A watermelon-infused beer nudged ahead of the competition to take the top spot at the 2017 Great British Homebrew Challenge.

The competition, which is organised by Waitrose in partnership with Thornbridge Brewery and Brew UK, sets out to find the best home-brewed beer in the country.

This year a German-style Gose named ‘Mr Smith Gose to’, was chosen as the winning recipe by a panel of experts including Thornbridge’s head brewer Rob Lovatt, and Waitrose beer buyer, Sarah Hammond. The beer will be brewed by Thornbridge and sold at Waitrose shops throughout the country.

This year the winning beer was brewed by Stoke Newington resident Josh, who has been brewing at home for five years.

He said: “The beer was inspired by a watermelon, feta and mint salad recipe I really like. Watermelon works so well with salty flavours and I naturally made the connection to Gose, a sour and salty beer. I had tried Mello watermelon juice form Waitrose and was impressed by how much flavour it had, so used that in my beer. I am so excited for Waitrose customers to try it, as I think it’s quite unusual. This beer can be made into Mexican inspired cocktails too, like Michelada, and is also delicious mixed with tequila and lime.”

Lovatt noted: “This beer really stood out amongst very strong competition in the final judging stage, with the level of quality instantly shining through. We have been brewing quite a few sour beers recently, but not with watermelon yet, so this will be a very interesting one for us.”

Hammond added: “I always look forward to judging on this panel, as the beers created in this country by people in their kitchens and sheds are always so innovative and fun. This beer is no exception and is the first watermelon beer we have launched.”

The tasting notes describe the beer as: “juicy watermelon flavours combine perfectly with the lemony Gose. Brilliantly refreshing and fruity with a salty, sharp twang, this is a fantastic twist on this traditional German style.”

The Great British Homebrew Challenge is now in its fourth year.