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Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

Top five beers to try at the Celtic Beer Festival

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.

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