The move to new premises being considered by the Wickwar microbrewery in Gloucestershire looks like being a certainty after it beat dozens of competitors yesterday to win the Tesco Autumn Beer Challenge, which guarantees it a boost in production.

The supermarket's twice-yearly competition for new bottled beers attracted a record number of more than 90 entries in the two categories, for large (over 10,000 barrels a year) and small brewers.

Wickwar won the small brewers category with a 6% ABV bottle-conditioned beer called Mr Perrett's Traditional Stout, named after one of the partners in the brewery that operated in the village until 1924, Arnold, Perrett & Co.

The large brewers section was won by Shepherd Neame, the Kentish family brewer, with an as-yet unnamed pale ale, again at 6% ABV.

Both companies were delighted with their victories, with Shep's general manager for take-home beers, Gary Wells, declaring: "I'm over the moon. We've been trying to win this competition since it started five years ago. It's not just the boost in volume it gives you û it's the kudos." Ray Perry, managing director of Wickwar, which started production in 1990, said winning the competition was going to bring forward the brewery's move to larger premises.

The brief from Tesco for the competition was to produce a "distinctive, quaffable beer appropriate for the time of year", and the winning beers will be on sale in hundreds of Tesco stores from October to April.

Four of the country's top 20 best selling bottled ales started life as winners of the Tesco Beer Challenge. Judges for this autumn's final included the beer writer Michael Jackson, the food writer and journalist Sue Novak, and the managing editor of martin Information, Martyn Cornell