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24th August 2021


Rock-based Sharp’s Brewery has today launched its latest pilot plant brew, suitably named Drop Tide. Demonstrating yet again its innovative spirit and brewer development, this light and refreshing 3.4% session pale ale is available in mini kegs now (from August 23rd) from Sharp’s Brewery’s shop in Rock until September 10th (or while stocks last).

The name Drop Tide is inspired by the sea during periods of its lowest tide, revealing large open stretches of sand and some truly unique surf breaks, whilst also giving a nod to the slightly lower alcohol content and nature of the beer. Two casks of Drop Tide were made especially for Sharp’s customer, The Waterfront in Polzeath, not far from the brewery’s base in Rock and incidentally also the most perfect setting to enjoy a smooth pint of Drop Tide at low tide overlooking the expanse of stunning beach. The rest of the limited-edition product is available from Sharp’s directly.

Drop Tide is very pale and light in colour with a lower alcohol content and very low bitterness, all of which gives it a real drinkability. During the brewing process, the skilled team utilised Lemon Drop hops, Mandarina Bavaria hops, orange peel and German Kolsch yeast, capturing additional natural CO2 from fermentation, which has added effervescence and high carbonation. In addition, the fact that is has been brewed with Kolsch yeast explains its crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

Sharp’s head brewer, Aaron McClure, said: “We are so pleased with Drop Tide, it is a really delicious and enjoyable brew. The original vision and plan for this beer was to create something light, easily drinkable, and highly refreshing and we have definitely stayed true to this vision. We hope many get the chance to enjoy a pint of Drop Tide this summer whilst kicking back overlooking a beach somewhere – this is how we recommend it to be best enjoyed!”

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Notes to Editors

About Sharp’s Brewery Ltd:

Sharp’s Brewery is a modern brewer, based in Rock, Cornwall, which has grown rapidly since its foundation in 1994, increasing staff numbers in the last 10 years from 70 to 118.The largest brewer of cask beer in the South West, Sharp’s flagship beer, Doom Bar, is probably the most successful cask beer of its generation and is currently the UK’s no.1 cask beer brand.

A testament to the quality of each drop of beer, Sharp’s has a tally of over 100 international brewing awards, which in 2019 included The Grocer’s Drinks Brand of the Year (Doom Bar), five medals at the Drinks Business Awards, five medals at the International Beer Challenge, two medals at the World Beer Challenge and five titles at the esteemed World Beer Awards 2019, all against some very stiff competition. In addition to these accolades, Sharp’s also won five medals at the 2018 International Beer Challenge, two at the World Beer Awards 2018, five at the 2017 International Beer Challenge, including GOLD for Wolf Rock, five medals at the World Beer Awards 2017, five medals at the 2017 Beer Awards, the ‘People’s Favourite Cask Ale’ at Inapub’s People Choice Awards 2017, and Best Drink for Doom Bar in the food Reader Awards 2017.

Sharp’s Brewery is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby in Cornwall and sponsors a number of local clubs. In 2019, Sharp’s turned the tables on the music industry through ‘Keynvor’, a partnership with Mercury Music Prize nominee Nick Mulvey to produce the first playable vinyl made from recycled ocean plastic found on the Cornish coast. Proceeds from sales of the exclusive ‘Ocean Vinyl’ including digital streams continue to go to Surfers Against Sewage to help protect British coastlines from pollution, including plastic waste. Sharp’s is an official partner of Surfers Against Sewage, supporting their Million Mile Beach Clean campaign in 2021.


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Press release from Sharp’s Brewery

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