Ale is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating back to at least the 5th millennium BC and recorded in the written history of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
When next taking a sip of a pint, spare a thought for the plants that made it possible, Barley and Hops
Hops ready for harvesting
Hops (Humulus luplus)
- Hops can be grown in different ways: on hop hills (on 10-foot tall posts in a mound of compost) up sisal strings suspended from wires attached to chestnut posts trained by ‘butchers’ and ‘umbrella’ and ‘Worcester’ methods. Hop workers used to wear stilts to sort the wires out.
- Hops are susceptible to several pests and diseases and often require spraying.
Did you know that Louis Pasteur worked out that yeast was the magic ingredient in beer. Before this fermentation was regarded as Witchcraft or an act of God
Yeast fermenting in a vat at St Austell‘s brewery
St Austell Brewery
St Austell Brewery has a relationship with the Eden Project. The solid residue from the mash is given to Eden for composting, thus recycling the end product.
The Old Copper Kettle for brewing
Brewing was started by Walter Hicks in 1851 at At Austell Brewery.
Beer brewing journals
Varieties of beer produced
St Austel Brewery
Beer kegs waiting to be delivered
The Hicks Bar