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24th September 2021

St Austell Brewery’s Harlequin IPA Returns for Cask Ale Week

St Austell Brewery has brought back one of its most popular limited-edition beers for Cask Ale Week (September 23rd – October 3rd). Harlequin, a golden English IPA, is available exclusively at select St Austell Brewery managed houses and pubs across the West Country.

The beer champions an award-winning British hop variety of the same name and was first released as part of the brewery’s Small Batch Brew series in 2019. The hop is sourced from the brewery’s suppliers, Charles Faram, as part of its development programme. It was crowned ‘Best New Variety’ at the IBD National Hop Awards in 2019.

Due to demand, Harlequin was relaunched as a special seasonal beer for Cask Ale Week 2020 and bottled for the first time in March 2021.

Harlequin’s citrus and floral aroma is met with juicy passion fruit, apricot, and pomegranate notes on the palate. The beer offers both an assertive bitterness and a balanced drinkability that’s not commonly associated with 4.6% English IPAs.

Georgina Young, Brewing Director at St Austell Brewery, said: “We’re constantly on the lookout for exciting hop varieties to experiment with, from all over the world. Harlequin showcases an exciting hop that originates from the Charles Faram Development programme, where it was grown from a single seed in 2015.

“We were given the chance to brew the variety early on in its development stage. The Small Batch we produced was so popular and sought-after, we brewed it again for last year’s Cask Ale Week. It seems right to celebrate this year’s event with another batch.”

Cask Harlequin IPA is now available – while stocks last – at the following pubs across the South West:


Borough Arms, Bodmin

The Central, Newquay

Fort Inn, Newquay

Great Western, Newquay

Lifeboat Inn, St Ives

Old Custom House, Padstow

Old Success Inn, Sennen Cove

Oystercatcher, Polzeath

Port William, Tintagel

Ship Inn, Mousehole

Shipwrights, Padstow

Chain Locker, Falmouth

County Arms, Truro

Harbourside, Charlestown

Holmbush Inn, St Austell

Pier House, Charlestown

Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown


The Globe, Topsham

Harbour Light, Paignton

Hope & Anchor, Hope Cove

Masons Arms, Branscombe

Mill on the Exe, Exeter

Old Market House, Brixham

Rose & Crown, Yealmpton

Royal Castle, Dartmouth

Royal Seven Stars, Totnes

Samuel Jones, Exeter

Ship Inn, Plymouth


The Wellington, Bristol


Rock Point, Lyme Regis

Press release from St Austell