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A GOSPORT brewery has revealed plans to increase its production by up to 300 per cent in the next 18 months.

Oakleaf Brewery plans to invest up to £200,000 in buying a new plant to double or triple production.

The announcement comes in the same week that its Quercus Folium beer has been featured as a guest beer at the Strangers’ Bar at the Palace of Westminster.

Ed Anderson, joint founder of the Gosport-based family business, says it, like other micro-breweries, is bucking the trend of falling beer sales because of a growing interest in real ales and locally-made food and drink.

He said: ‘It’s been fantastic.

‘This is the only growth sector in beer. Big brewers have been looking at us and asking what we’re doing right.’

The company will still be based at the Clarence Wharf Industrial Estate.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage introduced the beer to parliament.

She said: ‘It is vital to support local industries like Oakleaf Brewery which create unique products and bring growth and employment to our community.’