Keltek, meaning ‘Celtic’ in the Cornish language – the name ascribed to the ancient tribes that once inhabited Cornwall – was chosen as the brewery’s name by founder Stuart Heath.

The deal was that if he could brew a superior pint, the landlord would put it on a pump at the bar. The landlord agreed and Stuart started brewing on a 2.5 barrel microbrewery in a disused stable block on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall.

After winning gold for his very first brew, demand for his new and exciting beers grew tremendously and expansion was needed. The first move was to a larger unit in Lostwithiel where the brewery’s capacity increased five-fold.

In 2007 Keltek expanded again, moving to its current home in Redruth. We now have the capacity to brew over 250 brewer’s barrels a week. In addition, we have our own fully automated bottling line which filters, carbonates, fills, labels and caps the beer. Everything’s done in-house.

In 2013 Keltek acquired four pubs in the vicinity of the brewery, becoming just the second brewery in Cornwall to own its own estate of public houses, and in 2016 acquired two more. Keltek remains a family owned brewery that adheres to the age old traditions of brewing by hand with care and craftsmanship using the finest whole hop flowers, British malts and hand-pitched yeast.

Meet the team

James Cawte

Brewers Assistant

James joined the company in April 2023 after taking his foot off the gas pedal from HGV driving but it’s clear to see his foot is flat to the floor with brewing. James comes with much experience (drinking experience that is) with big tackle being his favourite go to pint. A custard cream lover and a sport playing legend, James is just the perfect fit for this fast growing, forward thinking, company.

Lisa Carter

Sales and Administrator Co-ordinate

Lisa joined in June 2023 after running a family run pub for many years. After taking an interest in all things beer, Lisa joined to support the day to day runnings of the office. Although Lisa spends most evenings with a Coastal walk with Lassie the dog, she loves to kick back with a glass of wine

Liam Brown

National Account Manager

Liam joined the company in September 2023 and has been working in the industry for over 20 years. Liam prides himself on great service and building lasting relationships with our customers. With 4 kids and 3 pets Liam clearly likes to keep busy but will always make time for Keltek Beheaded or a glass of wine

Stewart Cawte

Managing Director

Stewart joined in October 2021 from a change of career path from running successful logistic companies and having a background in e-commerce. After finding a passion and love for local craft beers, Stewart’s favourite go to drink is Birra Moretti and King Premium Ale

Josh Walker

Head Brewer

Josh joined us in May 2022 after running bars for many years. With a true passion, Josh has been eager to learn every aspect of brewing from start to finish! Although a lover for all drinks going, a favourite would be port.

Teona Cawte

Office Manager

Teona joined in November 2021, after freshly finishing her degree in Tourism and Events. Thriving on customer service, Teona will always recommend a good bar with the best G+T!