Tower Brewery marks more than 500 beers in Parliament
The Tower Brewery in Burton on Trent raised a glass of its popular Tower Bitter at the seat of Government recently after local MP Andrew Griffiths chose its beer as the week’s guest ale in the Strangers’ Bar, sited inside the House of Commons.
Andrew Griffiths, Conservative MP for Burton on Trent and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group said “It has been a pleasure to bring this fine beer to Westminster and introduce my colleagues to a taste of Burton. Burton is the UK’s brewing capital, boasting six breweries and 128 pubs and employing over 4000 people. Beer has been brewed in the town for over a 1000 years. No wonder its beers are so popular!
“The Tower Brewery is a real asset to our constituency, brewing wonderful craft beers, providing jobs for local people and supporting other businesses including the pubs that are at the heart of our local communities.”
The owner and head brewer of the Tower Brewery, John Mills said, “We were delighted that our Tower Bitter was selected for the Strangers’ Bar and grateful to Andrew Griffiths and the team at the Strangers’ bar for making it happen. We’re very proud of our beers and this was a great opportunity to spread the word on a national stage.”
Will Conway, Supervisor of the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons said “Over 500 different beers have been served since we introduced the MPs’ guest ale programme to the Strangers’ Bar over ten years ago. We have stocked beers from Cornwall to Scotland – and from the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Man. MPs take enormous pride in being able to share excellent beers from their constituency with their Parliamentary colleagues and the guest beers have grown enormously in popularity; particularly during the current Parliament.
Any brewer who wants his beer served in the House of Commons Bar just has to speak to his local MP who can request that staff in Strangers’ order it. We will then do everything we can to obtain it. The whole process is tried and tested – and best of all, extremely simple!
Tower Bitter was made available in the Strangers’ Bar as part of a scheme run by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and the Society of Independent Brewers, the organisation that represents more than 700 of the UK’s smaller brewers.