Press Release: Tenth birthday for St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival

November 29 date for one of Cornwall’s biggest parties of the year

Real ale and music lovers are gearing themselves up for one of the biggest and best parties of the year as the St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival prepares to celebrate its tenth birthday.

The hugely popular event takes place this year on Saturday November 29th, when the unique surroundings of the old wine cellars and vaults beneath the Victorian brewery will play host to hundreds of revellers, a fantastic line-up of live bands – and of course a selection of more than 100 great beers.

Last year 3,000 people from across the South West gathered at the Brewery to party throughout the day and evening – and in the process raised over £10,000 for local charities. It was the biggest sum ever raised by the festival and took to more than £50,000 cash raised by the event which has grown in popularity since its launch in 1999.

Preparations for the festival are well under way at the Brewery, where Director of Brewing Roger Ryman is already working his magic to create his now legendary selection of special brews, which are one of the great highlights of the event.

St Austell Brewery Head of Marketing Jeremy Mitchell said: “We’re thrilled to be celebrating ten years of the Celtic Beer Festival and delighted at how the event has become such an unmissable date in the county’s social calendar.

“As always we’re promising people a fantastic atmosphere in historic surrounding with great bands – including Mad Dog Mcrea, Black Jack Davey, Shadowy Experience and Bucket Boys – and a huge selection of traditional and new beers.”

The Celtic Beer Festival is organised and staffed by volunteers from the Brewery, together with suppliers, with all money raised going to local charities through the St Austell Brewery charitable Trust. This year, the chosen charity for the Trust is Precious Lives Appeal.

Food will be provided by a team led by St Austell Brewery’s award-winning Catering Development Manager, Paul Drye – all using fresh Cornish produce.


  • Mad Dog Mcrea
  • Black Jack Davey
  • Shadowy Experience
  • Bucket Boys

The St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival takes place between 11am and 11pm on Saturday November 29. Tickets are £5 per person (available at the door).