Hook Norton Brewery’s Hooky Beer appeared in an unfamiliar location on Monday, March 2 – the Houses Of Parliament.
The brewery was responsible for setting up and running a bar at an event for members of both Houses organised by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
The BBPA invited MPs from across the Midlands as well as key members of the House Of Lords, including former South Northants MP Lord Boswell, with the aim to understand the role breweries and pubs play in the economies of their constituencies .
Hooky operations manager Bruce Benyon, who along with Drayman Tristan Watkins set up and ran the bar, said: “As we were bringing beer into the Houses Of Parliament we had to go through some rigorous security checks. Notwithstanding the current climate, a chap called Guy Fawkes tried to bring some barrels into Parliament some time ago and there was absolutely no beer in them.
“We were able to talk to the MPs and Lords at length both about the beers we were offering but also about the massive tax burden borne by pubs and breweries. We also spoke about the fact that pubs employ many people in their constituencies, including giving many young people their first taste of paid employment. It was also great to get positive feedback on the quality of the Hooky we were serving, and I would like to think there was a cross party majority in favour of our beer, even without a formal vote.”
BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds added: “Beer is a Midlands success story; a manufacturing success story and politically important too. Our recent polling by YouGov found that a staggering 86 per cent of voters wanted to see a reduction or freeze in taxes on pubs.”