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23rd September 2019

Brewing up the perfect blend: St Austell Brewery collaborates with the Two Thirsty Gardeners on tea-inspired beer

(l-r): Rich Hood, Nick Moyle and Rob Orton

St Austell Brewery has collaborated with bloggers, the Two Thirsty Gardeners, on its upcoming Small Batch Brew. The limited-edition pale ale is brewed with hand-picked wild hedgerow hops and is infused with a blend of lemon verbena and gunpowder tea.

The Thirsty Gardeners (4.3% abv) – named after the green-fingered duo – boasts crisp, refreshing notes of green tea and lemon sherbet, with a floral aroma. The beer is brewed with Lemon verbena, a flowering perennial shrub native to South America, which was traditionally used in herbal teas and medicinal remedies. It also includes gunpowder tea from Morocco, in which each individual leaf has been delicately rolled into a small round pellet, to retain its flavour and aroma. Its English name comes from the fact that the tea resembles small grains of gunpowder.

The Two Thirsty Gardeners – otherwise known as Nick Moyle and Richard Hood – are famous for digging and swigging the way through the seasons. Combining their passions – alcohol and gardening – they released their debut book Brew It Yourself in 2015, featuring over 70 home-brewed beer, wine and lager recipes made with foraged and homegrown ingredients.

Nick Moyle, Two Thirsty Gardeners said: “We’re very excited to have collaborated with St Austell Brewery on this tea-inspired beer. It’s the first time we’ve used these ingredients to brew with and what better place to experiment than St Austell’s Small Batch Brewery.

“The beer is brewed with hops and lemon verbena grown on our own allotment, so we’re really looking forward to sharing it with beer drinkers across the South West.”

Rob Orton, brewing and bottling manager, St Austell Brewery: “We were delighted to work with the Two Thirsty Gardeners on this beer. Innovation is at the heart of what our Small Batch Brewery is all about, so it was great fun to help them make their home-grown idea a reality.”

The Thirsty Gardeners (4.3%) will be on sale at select pubs that are part of the Small Batch Beer Club from 30th September. To find your nearest outlet visit: The beer will also be available at Falmouth Beer Festival (3rd-5th Oct) and St Austell Brewery’s Celtic Beer Festival (30th Nov).


Picture caption L to R: Thirsty Gardeners Richard Hood and Nick Moyle with St Austell Brewery’s Brewing and Bottling Manager, Rob Orton.

23rd September 2019

For more information contact PR Manager, Megan Hocking: / 01726 218 920 / 07970 379 690

More about St Austell Brewery:

Independent, family-owned brewer, St Austell Brewery has been brewing beer in Cornwall since 1851. Fast forward 168 years and while traditional brewing techniques remain, innovation, passion and craftsmanship continue to evolve.

Most famous for its flagship beer, Tribute Cornish Pale Ale, St Austell Brewery’s range of award-winning beers – also including Proper Job IPA and Korev Lager – are available in pubs and supermarkets nationwide.

A gem at the heart of the Cornish community, and an employer of over 1,500 people, the company also has an estate of 178 pubs and hotels across the South West.

In 2016 St Austell Brewery joined forces with fellow west country brewer, Bath Ales, forming the St Austell Family Group. Bath Ales’ state-of-the-art new brewhouse, Hare Brewery, opened its doors in 2018.