Sharp’s honours brewer Wickett

The head brewer at Sharp’s in Cornwall has produced a beer in honour of a fellow brewer.

Stuart Howe has produced DW as a tribute to Dave Wickett, the founder of Kelham Island Brewery in Sheffield, widely regarded as one of the early catalysts behind the UK’s modern microbrewing scene.

Wickett is living with terminal cancer and Sharp’s is hoping to raise £10,000 from sales of the brew for Cornwall Hospice Care.

Sharp’s workers spent a weekend producing 1,000 bottles of the 9.5% abv, in 75cl Champagne-style bottles, which have an rrp of £10.

Howe said: “I asked Dave to select the hops, suggesting some of the US hops that he helped make so much a part of modern cask ale brewing would be fitting. Dave went for Willamette, Amarillo and Cascade.”?He added: “The first time I encountered Dave was in 2004, when a man called Mr Wickett from some brewery or other asked if he could stop by when he was next in the area. He failed to mention he had just won Champion Beer of Britain. Dave is a modest man.”