Southsea pub has beer produced to mark America’s Cup World Series

From left, Martyn Constable - Oakleaf Head of Sales, Tim Bridges - Oakleaf Brewer, Dave Pickersgill - Oakleaf MD and James Hardman - manager of the Lord Palmerston
From left, Martyn Constable - Oakleaf Head of Sales, Tim Bridges - Oakleaf Brewer, Dave Pickersgill - Oakleaf MD and James Hardman - manager of the Lord Palmerston
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It’s a community pub which has decided to do something special to pull in crowds during the America’s Cup World Series.

The Lord Palmerston, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, convinced Oakleaf Brewing Company to come up with a new beer visitors can enjoy at the venue over the event.

The Gosport brewers were more than happy to help the Wetherspoon boozer – and got to work coming up with a hoppy-style red beer called Crimson Tide.

And yesterday marked the launch of the brew at The Lord Palmerston.

It will also be available at other Wetherspoon pubs across the area.

The 4.6 per cent strength drink is made the same way as a cask ale, but served out of a tap.

It has also been unveiled ahead of this weekend’s annual Southsea Food Festival in Palmerston Road, which gives visitors the chance to try out a range of local produce.

James Hardman, manager of The Lord Palmerston, said: ‘We came up with the idea a little while ago because we wanted to do something special for the America’s Cup.

‘The craft beer scene at the moment is huge.

‘I had a chat with my boss and we decided to go with a local brewery to do something special.

‘Normally, this sort of thing is only done with national breweries.

‘We wanted to choose a local brewery we could trust to give us a really good brew, and it’s worked.

The beer had been on sale for a short while before the launch and James said the pub has almost already gone through a keg.

James said he is encouraged by the amount of things happening in the area in the months ahead.

He said: ‘There is so much going on in Southsea this year, this summer especially.

‘We have got the food festival this weekend, and we wanted to do something to showcase the pub and local beers.

‘The America’s Cup World Series is also such a big event, you don’t normally get so many visitors from outside the city and the country to this part of Portsmouth.

‘That’s why the beer has got a nautical theme.’

Thirty barrels of Crimson Tide, each containing 36 gallons, has been produced, enough for about eight weeks.

Dave Pickersgill, Oakleaf managing director, said: ‘I think it will be a very popular beer.

‘It’s a new style beer – a mix between the key and cask varieties.

‘With the amount of pubs that are closing, it’s important for anyone to support their local. They are the centre of our communities, they always have been. If we lose them, where else do we meet and chat?’