About Us

Learn more about the St Austell Family Group and our rich history in brewing.

Step back in time

Our story began in 1851 when Walter Hicks set out as a humble wine merchant and maltster. Fast forward to the present day and St Austell Brewery has become a Family Group, following the acquisition of Bath Ales in 2016.

Operating as one independent, family-owned business, St Austell Family Group has a commitment to doing things properly. We continue to deliver excellence, innovate, and invest in our products, pubs, people, customers, and two West Country brewing sites – at St Austell, in our Cornish heartland, and Hare Brewery, situated between Bath and Bristol.  

Alongside brewing award-winning beers such as Tribute pale ale, Proper Job IPA, korev lager, and Gem amber ale, we have a high-quality portfolio of more than 190 pubs, inns, and hotels that span the West Country – from Bristol to the Isles of Scilly. We are also the region’s leading wholesale drinks supplier to the licensed hospitality sector, delivering beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits, and soft drinks to nearly 5,000 establishments. 

We deliver great experiences all year round through people with passion, places that inspire, and products that delight.  

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