24 OCT 2018

Bid to get village brewery's pints poured in Parliament

Pints made at a local village brewery could soon be poured in Parliament.

I have requested Strangers Bar in the House of Commons hosts one of Ripple Steam Brewery's beers as a guest ale. I want other MPs to see what proper beer tastes like after being given a tour by chief brewer Dave Cliff and the team.

Mr Cliff gave a detailed talk about the brewing process and how they use former dairy machinery to make their ales at their base in Sutton, near Deal.

I sampled the Deal Hop Farm Hopping M.A.D. Green Hop beer. The ale was "Made Around Deal" by 250 different people this year, producing 170 kilos of hops.

The Ripple Steam team then brewed the beer which has been served in local pubs in recent weeks.

The success of Deal Hop Farm underlines why independent brewers are so important. Dave and the Ripple Steam team do a fantastic job. So I'm trying to get one of their ales on tap at Strangers Bar in Parliament – so MPs can see what proper beer tastes like!

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