Sharp's and Camel Valley link up to create pilsner beer

Cornwall’s Sharp’s Brewery and Camel Valley vineyard have teamed up to produce a lager in a limited edition of 1,000 bottles.

The beer was brewed at Sharp’s and fermented with traditional pilsner yeast for two weeks before being aged on a bed of Saaz leaf hops for 40 days.

It was then taken to Camel Valley and bottled in Champagne-style bottles before reseeding with the yeast used to make the vineyard’s sparkling Brut wine. It was then aged for six weeks in the bottle.

Sharp’s Camel Valley Pilsner is the second collaboration for Sharp’s with other Cornish drinks producers this year, following on for the creation of The Hopster gin with Tarquin’s producer Southwestern Distillery.

Head brewer Andrew Madden said: “Camel Valley Pilsner is an idea that we have had for a while and it’s great to be working with another award-winning Cornish business, based just a few miles away from our home in Rock.”

Camel Valley winemaker Sam Lindo added: “I’ve learnt a lot about the different philosophical approach between the winemaker and brewer.

“In winemaking we are very fatalistic on how the wine will turn out, and with brewing it’s a more pre-empted process. Blended together, this has been a discovery process.”