Ilkley Brewery is hoping to highlight the plight of pubs to MPs, as its "Save the Pub Beer" was put on tap in the House of Commons Strangers' Bar.
Its "Save the Pub" ale will be enjoyed by MPs in support of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub group chaired by North West Leeds MP, Greg Mulholland, who helped secure a place in the Commons for the beer.
In recent years, the parliamentary group has been lobbying Government to come up with changes to help keep local pubs alive and well, including rules to try and stop developers closing down profitable pubs.
Mulholland said: "The Save the Pub Group has worked tirelessly over the past three years, seeking to preserve and protect the Great British pub, which plays such an important part of this country's history and heritage and is hugely important to the communities they serve. It is great to get together and toast our success and have the group's hard work recognised.
"I was delighted to welcome Ilkley Brewery down to Westminster to join the Save the Pub Group in celebrating our third anniversary with a pint of their specially brewed Save the Pub ale. I hope my colleagues will take the opportunity, whilst the Save the Pub ale is on, to get down to Strangers' and enjoy a pint and show their support for the Great British pub!
"The Save the Pub Group will, however, not be resting on our laurels and will continue being a strong voice for the British pub in Westminster and nationally for years to come."
Stewart Ross, one of Ilkley Brewery's directors, said: "As a small brewery in a thriving town, we are continually reminded of the value local pubs bring to communities. Not only do they provide employment and support local food and drink producers, they offer a communal hub for people who live in the area and help build stronger and closer communities.
"We hope our 'Save the Pub' beer helps to raise awareness of some of the issues the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub group is addressing and that we start to see an upturn in pubs' prosperity across the land."
Pictured (left to right) are: Richard Shelton from Ilkley Brewery, Kris Hopkins MP for Keighley & Ilkley, Greg Mulholland MP for North West Leeds and Stewart Ross from Ilkley Brewery.
By Neil Gerrard
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