Upham Brewery Invited to Showcase Ales at the Palace of Westminster
Upham Brewery, based in Hampshire, will be showcasing its range of leading ales in the House of Commons in June as part of ‘Hampshire in Westminster’ – an event to celebrate food and drink produce from the region. To coincide with the event, Upham’s popular ‘Tipster’ ale will also be the guest beer in the Palace of Westminster’s famous Strangers’ Bar throughout the week.
Organised by local MP’s and Hampshire Fare, who promote produce from the county, the event will give Upham the opportunity to showcase its staple ales and current seasonal special, Sprinter, and invite MP’s, Parliamentary staff and their guests to sample them. Upham will be among a select group of 18 Hampshire-based food and drink producers, and tourism organisations attending the event.
Crafted at Upham’s base on Stakes Farm near Winchester in the heart of the South Downs, the ales being showcased are all named after a racing theme following the heritage of the farm. They are: Punter, a 4% ABV mid-range bitter; Tipster, a refreshing golden ale with a 3.6% ABV; Stakes, a premium bitter which provides a kick with a 4.8% ABV; and Sprinter, Upham’s vibrant, deep golden summer seasonal with a 3.8% ABV.
The Tipster ale will also be served to customers in Westminster’s Strangers’ Bar from Monday 9 June to Sunday 15 June. It’s the first time that one of Upham’s ales will have been stocked in the bar.
The popularity of both Upham’s staple and specially-brewed seasonal ales have helped the company to become the south of England’s fastest growing craft brewery since brewing its first pint in 2009. The brewery now supplies over 250 stockists, including leading pubs, hotels and local Majestic and Co-op stores as well as to its own group of 8 pubs and inns across Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex and Wiltshire.
David Butcher, Director of Upham Brewery, said: “Upham is proud to champion Hampshire where both our brewery and several of our pubs are located. Hampshire is rich in local food and drink produce and we’re delighted to be accompanying some of our finest from all corners of the county on centre stage in Westminster.”
Caroline Nokes, Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North, said: “I’m really looking forward to welcoming Upham Brewery to Strangers’ Bar. Coupled with the ‘Hampshire in Westminster’ event, this will be a fantastic way to profile one of the region’s leading growth businesses to my colleagues and the many guests at Westminster. Upham Brewery and its group of pubs are rooted in Hampshire and, as a representative for the county, I’m delighted to support them and I look forward to following their success.”