Hop Art Brewery in Farnham plans to brew a summer beer if Portsmouth wins the bid to host the opening stage of the 2019 Tour de France

Farnham-based Hop Art Brewery hope to produce a special cycling-themed beer should Portsmouth host the first stage of the Tour de France in 2019.

The southern city is preparing a bid to host the Grand Depart which has been encouraged by Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme and Hop Art co-founder Tony Scardarella is keen to produce a brew in honour of the event.

A keen cyclist himself, Tony told the Portsmouth News: “I have a passion for the sport, I’ve followed it for years. We could go with a continental beer – a Belgian or French style blonde.

“This is a summer event so that style of beer would work. ‘We would want to make something that’s light and refreshing for people.”

While the stage from Portsmouth probably wouldn’t travel as far north as Farnham, Tony hopes the race will head up into the South Downs to test the riders with some of Hampshire’s hills.

“Everyone, from a racing point of view, want to see hills,” he added. “The South Downs offers some lovely opportunities. What you don’t want is a completely flat race.”

  • @grayvelo

    I’ve got everything crossed that TdF comes to Hampshire, will be an amazing spectacle.

  • Hop Art Brewery

    Thanks Harri. Long way to go we need get the word out there.

  • Harri

    Love this. Good work Tony. The south need a few more people like you getting behind the Portsmouth bid!