Mr Hewitt, of Tavistock, came up with the name Tun Fifty for the special ale brewed by St Austell Brewery to mark the newspaper’s 150th anniversary.The lucky competition winner, and his wife Trichia (CORR) were at St Austell Brewery on Friday for the start of the brewing process.
Mr Hewitt, 57, who works at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled – I enter lots of competitions but I never seem to win. The name Tun Fifty just popped into my head one day. I’ve been to enough pubs called Mash Tun to know a tun is a type of container used by brewers.
“We had a brilliant day at the brewery, and helped put a few hops in the brew, so it really feels like my very own beer. I can’t wait to taste it now.”The award winning brewery offered one lucky reader the chance to name and help brew the special ale as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations.
UK Regional Brewer of the Year St Austell Brewery, which celebrated its own 150th anniversary in 2001, is one of the longest established of only a few independent family brewers left in the UK.
Mr Hewitt joined head brewer Roger Ryman, the current UK Brewer of the Year and the man who created award-winning St Austell ales including Tribute, Proper Job and Admirals Ale.
Together they designed the recipe for the new beer, which will become part of the brewery's seasonal ales programme for 2010.
Mr Ryman said: "We're really pleased to be helping the Western Morning News mark its 150th anniversary – and what better way to do that than with a celebratory ale.
"The name Tun Fifty is inspired and we are all looking forward to pulling the first pint next month.”
Tun Fifty will be launched at the Devon County Show (May 20, 21 and 22) and will be available in pubs across the South West.
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