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15th June 2020

St Austell Brewery ramps up production for reopening

Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks Wildcard - St Austell Brewery. Opening of the significant cask racking operation.

St Austell Brewery started brewing draught beer again this week, in preparation for the possible reopening of pubs from 4th July – based on timings indicated in the Government’s roadmap to recovery.

The independent brewery, which owns 182 managed and tenanted pubs across the West Country, also supplies over 3,000 free trade customers in the region. Production started with 440 barrels of the Brewery’s flagship pale ale, Tribute, accounting for almost half of the company’s weekly barrelage. The company is currently producing over 1,022 brewer’s barrels per week – the equivalent of over 294,000 pints – which will be gradually scaled up in the weeks and months ahead.

As well as Tribute, St Austell Brewery is gearing up to brew its other core cask brands including Proper Job, Cornish Best, Trelawny and Hicks. Draught Gem and Prophecy is also being produced again at Bath Ales’ Hare Brewery – which the company acquired in 2016. Keg brands being produced for both breweries include Proper Job, Korev, Mena Dhu, Cubic, Monterey and Dark Side.

St Austell Brewery is gearing up its stocks and will start delivering beer – as well as wines, spirits and soft drinks – to wholesale customers across the West Country as soon as a reopening date has been confirmed.

Andrew Turner, Managing Director of St Austell Brewery’s Beer and Brands said: “I’m pleased to say that we are back in production and getting ready for the long-awaited reopening of our great British pubs – which we’re hoping the Government will confirm as soon as possible. We’re proud to be playing our part in the national effort to restock cellars with fresh beer.

“Cask beer is an integral part of pub culture in the UK – there’s nothing quite like it. It’s been months since we’ve brewed draught beer – the longest time since 1851 – so we’re delighted to see production up and running again.”

Throughout the lockdown St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales’ entire production effort has been focused on bottling and canning core beer brands for supermarkets, sales of which have risen by 32%. Since pub closures in March, online shop services for St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales have also seen a combined increase of over 1000% in comparison to 2019.


Contact: Megan Hocking []