It was in 1999, that a short-term seasonal beer brewed to celebrate the total eclipse of the sun, that was later to become Tribute, was enjoyed by our customers. In those years the brand has had a name change, become sponsors for some of the South West's great grass roots sports and travelled nationally and internationally. Not bad going for what was our head brewer Roger Ryman's first brew.


Tribute; born and brewed during the 1999 solar eclipse, was originally named Daylight Robbery.

The brew proved to be so popular it soon became the top selling beer and in 2001, it was renamed to celebrate the Brewery’s 150th anniversary to become the Tribute Cornish Pale Ale we enjoy today.  

In 2005, Tribute became the official sponsor of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, Britain’s highest participation rowing sport.

In 2007, Tribute was not only voted the South West’s favourite ale in the Daily Telegraph Best of British Awards, but it also became the proud sponsor of the RFU (Rugby Football Union) leagues in Devon Cornwall and Somerset.

In 2009, with sales in pubs going from strength to strength, St Austell invested in a new purpose built bottling line, primarily to handle the growth and interest in Tribute as a bottled beer.  

In 2010 Tribute won a silver medal in the Great British Beer Festival Best Bitters category. In the same year cans of Tribute became available on First Great Western trains between London Paddington and the South West.

In 2013 Tribute extended its sports sponsorship from rugby to cricket when it became the Official Beer of both Gloucestershire and Somerset County Cricket Clubs and shirt sponsor of the Somerset County Cricket team.