Sheffield students’ real ale set to be served in Commons

Brewers Richard and Andy, from Blue Bee Brewery, Nathan Rodgers and MP Paul Blomfield.
Brewers Richard and Andy, from Blue Bee Brewery, Nathan Rodgers and MP Paul Blomfield.
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WHEN it comes to best bitter, this beer is the Bees Knees!

Students from Sheffield University have created a brew so brilliant it’s going on sale soon in the House of Commons.

The team – part of Sheffield Student Union’s Real Ale Society – brewed 2,500 pints of Bees Knees Bitter at the Blue Bee Brewery in Neepsend.

The four per cent ale was prepared with the help of Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, a keen supporter of the city’s thriving microbrewing industry.

The beer is being officially launched today at the Student Union - and will soon be on sale across Sheffield and beyond.

Paul is to make sure Bees Knees will also be available in the Strangers’ Bar at the Commons.

Society president Nathan Rodgers said: “Taking a beer made by students in Sheffield to the bar in the House of Commons in Westminster is an incredible prospect.

“Real Ale is often overlooked, but it’s a big industry in Sheffield.

“In fact the Sheffield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale found Sheffield was the beer capital of the UK, so it’s interesting to see how Sheffield, the former Steel City, has forged itself into this new artisan and cultural trade of brewing, with more than ten different microbreweries in Sheffield.

“It’s really good to see a trade bucking the trend of the recession.”

Nathan added: “Also, Sheffield is the only place in the UK to have the CAMRA best national pub in the UK two years in a row – so it not only makes great beer, it also has many great and unique venues that sell the stuff.”

Mr Blomfield visited the Blue Bee Brewery to try his hand at brewing, mixing the ingredients and throwing the hops into the new beer.

He said: “It’s not every day that the opportunity to brew beer comes along, so I was delighted when the University of Sheffield’s Real Ale Society asked me to join in with their brewing.

“Sheffield’s growing micro-brewing industry is a real local success story so the plan is to promote this success by having the beer sold at Westminster as well as across Sheffield.”

Nathan added: “By brewing our beer, it’s a way of taking the anonymity out of that glass the barman gives you in the pub.

“The drink has its own little story in a way – from the ingredients, to the farmers that grew the crops, to the people who made it.”