The latest beer to come from St Austell Brewery’s Small Batch plant hits the bars this month. Cornish Keller is a take on a delicious German style.

St Austell Keller

This malty, unfiltered Franconian kellerbier (4.9% ABV) is the creation of St Austell brewing manager, Lee Walker. A bready, herbal aroma sets the scene for soft, toasty notes. Cornish Keller is crafted from a variety of malts, including floor malted Bohemian pilsner malt, together with Spalter Select hops.

Kellerbier (“cellar beer” in English) is a style of lager which, before the invention of refridgeration, was stored in caves to keep the beer cool during fermentation and maturation. There, the beer matured over several months and kellerbier was named in reference to the cool ‘cellar-like’ lagering temperatures involved in its production.

Cornish Keller bar

Kellerbier has been brewed in this way since the Middle Ages by small artisan breweries in Franconia, where it is still produced to this day. When conditioning was complete, kellerbier was traditionally served directly from the casks they were aged in, something that can still be seen today in modern-day Franconia.

Cornish Keller is intentionally unfined and unfiltered inline with tradition for this style. This ‘young’ lager pours with a naturally cloudy appearance, due to yeast remaining in suspension. This beer has been aged in the old cellar at the brewery prior to racking and conditioning in casks.

Where to find Cornish Keller

  • The Albion, Clifton
  • Blisland Inn
  • Blue Anchor, Teignmouth
  • Chain Locker, Falmouth
  • Cornish Arms, St Merryn
  • Crows Nest Inn, Liskeard
  • Exeter Inn, Topsham
  • Ferryboat Inn, Falmouth
  • Fire Engine, Marazion
  • Heron Inn, Malpas
  • Cromwell Arms, Bovey Tracey
  • London Inn, Padstow
  • Minerva Inn, Plymouth
  • New Inn, Par
  • New Inn, Veryan
  • Old Success Inn, Sennen Cove
  • Pennycomequick, Falmouth
  • Pier House, Charlestown
  • Pilchard Press Alehouse, St Ives
  • Plume of Feathers, Portscatho
  • Polgooth Inn, Polgooth
  • Punchbowl and Ladle, Feock
  • Rashleigh Arms, Charestown
  • Red Lion, Cricklade
  • Rising Sun, St Mawes
  • Salamander, Bath
  • Samuel Jones, Exeter
  • Shipwrights, Padstow
  • Star Inn, St Just
  • The Thatch, Croyde
  • Walkhampton Inn, Yelverton
  • Volunteer Inn, Ottery St Mary
  • White Hart Hotel, Hayle
  • Queens Arms, Brixham
  • Top House, The Lizard
  • Racehourse, Taunton
  • Trewellard Arms, Pendeen
  • Hope and Anchor, Kingsbridge
  • Holmbush Inn, St Austell
  • Ship Inn, Teignmouth

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