Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company raised a glass of its popular Narrow Gauge at the seat of Government recently, after local MP Andrew Selous chose it as the week’s guest ale in the Strangers’ Bar, sited inside the House of Commons.
The beer, a 3.9% refreshingly dry and hoppy golden ale, was enjoyed by the many MPs and other parliamentarians for whom the Strangers’ Bar is effectively their ‘local’.
Brewer and owner of the brewery Jon d’Este-Hoare and his wife Amber made the journey to London to share a pint with Mr Selous, who said: “It has been a pleasure to bring this fine beer from my constituency to Westminster and introduce my colleagues in Westminster to a taste of South Bedfordshire.
“It is fantastic that Jon and Amber have launched the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company this summer and I admire their determination and enterprise in setting up this new business and wish the business all the best for the future.”
Jon said: “We were delighted that Narrow Gauge was selected for the Strangers’ Bar and very grateful to Andrew Selous and the team at the bar for making it happen. We’re very proud of our beers and although we have only been trading for a short time we have been receiving fantastic feedback on them and this was a great opportunity to spread the word about them.”
He added: “We’d love to think that a pint of Narrow Gauge may have inspired some of our politicians to dream up ground-breaking new policies, but we are nonetheless delighted that so many MPs enjoyed drinking it.”
Narrow Gauge 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, to which the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company belongs.
Jon said: “We brew a core range of four beers at our brewery off Grovebury Road and have already won our first award for our beer with our black IPA ‘Rebel Yell’ recently being voted beer of the festival at the Milton Keynes CAMRA beer festival.
“We operate a shop at the brewery on a Saturday open 10am – 4pm which provides a great opportunity to meet and discuss our beer with our ‘regulars’ as well meet those who travel some really quite impressive distances to visit and buy our beer.”