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Tribute to Roger Ryman

St Austell Brewery has announced the death of Roger Ryman – Brewing Director and the brewer of Tribute.

St Austell Brewery’s head brewer Roger Ryman has died aged 52

St Austell Brewery's head brewer Roger Ryman has died aged 52
Roger Ryman – St Austell Brewing Director

St Austell Brewery said it was with sadness that it announced the passing of its brewing director, Roger Ryman, who died peacefully this week following a brave battle with cancer.

Roger, who led St Austell’s brewing team for more than two decades, played a leading role in the company’s growth and success.

Since joining the brewery, he has been responsible for transforming the family brewery’s portfolio of brands – including its three flagship beers, Tribute Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev Cornish Lager

Roger’s first original brew when starting at the brewery in 1999 was Daylight Robbery – a short-term seasonal beer to celebrate the upcoming total eclipse of the sun. Due to its phenomenal popularity, it went on to be relaunched as Tribute – the brewer’s first truly national beer and longstanding flagship brand.

Tribute to Roger Ryman

Bear Skinful

Beartown Brewery – Bear Skinful Premium Bitter 4.2%

Beartown Brewery – Bear Skinful

This is a darker golden ale with malt and toffee aroma notes. It has a sweeter malty start with a balance of hop bitterness and citrus background carrying through.

This is the premium ale produced by the Beartown Brewery Based in Congleton in Cheshire

Drover’s Return

Cotswold Lion Brewery – Drover’s Return 5.0%

Cotswold Lion Brewery – Driver’s Return

This is a very dark chestnut red coloured ale, with a strong plum aroma. It has a pleasant sweet and plum fruit taste, with a slightly sharp lemony note. This is a good porter style ale, without the strong smokey or toasted notes from dark malts.

This is an excellent ale produced by Cotswold Lion Brewery based in a disused grain store in Coberley in the Cotswolds near Cheltenham.


Wincle Beer Co – Rambler Amber Ale 4.0%

Wincle Beer Co – Rambler

A dark golden Amber ale, with a malty fruit aroma. This ale has an initial sweetness of malt carried through, with background light hop bitterness and slight fruit sharpness.

Rambler is a good summer ale if you like a more traditional English style ale. It is brewed with Brambling Cross hops.

Wincle Brewery is located in Wincle in the Derbyshire Peak District, by the River Dane and is about 6 miles from Macclesfield.

Hung, Drawn ‘n’ Portered

North Cotswold Brewery – Hung, Drawn ‘n’ Portered 5%

North Cotswold Brewery – Hung, Drawn ‘n’ Portered

This is a very dark red ale with a smokey plum aroma. It has a smokey bitter toasted malt and hop taste with a hop bitter finish and aftertaste.

This ale is brewed with Brambling Cross hops.

This is not as sweet as a London porter but a good smokey porter from the North Cotswold Brewery, based in Stratton-on-Fosse.

Milk Stout

Bristol Beer Factory – Milk Stout 4.6%

Bristol Beer Factory – Milk Stout

This is a black coloured ale with a good toasted malt and strong coffee aroma. It has gold toasted malt sweetness of black molasses and dark toasted bitterness. This is very much a  cold winter ale.

This is a molasses sweet bitter ale from the Bristol Beer Factory.


Bristol Beer Factory – Hefe German Style Wheat Beer 4.8%

Bristol Beer Factory – Hefe

This is a darker golden orange coloured beer with the characteristic sharp sweet aroma of a wheat (weiss) beer. It has the sharp sweet taste expected of a Weiss bier, making it a good summer ale.

This is a German wheat beer style from the Bristol Beer Factory

Hobgoblin IPA

Wychwood Brewery – Hobgoblin IPA 5.3%

Wychwood – Hobgoblin IPA

A Golden coloured ale with a citrus orangy aroma. It’s taste is bitter citrus grapefruit and hint of orange, with a malt background and a lasting citrus bitter finish.

This is an IPA offering from the Cotswold Wychwood Brewery based in Witney Oxfordshire. The ale has been brewed with British and New world hops, giving the typical grapefruit bitterness.


Bristol Beer Factory – Optimist Golden Single Hop Mosaic 5%

Bristol Beer Factory – Optimist

A golden coloured ale with grapefruit citrus aroma. It has a smooth taste with a strong grapefruit lasting bitterness.

This is a golden ale from the Bristol Beer Factory in the style of a craft American IPA. A good choice if you are looking for a craft American style citrus flavoured ale.