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Hobsons Brewery was founded in the Shropshire village of Cleobury Mortimer by Nick Davis and his parents in 1993. Nick’s mum and dad decided to put their feet up in 2000 leaving Nick at the helm. Today he employs a team of 24 people and runs the largest brewery in the county.
Earlier this year, a long-standing friend of the brewery, Scott Crowther, got in touch with Nick about creating a beer for a very special cause.
In 2019, Scott’s son Ben died of a rare cancer. He was a bright, happy, cheeky, seven-year old boy. Even when first diagnosed he wanted to Pass his Smile to other people to cheer them up. His family have since raised over 100k towards research into better, kinder, targeted treatments through the Pass The Smile fund.
This week’s beer shares the name of the fund. Pass The Smile is a lovely bottle-conditioned, hoppy, light amber beer. It’s beautifully balanced with a chewy, sweet malty backbone and a dry, bitter finish.
“It has been a real privilege to work on Pass The Smile as a charity beer for the Pass The Smile fund. It has been a touching project and we hope this beer will help Pass The Smile spread awareness of this rare childhood illness and to raise funds for Ben’s memorial fund at the Childhood Cancer and Leukaemia Group.”.
Ben’s father Scott said: “What better way to remember Ben than to celebrate what would have been his ninth birthday with a bottle of Pass The Smile? Raising a glass to him is a great way to do that in the current climate. And now we've passed the £100k fundraising milestone, we can double-celebrate too.”