Gosport brewery commissioned to produce beer for Wetherspoons

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A GOSPORT brewery has been commissioned to produce a craft beer for pub giant Wetherspoon.

The Oakleaf Brewing Company in Mumby Road has made a hoppy-style red beer called Crimson Tide, which is to be served in the company’s venues across Portsmouth and Gosport.

Oakleaf sales representative Martyn Constable says it is the first time Wetherspoon has requested a craft beer from a small brewery.

Crimson Tide – which has an alcohol strength of 4.6 per cent – will be unveiled at The Lord Palmerston in Palmerston Road, Southsea, on Wednesday at 1pm.

Wetherspoon and Oakleaf bosses will get together to talk at the launch.

Martyn said: ‘It’s a prominent feather in the cap.

‘It’s the first time Wetherspoon has asked a brewery of our size to do this sort of thing. It’s further proof we have got a thriving ale scene that is growing and diversifying all the time.’

Oakleaf has taken on an extra member of staff in the sales team as it continues to grow.

Martyn said: ‘These are definitely exciting times at Oakleaf. It’s a brewery that’s growing all the time.’

Last year, Oakleaf produced an Over The Top beer to commemorate the beginning of the First World War.

The drink was a Belgian-style red ale to reflect the colour of poppies, and the fact battles during the four-year war were fought in Belgium.

Its bottle strength was seven per cent, and on draught it was slightly weaker at 5.3 per cent.

Brewery co-owner Dave Pickersgill, who served in the army for 25 years, came up with the idea.