Successive generations of the Sharp family were involved in the Blackford Brewery, which they acquired at the end of the 18th century.
The business was initially run by James Sharp, and in 1830 his sons Robert and Daniel succeeded to the business and formed the partnership of R. & D. Sharp, which built a strong reputation for its high quality ales.
Active: 1790s - 1830
Parts of the Blackford Brewery dated back to 1610, and it is believed that brewing had taken place on the site over a hundred years before that.
The brewery was demolished in 1930, with the only surviving part being the office, which was taken on as a private house by a Mrs Scobie.
Books and periodicals
Barnard, A. (1889) The noted breweries of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Joseph Causton.
Gibb, F. and Sangster, A. (2015) The brewers and breweries of Blackford, Perthshire. Brewing History, 161, pp.10-29.
McMaster, C. (1986) The breweries of Blackford. Scottish Brewing Association Newsletter, 7, pp.7-12.