MPs fill Strangers’ Bar to toast success of ‘Sajid’s Choice’
MPs flocked to the Strangers’ Bar recently to enjoy a pint of ‘Sajid’s Choice’, the beer brewed for Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid by his local brewer, Bird’s Brewery of Bromsgrove.
The 3.8% ale was brewed for Javid to commemorate the historic decision to cut beer duty, announced in this year’s Budget, in which he played a crucial role. Over the course of the evening, 65 Conservative MPs joined Javid to sample Sajid’s Choice.
Bird’s Brewery founder Chris Bird, who travelled to London to drink a pint of his beer with his MP, said, “Britain has a long tradition of brewing beers to celebrate special occasions and we felt that the first cut in beer duty since 1959 deserved to be marked in this way. Our brewery’s location in Sajid’s constituency made us the obvious candidate to thank him with beer and we’re delighted that he was able to join us for one of the first pints in the Strangers’ Bar.”
Keith Bott, chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), of which Bird’s Brewery is a member, said, “We’re grateful to Bird’s for creating Sajid’s Choice and pleased that so many MPs came into Strangers’ Bar to enjoy a pint and celebrate the beer duty cut with Sajid.
“All SIBA members played an important part in the industry’s campaign to end the beer duty escalator, primarily by engaging with their MPs and showing them how this would help local pubs and breweries to thrive. We’re grateful to them and to the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, led by Andrew Griffiths.”