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28th August 2019

The Yeastie Boys ‘Get It Together’ with Cornish brewery

(L-R) Rob Orton (Brewing and Bottling Manager, St Austell Brewery) with James Kemp (UK Head Brewer, Yeastie Boys) in the Small Batch Brewery

St Austell Brewery has teamed up with New Zealand founded brewer, Yeastie Boys, to produce a limited-edition Session Black IPA, Anthracite (4.3% abv).

The founders of Yeastie Boys, Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie, have been leading the craft beer revolution in New Zealand for the past seven years and have gone on to hire brewing teams in Australia and the UK

The collaboration came about when St Austell Brewery’s Head Brewer, Roger Ryman met James Kemp – who heads up Yeastie Boy’s UK team – at a brewing event in 2018.

As the name suggests, Anthracite is a ‘coal coloured’ beer. The black IPA is brewed with hops from across the world – including New Zealand sourced, Moutere – providing refreshing, tropical and tangerine flavours.

The team approached the brewing of Anthracite in a new way – rather than mashing the special dark malt as they would usually, they added it on top of the mash, cold, to extract the colour whilst leaving roasty, astringent flavours behind.

Rob Orton, Brewing & Bottling Manager, St Austell Brewery said: “The Yeastie Boys are a great bunch of guys who are well known for their innovative brewing techniques, so it made sense to brew an All Black beer, inspired by New Zealand – a nod to their flag and their sports teams.”

“Anthracite has been brewed through our small batch beer club, which is designed to push boundaries and showcase our skill set, whilst always trying to learn new techniques. We feel with this collaboration, we’ve ticked every box and produced a top quality, unique and dynamic beer.”

Anthracite will be on sale at select pubs that are part of the Small Batch Beer Club from 2nd September. To find your nearest outlet visit:


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 167 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 179 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.

More about Yeastie Boys:

Yeastie Boys is the world’s smallest multinational – founded in New Zealand and now also brewing in Australia and the United Kingdom.

The brainchild of Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie – two of New Zealand’s leading beer activists and visionaries – the Yeastie Boys have been brewing deliciously irreverent ales, picking up trophies, innovating, poking their tongues out at convention, and receiving critical acclaim since their launch in 2008.