From Wisbech to Westminster - how an Elgood’s beer made it way into the Strangers’ bar of the House of Commons

PUBLISHED: 10:22 22 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:53 22 July 2014

Belinda Sutton (Elgood’s MD), Steve Barclay MP, Alan Pateman (Elgood’s Head Brewer) and Paul Hegarty (All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group), in the Strangers’ Bar at the House of Commons

Belinda Sutton (Elgood’s MD), Steve Barclay MP, Alan Pateman (Elgood’s Head Brewer) and Paul Hegarty (All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group), in the Strangers’ Bar at the House of Commons

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Elgood and Sons of Wisbech raised a glass of its popular seasonal ale Buzz Light Beer at Westminster after NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay selected it as guest ale in the Strangers Bar of the House of Commons.

The beer, a 4% abv honey golden ale with Pale Ale Malt and English Sovereign hops, was enjoyed by the many MPs and other parliamentarians for whom the Strangers’ Bar is effectively their ‘local’.

Elgood’s MD, Belinda Sutton and Head Brewer Alan Pateman made the journey to London to toast the beer’s success.

Mr Barclay said: “Elgood’s 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.”

Ms Sutton said “We’re very proud of our beers and this was a great opportunity to spread the word about them beyond our usual area of trading.”

“We’d love to think that a pint of Buzz may have inspired some of our politicians to dream up ground-breaking new policies!”

Buzz Light Beer 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 Elgood’s belongs.

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