BEER lovers have come up with the perfect concoction for the summer with the release of a brew made to support the area's community pubs.

Oxfordshire's Community Pub Network has followed up on the release of the first batch of the hugely successful 'Community Endeavour' beer by re-jigging the recipe for the warmer months.

Some 2,500 pints of the new IPA have been delivered to nine pubs across the county and are now being served to thirsty customers.

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The latest brew was made by Little Oxbrew, the new partnership between local brewers Little Ox and Oxbrew, and launched at the Oxbrew bar in Langdale Gate, Witney, last Friday.

Graham Shelton, the spokesman for the pub network, said: "It is going down a storm so far.

"It’s a stunning, light, session IPA following a similar recipe to Yabba Dabba Doo, the top prize winner at the last Oxford Beer Festival.

Oxford Mail:

"We've made 30 casks and they have almost all gone already."

The first Community Endeavour was launched before Christmas and was intended to get independent pubs and brewers working together in a tough economic climate.

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Breweries often struggle to get their drinks into pubs because many of them are tied to national chains, meaning the stock they can offer is limited.

The network was founded to get pubs which have been rescued by members of the community working together on shared initiatives.

The Crown in South Moreton, which is gearing up for its re-opening this weekend, is the latest to join and will offer the new drink for sale from Saturday.

Making up the rest of the network are The Red Lion in Northmoor, The Seven Stars in Marsh Baldon, The Abingdon Arms in Beckley, The White Hart in Wolvercote, The Ampleforth Arms in Risinghurst, The Bull in Great Milton, The Plough at Great Haseley and The Plough in West Hanney.

Mr Shelton added: "It is such a nice partnership between tiny businesses who need to help each other out.

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"Brewers need to get on the bar but it is an ultra competitive environment.

"On the other hand, smaller pubs in tucked away places are looking to find new ways of getting people in.

"By working together, both can be successful."

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Mr Shelton said the network now plan to spend the summer enjoying the new beer before looking to organise an event to further showcase what they do in the autumn.

Seasonal brews of Community Endeavour are planned to suit the weather and temperament of the time of year and plans are already underfoot for autumn/winter.

Mr Shelton said the choice of an IPA this time was in part inspired by the history of the drink.

He said: "It was designed to be transported all the way to India so they were made quite strong.

"The plan was to dilute them when they got there.

"Ours is already a sensible strength so doesn't need to be diluted.

"It's ideal for a pub garden in the summer time.

"Once you have had a couple, you won't feel the cold."