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7th December 2023

Top awards scoop for St Austell’s head brewer

St Austell’s brewing director, Georgina Young, has been handed not one but two prestigious awards for her continued dedication to the beer industry.

Georgina, who joined St Austell Brewery in 2019 after leaving her role as Head Brewer at Fuller’s took away the Brewer of the Year award at this year’s Guild of Beer Writer awards as well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement award at the Brewer’s Congress in October.

Georgina was the first up to receive her award for the Brewer of the Year category – she was one of six brewers shortlisted.

She said: “I am absolutely made up by this award. I couldn’t do any of this without my great team and everyone at the brewery. We work for an amazing business.”

Georgina’s win was preceded by the Lifetime Achievement award presented to her at the Brewer’s Congress earlier this year. The award recognises a brewer who has shaped the industry, supported others around them and strengthened the UK brewing scene.

The award was even more special for Georgina, as it was named in honour of St Austell’s late head brewer, Roger Ryman – Georgina’s good friend and mentor.

On receiving her Lifetime Achievement award, Georgina added: “It’s a huge honour to have won the award, and it’s the perfect homage to Roger.

“The brewing industry is really special, so it’s wonderful to be recognised. I’ve had huge support during my career, from Fuller’s and John Keeling as well as everyone at St Austell.”

Georgina’s passion for brewing started during her student years at King’s College London. She studied biotechnology at undergraduate level, before completing a Master’s degree in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Georgina’s career began in her hometown of Bristol, at Smiles Brewery, where she learnt from the floor upwards – starting in the lab before progressing to shift brewing. She then moved to Brewing Research International (now Camden BRI) to run the pilot brewing facilities.

In 1999, Georgina joined Fuller’s as a production brewer under the wing of brewing director, John Keeling. During her time at Fuller’s she installed a new tank farm to increase fermentation capacity, beers such as Gales HSB and Prize Old Ale, and developed new beers such as Honeydew as well as a selection of seasonals.

Following Georgina’s second maternity leave, she took a break from brewing and became a Science teacher at a comprehensive school in Richmond, Surrey where she stayed for four years.

It was not long before the draw of Fuller’s brought her back to the Griffin Brewery and in October 2013, Georgina rejoined the company as brewing and packaging manager. When Fuller’s acquired Dark Star brewery she transited the brewing of Hophead pale ale to Chiswick. She was promoted to head brewer in 2017 and was the first woman in Fuller’s history to take on the role.

In May 2019, Georgina joined St Austell Family Group as head brewer for Hare Brewery, optimising the new brewing and bottling facilities which had been installed the year before. Fermentation capacity increased to 50K barrels by the end of 2019, with the installation of further kit. Georgina introduced a second shift and went on to install a new kegger and robotic palletiser.

Following the untimely passing of her long-time friend Roger Ryman, who had led brewing operations at St Austell since 1999, Georgina was promoted to brewing director in July 2020. She now oversees brewing at both Hare Brewery and St Austell Brewery. Since taking on this enlarged role, she has successfully commissioned a new canning line and launched a new permanent cask beer – Anthem British pale ale.

Georgina has been Chairman of the Southern Section of the IBD, is currently a Director at Cask Marque and a member of the Worshipful Company of Brewers.


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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