Victoria Prentis MP joins in celebrations for Beer Day Britain
On 15 June, beer lovers across the country raised a glass to say ‘Cheers to Beer’. A pop-up pub, The Britannia Arms, was set up by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, in the grounds of the Jewel Tower opposite the House of Commons. The Jewel Tower is brimming with history when it comes to beer – in the 19th century it is where the pint was officially recognized as the legal measure for draught beer.
MPs and peers were able to sample beer and pub food from across the UK and join in the celebrations.
Many of the most famous beer styles brewed around the world were invented in Britain, including Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and Stout. Beer Day Britain, now in its second year, looks to champion these British styles, and raise the profile of beer as Britain’s national drink, making people proud of Britain’s beer and pubs.
Beer Day Britain is supported by major organisations in the beer industry, including Britain’s Beer Alliance, the British Beer & Pub Association, Society of Independent Brewers, Campaign for Real Ale, Cask Marque and others, and was instigated by Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton.
Victoria said: “We are really lucky in our area to have lots of great pubs, as well as the famous Hook Norton Brewery. Many of my constituents will have met me on one of my ‘Pub Tours’ which have taken place around North Oxfordshire. Pubs and beer are at the heart of British culture, and it’s great to have a day to celebrate them.”