South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, has arranged for beer brewed at a micropub in Sowell Street, Broadstairs, to be sold in the Strangers’ Bar in the Houses of Parliament.
The Strangers' Bar currently has six casks of Four Candles East Kent Bitter. Of the 326 brews the micropub has created, East Kent Goldings and Target hops are at the heart of the full-bodied4.4% bitter being offered to MPs, Lords and Parliamentary staff.
As Britain's Smallest Brewpub, the Four Candles Alehouse can only brew 11 casks of each batch. They have been running for six years and brewing for four.
Four Candles boss, Mike Beaumont, commented:
“It was suggested a while back by our MP, Craig Mackinlay, who put a word in with the bar’s manager.
“We’re hoping that a drop of the good stuff will ease the pain of the Brexit negotiations.
“It’s probably a one-off as the bars in Parliament offer lots of different beers, but this opportunity is a first for The Four Candles Alehouse as Britain’s smallest Brewhouse.
"It was a great surprise to be asked and a privilege to be able to send our beer here."
Craig Mackinlay MP, added:
“I’m delighted for Mike that Four Candles’ beer is being sold in the House of Commons Strangers’ Bar.
“I hope that this opportunity for a local brew to be served in Parliament sets Mike up for further success.
“Mike’s excellent ale was very well received by all who tried it.
“I was very pleased to help a growing and successful business from Broadstairs.”