Tributes have been made to St Austell brewing director, Roger Ryman, after he passed away peacefully last week, aged 52, after a battle with cancer. 

Ryman, who led the company’s brewing team for more than 20 years, was responsible for transforming the Cornish brewer’s portfolio of beers, which includes Tribute Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev Cornish Lager.

Chief executive Kevin Georgel said: “We are devastated to have lost Roger – a much-loved friend, and highly respected colleague. All of our thoughts are with Roger’s wife Toni, his father, two sisters and wider family, at this terribly sad time.

“Roger was a world-class brewer and a leader in his field, who we were incredibly lucky to work alongside. The growing reputation and quality of our beer, since Roger joined St Austell Brewery in 1999, is testimony to his hard work, leadership and passion. He will be sorely missed.”

In addition to his role in Cornwall, Ryman also oversaw production at Bath Ales’ Hare Brewery, which St Austell acquired in 2016. He oversaw the building of a new brewery that opened in 2018.

Steve Livens, policy manager – product assurance and supply chain at the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “There will be many who will make their way through the industry with Roger’s insight and skill at the heart of their journey and there can be no greater legacy than this.”

Tom Stainer, chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said: “Camra’s volunteers and staff are extremely sad to hear of the death of Roger Ryman, brewing director for St Austell brewery. As well as being a hugely positive and creative influence in British brewing, Roger has always been a Camra supporter, both in the South West and nationally. The beers he created won many Camra awards, and Roger himself was a regular at our festivals. We will be missed by all.”