick from daily specials or enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and slice of cake. The visitor experience can be topped off with a trip to the visitor centre shop, to pick up some souvenirs from your visit and gifts for all occasions.
For more information about the Brewery, visit www.staustellbrewery.co.uk