Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Fellowship for St Austell head brewer following record beer sales

St Austell Brewery’s head brewer Roger Ryman has been awarded with one of the most prestigious honours in the industry – Fellowship of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.

On Monday 20 January, Executive Director of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Simon Jackson presented Roger with the Fellowship in recognition of his dedication to the industry and commitment to training and development of younger members.

Fellowship is the highest membership grade of the IBD and is only awarded to distinguished members with substantial experience and responsibility, who have contributed consistently to the brewing and distilling industry.

Since joining St Austell Brewery in 1999, Roger has overseen a fivefold increase in volume of beer sales and £7.5m worth of investment in capital investment projects.

In 2013, the Brewery’s beer sales increased by 14 per cent to 86,500 barrels, and it was another record year for their flagship ale Tribute, both on draught and in bottles. There was also a marked increase in export and off-trade sales compared to 2012.

Peter Channon, Secretary of the Southern Section of the IBD said: “Roger has been in the industry for 25 years, and has contributed greatly to the IBD through his support of younger members, encouraging staff to gain qualifications, giving presentations at high profile events and by assisting in the organisation of activities for the Southern Section, many of which would not have been able to happen without his help. Roger’s experience and support of the IBD has proved invaluable, and I am delighted to be able to award him with the Fellowship.”

Roger has achieved the Master Brewer qualification through the IBD, and has supported the development of his team at St Austell Brewery by helping them to pass IBD exams. He has helped to organise a number of events for the Institute and is a regular speaker at leading industry events.

Speaking after being awarded the Fellowship, Roger said: “It is a great honour to be recognised by my peers and made a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. The experience and qualifications gained through being a member have been of huge benefit to me as well as to the whole St Austell brewing team, and I am looking forward to continuing to support the Institute in the future.”

The first ale Roger created for St Austell Brewery, Daylight Robbery, was so popular it was renamed Tribute and is now the company’s best-selling beer. He has also been responsible for award-winning ales such as Proper Job and Admiral’s ale, along with the recent launch of the Brewery’s first lager, Korev, and 1913 Cornish Stout.

James Staughton, Managing Director of St Austell Brewery said: “The impact Roger has had on the business has been immense – he has created some of our most popular brews and helped increase our sales and turnover exponentially. Our brewing team produce the high quality beers that customers want, and being able to meet that demand has helped us to not only become one of the biggest breweries in the South West but also to expand into national retailers and to increase exports abroad, both of which will be key markets for us in 2014.”

The presentation of the IBD Fellowship took place at the AGM of the IBD Southern Section in the Hock Cellar of Fuller, Smith and Turner in Chiswick, London.

Fellow of the IBD Derek Prentice added: “I have known Roger for a number of years, and in that time he has become a very successful Head Brewer at St Austell and a great ambassador for the Southern IBD Section. He is a strong supporter of the IBD exams and has helped many younger members gain training and qualifications, and is now one of the country’s most well-known and respected brewers.”

The IBD is a membership organisation which is both a registered educational charity and company limited by guarantee. The IBD's Vision Statement is ‘The advancement of education and professional development in the science and technologies of brewing, distilling and related industries.’ It was founded in 1886 and has over 4000 members worldwide.