Celtic Beer Festival at St Austell raises more than £12,000
Revellers braved the downpours on Saturday to attend the 14th Celtic Beer Festival at St Austell Brewery, raising more than £12,000 for charity in the process.
By lunchtime, the Victorian wine cellars underneath the brewery were already full to capacity, and a "one-in-one-out" system had been put in place.
Throughout the day, more than 2,000 people came together to sample new St Austell Brewery ales, live music and Cornish pub food.
Alongside the 35 St Austell brews on offer, more than 160 ales and beers from other local and regional breweries helped to make up the festival's celebrated line-up.
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On the bar next to the St Austell Brewery favourites like Tribute and Proper Job, the highlights included Ruby Jack, a 4.5% abv (alcohol by volume) red ale brewed to honour 19th century Cornish World heavyweight champion, Bob Fitzsimmons, known as Ruby Jack.
Another firm festival favourite was the 1913 Original Stout, a 4.5% abv Cornish stout, recreated from an old St Austell Brewery journal.
Jeremy Mitchell, director of marketing and communications at St Austell Brewery, said: "The bad weather certainly didn't put a dampener on the spirits of festival-goers on Saturday.
"Despite the heavy rain, we reached full capacity very early on and were on a par with last year's numbers, whilst also raising valuable funds for St Austell Brewery's charitable trust."
He added that the beer festival had grown to become one of the main calendar events for beer and ale drinkers in the South West.
Since its launch in 2003, the St Austell Brewery's Charitable Trust has raised more than £300,000 for local charities in the brewery trading area across Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.