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30th November 2023

Brewing apprentices collaborate to create special edition Christmas beer

Four of St Austell Brewery’s apprentices have joined together to create a special Christmas beer to round off a successful 2023.

Secret Santa was designed by Cavan Lewis, Joe Baker, Finn Price and Josh Bonner, who completed their brewing apprenticeships with HIT training at Nottingham University’s International Centre for Brewing Science in September. The brew is the last of three special edition beers produced across this year.

Brewing Director of St Austell Brewery, Georgina Young, said: “The apprentices were brimming with ideas for our special edition Christmas beer, and coming together to create it has been a great way to celebrate their recent shared success of graduation.”

Josh wanted to use pine needles, Joe wanted to use fruit, Finn wanted to use Pheonix hops and Cavan wanted to use rye.

The ingredients produced a rich mahogany coloured 4.3% abv ale with red rye crystal and oats complementing the base malt to make a warming beer which has been bittered with British Bramling Cross hops which contribute hedgerow fruit flavours.

Phoenix and Brambling Cross hops, also British, gave the beer chocolate and spice, whilst plum fruit was added to bring some Christmas magic.

Secret Santa is now available across selected St Austell pubs.


For more information contact:

Charlotte Turner, Press Officer / 07977 564900

About St Austell Brewery: 

Independent, family-owned St Austell Brewery was established in Cornwall in 1851. Fast forward 172 years, and the company’s range of award-winning beers – including Tribute pale ale, Proper Job IPA and korev lager – are available in pubs and supermarkets nationwide.

The business owns over 180 pubs, inns, and hotels across the West Country – including managed houses and tenancies. It also operates two breweries, in St Austell and Bath, having acquired fellow West Country brewer, Bath Ales in 2016.

With a network of six depots across the West Country – from St Columb to Wimborne – the company is the leading wholesale drinks distributor in the region.

For more information contact:

Charlotte Turner, Press Officer / 07977 564900

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