MPs get taste for Sheffield after ale sold in Commons

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A product of Sheffield’s burgeoning beer industry is now on sale in the Houses of Parliament in a bid to promote the city’s status as ‘real ale capital of Britain’.

Bees Knees Bitter, from Neepsend-based Blue Bee Brewery, is being sold in the Strangers’ Bar of the House of Commons this week only.

The deal was sealed with the help of Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

As well as arranging the sale, Paul had a hand in making the beer – having lent a hand to students from Sheffield University’s Real Ale Society who were working with the brewery to produce it.

Labour MP Mr Blomfield said: “Sheffield is the Real Ale capital of Britain and I’m delighted that we are able to celebrate this by having the beer on sale in Parliament.

“Brewing in Sheffield is a growing industry and a real success story for the city.

“I was delighted when the students at the Real Ale Society asked me to join in with their brewing and I’ll be encouraging my colleagues to sample some of Sheffield’s finest. It really is the Bees Knees.”

Nathan Rodgers, president of Sheffield University Real Ale Society, said: “Having our beer on sale in Parliament is a great thing to happen. It shows there is a remarkable interest in the real ale scene, in students and young people in general, going against the grain of the image of binge drinking normally associated with students.

“It’s a great way to showcase the best of Sheffield in one of the most famous places in the world. We’re very grateful to Mr Blomfield and his team for their continuing support.”