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St Austell Brewery
Industry Brewing
Founded 1851
Founder Walter Hicks
St Austell
Key people
Products Beer
Production output
100000 barrels
Number of employees
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Free Beer 1
An unopened bottle of the open-source "Free Beer" which was brewed by St. Austell in 2007.

St Austell Brewery is a brewery founded in 1851 by Walter Hicks in St Austell, Cornwall, England. The brewery's flagship beer is Tribute Ale, which accounts for around 80% of sales. Other popular ales include Proper Job, Tinner's Ale and Duchy Bitter.

On 1 July 2016 St Austell Brewery acquired Bath Ales. In March 2017 a multi-million pound investment in a new brewery and larger bottling and canning facilities at Bath Ales was announced. Chief executive, James Staughton, described the rationale of the investment as "We needed to de-risk the business away from the seasonality of Cornwall. The further east we go, the more we're focused on city centres and the less seasonal the business becomes."


Tribute was created to commemorate the 1999 solar eclipse. It was originally a one-off special named Daylight Robbery, but proved to be so popular it was reintroduced as Tribute and has since won several awards around the UK.

St Austell Brewery signed a deal in 2008 with Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, near Truro, to continue kegging and distributing Rattler cyder and Rattler pear cyder for five years.

St Austell Brewery also produce M&S Cornish IPA, which is bottle-conditioned and sold in Marks and Spencer stores.

Other products include:

  • Proper Job IPA (4.5% cask, 5.5% bottled) - also sold as M&S Cornish IPA at a strength of 5%
  • Black Prince (4%)
  • Trelawny (3.8%)
  • HSD (Hicks Special Draught) (5.0%)
  • Dartmoor Best Bitter (3.5%)
  • Korev Cornish Lager (4.8%)
  • Big Job IPA (7.2%)
  • Mena Dhu (Cornish Stout) (4.5%)
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