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    Friday, 12 October 2007

    St Austell Brewery - A Place For Rare Wine

    St Austell Brewery inn Cornwall has been in operation for over 150 years and brews some pretty decent ales. Particular favourites of mine are Tribute and Proper Job, both of which make good use of the American Willamette hop. They are a pretty large regional brewer by British standards with 167 pubs, and they supply to the free trade giving them over 2000 outlets where their beers are available.

    However it's not their beers which have seen them make the news this month. It is the fact that vintage wines, some dating back over 125 years have been found in the brewery cellars. Unfortunately it seems no decent beers were found, but looking at some of the examples of wines found it's a pretty mean haul, likely to be worth thousands of pounds.

    Of particular interest are a 1950 Chateau Mouton Rothschild and a 1953 Chateau Lafite Premier Cru Classe. It is amazing how such a haul can remain hidden for so many years, and all this coming just months after all that Ratcliffe's Ale was found.

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