Dent beer on the way to The House Of Commons

A gift pack from Dent Brewery

A gift pack from Dent Brewery

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MPs, politicos and lobby hacks at the House Of Commons will soon be able to order a best-selling pint of ale brewed in Cumbria.

The legendary Strangers' Bar in the House of Commons is preparing to put the Dent-brewed Aviator on tap as a guest ale this summer.

The beer is described as amber-coloured with strong hints of citrus and a hoppy full flavour.

It's all the work of Lakes MP Tim Farron who has been pressing staff behind the bar to serve a Cumbrian beer.

He's now hoping some of the most famous faces in politics will give it a try.

Mr Farron said getting a beer on the pumps in the House is a 'rare privilege that not many breweries achieve.'

"It will be a pleasure to be able to bring Dent Brewery's beer to the Strangers bar in the House of Commons and I will be encouraging my colleagues to sample some Aviator ale.

"I am delighted that Dent Brewery ales are being brought to a wider market, and this is a great opportunity to support a local business. I hope I will be able to provide other local breweries with similar opportunities in the future."

Aviator Ale (four per cent) is brewed a couple of miles from the village of Dent in a corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park that is actually in Cumbria.

It is described as one of the most remote breweries in the country.

The Strangers bar serves a range of drinks - including House of Commons champagne at £30 a bottle, but always has a guest ale for people to try.

In November 2005, a number of MPs signed an early day motion calling for the return to the bar of Young's Ordinary Bitter after it was replaced with San Miguel.

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe was among those to add her name.


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