Arkell's has unveiled a new beer named after its founder.

The Stratton-based brewery has introduced a four per cent ABV Nitro Best Bitter called Honest John which combines the soft texture of cask-conditioned ale with the caramel-toffee flavours of a best bitter poured conveniently through a keg tap.

Head brewer Alex Arkell said: “Honest John was the name by which our founder was affectionately know locally. 

"He was an innovator who embraced steam technology when building his brewhouse, at a time when steam was the new kid on the block! 

"You could call him the original steam punk!”

Mayor of Swindon Barbara Parry helped unveil the new tipple by pouring its inaugural pint while visiting the Kingsdown brewery.

Cllr Parry said: "I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Arkell’s Brewery and was truly inspired by the passion and dedication of the Arkell family and their team.

"Their commitment to traditional brewing methods and their contributions to the local community make Arkell’s Brewery a true Swindon treasure."

The latest Arkell's product aims to suit clubs, bars, restaurants and hotels where cask beer is not an option due to its limited shelf life or a lack of space.

The beer is filtered and uses nitrogen gas which prolongs its life.

Honest John is available now in 30 litre kegs for purchase directly from the brewery as well as on tap in participating pubs.