Sadness as Gosport's Oakleaf Brewery reveals it is in administration

A POPULAR award-winning brewery has announced it has gone into administration after 16 years in business.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 9:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:05 pm
Some of the beer brewed at the Oakleaf Brewery in Gosport

Oakleaf Brewery has produced several award-winning ales but has announced it can no longer continue to trade.

A statement on Oakleaf’s Facebook page said: ‘It is with great sadness and regret that we must announce that The Oakleaf Brewing Co. Ltd. has gone into administration.

‘We will remain trading for as long as possible or until a buyer is found. Thank you to all our staff and customers for their loyal support and hard work over the last 16 years.

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‘Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. We gave it our very best shot to keep things going as long as we could.

‘It has been an amazing sixteen years and we have many superb memories. We hope to raise a glass (or more) with you all in the very near future.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage campaigned to get the beer in the House of Commons bar a few years ago and was sad to hear the news.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘It’s sad that the brewery has announced the news as it was Gosport’s own little microbrewery we were very proud to have in our town.

‘Nobody has been in touch and it was completely unexpected.

‘We know it can be tough for small businesses, especially in competitive markets, as they need to have a very high attraction rate.’

The Gosport-based business has claimed many prizes during its time. In 2011, its I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bitter product was crowned champion by leading ale group CAMRA in the Speciality Beer Class and they’ve also scooped scores of other prestigious awards over the years.

Oakleaf’s beers can be purchased in many pubs across the area and it reopened The Florist pub, in Fratton, last year as they hoped to rejuvenate the historic drinking den. Doing so, they became the only brewery in the area to operate a pub.