The landmark – equivalent to 43.2 million pints – consists of our own brand beers within the St Austell Brewery Family Group, including production at the Bath Ales operation. A key reason for the increase in production has been attributed to the rise in bottle and keg sales over the past 12 months.
In 2015, we hit 100,000 barrels, with production being driven by our flagship Cornish Pale Ale, Tribute. Since then, the popularity of Tribute has continued, but it’s the significant growth of the younger brands which have played a prominent role in this most recent achievement. Proper Job IPA celebrated 17.9% growth on cask in 2018 and Korev lager, saw volumes increase by 11%.
Roger Ryman, Brewing Director said: “This is a significant accomplishment for the brewery and one which we are all very proud of. We continue to enjoy the success of Tribute, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, as well as our newer brands that are continuing to blossom.
“It’s been an exciting time for the Brewery, welcoming Bath Ales to the St Austell Family Group. With our new Head Brewer - Georgina Young - now at the helm in Bath, I’m confident that production at Hare Brewery will continue to flourish in the years to come.”
James Staughton, Chief Executive said: “150,000 barrels is a wonderful achievement, well done to everybody involved. It continues to be a challenging environment for the industry, but this milestone is achieved thanks to our long-term strategy of creating and developing high-quality beer brands and growing our pub estate through selective acquisitions and continued investment. It’s most definitely a tribute to a proper job by our teams in Cornwall and Bath.
“I’d also like to thank our customers and loyal beer drinkers, for their ongoing support and helping us to reach this milestone.”
We were recently named Family Business of the Year and are the South West’s most successful independent brewer with 179 pubs, inns and hotels, a portfolio of award-winning beers and a 6.1% increase in annual turnover to a record level of £179.6 million in 2018.