St Austell and Mevagissey Guide Launch at the St Austell Brewery

Saturday 23 July 2016

St Austell and Mevagissey Guide is the latest edition to the CAMRA Kernow Cornish Real Ale pub Guide series. The launch was held at St Austell Breweries Visitor Centre & Hick’s Bar on Saturday 23rd July. The guide was officially launched by the Mayor of St Austell, Jackie Bull, who shares our passion for Real ale.

This is now the eighth edition to the CAMRA Kernow Cornish Real Ale pub Guide Series which are distributed throughout Cornwall and available for download from the branch website The guides produced so far are Bodmin and Lostwithiel, Falmouth, Fowey, Looe and Polperro, Newquay, Padstow and Wadebridge, St Ives, Truro and cover both town centres and rural pubs in the vicinity. The launch was held at the recently refurbished St Austell’s Brewery visitor’s centre. The home of Hick’s Bar and the Small Batch Brewery. The business Walter Hicks founded has been called St Austell Brewery since 1934, the walls of the centre telling the story from Walters’s first brew in 1851 and the 165 Years in the development of this family business.

The visitors Centre hosts a variety of equipment used over the years, and we were all given a tour through the story of brewing which is centred around the brand new small batch brewery. The small batch brewery distributes one off and seasonal brews throughout selected Cornish venues. Roger Ryman, head brewer was present tending to the 6 developing brews, 2 of which are being readied for the Great British Beer Festival.

The Mayor was passionate about acknowledging the success of St Austell’s Brewery with St Austell Breweries Tribute being one of the most recognisable Cornish Exports. Jackie was also very interested to hear about CAMRA member’s enthusiasm for real ale, breweries and pubs.

Great once again it was good to see so many CAMRA Kernow members supporting the launch. After the tour we were able to sample some of the small batch brews and traditional pasties. The tasting panel were also out in force tasting the many St Austell bottled beers, Big Job which was recently named SIBA Supreme National Champion Bottled Beer went down well! too name just one.

Thank you to St Austell Mayor Jackie Bull for attending the launch and a massive thank you to St Austell Brewery for hosting and sponsoring the St Austell and Mevagissey Guide Launch.

If you would like a copy of the guide you can download a copy of the St Austell and Mevagissey Real Ale Pub Guide here.