A WANNABE brewer has been shortlisted in the finals of a national ale invention contest.
Mark Oakley (38) was picked by Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn as one of nine top entries into their Imagine & Gunn flavour-finding competition.
The contest asks drinkers to suggest unusual flavourings for a limited-edition beer, which the winner will help to cook up at Innis & Gunn’s Perth brewery.
Mark, of Dovedale Road, Herringthorpe, suggested adding cherries to a barrel-aged ale giving a “rich, fruity depth of flavour, creating a warm, balanced beer”.
The idea impressed industry judges and, if he wins a public vote, his brainchild could be on shelves next summer.
Mark said: “I’ve got two passions - competitions and real ale. When I got an email about this contest, I had to enter.
“Cherry beer is a particular favourite of mine. And as Innis & Gunn are well-known for ageing their beer in barrels, giving them a smoky flavour.
“I thought the sweetness of cherries would balance that taste out quite nicely. It’s really just something that would appeal to me.”
To be in with a chance of winning, Mark needs people to vote for his idea on the Innis & Gunn website.
The finalist with the most votes cast before 5pm on December 11 will have their beer dreams become a reality.
Visit www.innisandgunn.com for more information — and to support Mark’s shot at brewing history.