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Cheers to Beers: Celtic Beer Festival

Torch Bearer, Podium, St Awesome City and even a Bucket of Blood…..I don’t recall beer moniker being encouraged or even offered as a career move back in my school days, oh what a dream job to have. The more bizarre the better as we can all testify having childish pleasure derived from challenging your friends to order a serving of the most ridiculous named tipple on offer.

Perfect For:
Celtic Brews
Cornish Ales
Beer O'Clock
0845 241 1122
Booking Enquiry:
63 Trevarthian Road,
St Austell
PL25 4BY
Saturday 26th November
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In honour of such a bewildering array of awarding winning drinks,
St Austell Brewery, plays host to their annual
Celtic Beer Festival on Saturday 26th November 2011. Now in its’ 13th
year, this celebration of Cornish beer, food and music is a firmly established
event on the ale calendar, with thousands turning out to let their taste buds
go wild raising a pint or two along the way. With proceedings swinging into
action at 11am there is time to do the chores before setting aside the rest of
the day to sampling a healthy(ish) concoction of fine Cornish produce of the
liquid diet variety. For those not born beneath Saint Piran’s flag then you
will be made an honorary Cornishman (woman) for the day, this author included.
With a fine pedigree of brewing and serving real ale in Cornwall since 1851,
the hosts St Austell Brewery undoubtedly know a thing or two about producing
drinks, some would say they have done a ‘Proper Job’ of it.

Anyone with a cast iron stomach or simply determined to sample a bevy of beers
and ciders from around the UK and Celtic Countries, should take warning though
as there are over 150 beers, ciders and wines on offer. Take care to choose
wisely as you wouldn’t want to miss out on the host of bands taking to the
stage across the day, providing the perfect soundtrack to your sampling
delights. From the acoustic melodies of Tom Gall opening proceedings, The
Bucket Boys bringing their own brand of blues and rural swing, the funky soul
delights of the Motown Pirates and the Elevators bringing the event to a
musical climax.

Proceeds from the event, charged at a bargain 10 including entrance and two
beer tokens, go towards the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust. So if a
inquisitive partner or family member asks then simply tell them you are doing
your bit for charity whilst promoting Cornish produce. You could even go as far
as saying you are carrying out research for any potential Christmas present
ideas, that should put pay to any questioning and leave you to enjoy your day
(and night). Pop in for a brief visit or make a day of it, you may just find me
attempting to get my tongue around ordering a pint of Franziska’s
Rostock Bock.

Full details, including an impressive list of drinks on offer (for those who
like to plan their samplings), can be found at

Undoubtedly the award for best name would have to go to
the wonderfully titled, Willy Wonker’s Grand Imperial Chocolate
Stout and you wont even need a golden ticket for this one. That’s where my
first port of call will be but then again, who isn’t partial to a Tipsy Blonde

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