As St Austell Brewery’s history and archive projects continue to unearth fresh aspects of the company’s colourful past, the Brewery tour has been extended to take in a series of displays and restoration projects as well as the new Cask Operating Plant at the top of the Trevarthian Road site.
While the tour now boasts a variety of archaeological finds, restored brewery artefacts, additional working display areas and treasures from the Brewery archives, the price remains the same at £10 per head for adults, with concessions for OAPs and children over 14 including a special price of £7.50 for members of CAMRA. The new 1½ hour tour offers excellent value for money and includes as always – for adults at least – a special beer-sampling session in the Hicks Bar at its conclusion.
New additions to the tour include a fully functional Cooper’s Yard, restored mash tun and cask racking machinery and a 1912 motorcycle, similar to one owned by Walter Hicks Junior at the turn of the 20th century, on loan from the motorcycle museum at Hawkins Motors in St Stephens. The tour will also take in a visit up to the new Cask Operating Plant, opened in 2013 to handle the increased demand for St Austell Brewery ales across Cornwall and the rest of the UK.
Fresh displays, including a commemoration of those with Brewery connections who ‘did their bit’ in the World Wars and ongoing community link projects, are planned across the coming year to ensure that visitors undertaking the Brewery tour will always find something new to see and explore, while special school weeks are also being developed later in the year to encourage youngsters to come and experience what life was like in a Victorian age Brewery.
A whole new dimension has also been added to the Hicks Bar itself, with the addition of a substantial outdoor decking area allowing for food and drink to be taken al fresco, while the Brewery shop now boasts an impressive selection of wines and spirits from around the globe alongside essential Brewery souvenirs for ale lovers and aficionados alike.
Brewery Marketing & Communications Director Jeremy Mitchell commented, “As a working Brewery, we have always tried to offer our visitors a real balance between our day to day business and our heritage. We’re really excited to be able to offer a new dimension to both of these aspects which truly reflect what the Brewery stands for and its role in the local and wider community.”