St Austell’s brewing director Georgina Young has been handed not one but two prestigious awards for her continued dedication to the beer industry.

Georgina, who joined St Austell Brewery in 2019 after leaving her role as head brewer at Fuller’s took away the brewer of the year award at this year’s British Guild of Beer Writers awards as well as receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Brewer’s Congress previously.

Georgina was the first up to receive her award for the brewer of the year category - she was one of six shortlisted.

She said: “I am absolutely made up by this award. I couldn’t do any of this without my great team and everyone at the brewery. We work for an amazing business.”

Georgina’s win was preceded by the lifetime achievement award presented to her at the Brewer’s Congress. The award recognises a brewer who has shaped the industry, supported others around them and strengthened the UK brewing scene.

The award was even more special for Georgina, as it was named in honour of St Austell’s late head brewer Roger Ryman – Georgina’s good friend and mentor.

On receiving her lifetime achievement award, Georgina added: “It’s a huge honour to have won the award, and it’s the perfect homage to Roger.

“The brewing industry is really special, so it’s wonderful to be recognised. I’ve had huge support during my career, from Fuller’s and John Keeling as well as everyone at St Austell.”

Georgina’s passion for brewing started during her student years at King’s College London. 

She studied biotechnology at undergraduate level, before completing a Master’s degree in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. 

She has worked for Smiles Brewery and Fuller’s before joining the St Austell Family Group as head brewer for Hare Brewery, optimising the new brewing and bottling facilities which had been installed the year before. Fermentation capacity increased to 50K barrels by the end of 2019, with the installation of further kit. Georgina introduced a second shift and went on to install a new kegger and robotic palletiser.

Following the untimely passing of her long-time friend Roger Ryman, who had led brewing operations at St Austell since 1999, Georgina was promoted to brewing director in July 2020. 

She now oversees brewing at both Hare Brewery and St Austell Brewery. Since taking on this enlarged role, she has successfully commissioned a new canning line and launched a new permanent cask beer – Anthem British pale ale.

Georgina has been chairman of the southern section of the IBD, is currently a director at Cask Marque and a member of the Worshipful Company of Brewers.