The day-long celebration of real ale and local music raises money for our Charitable Trust, which supports good causes across the South West and, thanks to nearly 3,500 people attending in 2016, last year’s bash raised over £40,000.
This year, as ever, Brewery staff volunteered to work the bars across the day, profits from all ticket sales were donated to the Charitable Trust and the liquid refreshment was donated to the event by the hosts and by breweries across the UK, even as far as the Orkney Islands, to yet again make the Celtic Beer Festival the biggest event in the Charitable Trust’s calendar.
Speaking after the event, Marketing and Communications Director Jeremy Mitchell said, “This year’s festival looks like being another triumph for the Charitable Trust. A great time was had by all and although we’ll have to wait a little while before we know the full amount raise, every indication suggests this has been another record-breaking year.”
With over 190 beers on offer, 61 of which were brewed by St Austell’s award-winning team, festival goers were treated to the widest choice of beers and ciders in the Beer Festival’s 19-year history, with a fantastic musical backdrop from the likes of Godstone, Jacknife, the Velvet Hand and other popular local bands.
As Jeremy added, “The Celtic Beer Festival gets harder to top each year but 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of the event, so regulars can be sure that we are already planning something extra special for the next festival.”