Dudley MP Ian Austin has been presented with a Beer Champion award by Jonothan Holden, Managing Director of Holden’s Brewery.
Austin is receiving the award for his work in support of Britain’s beer drinkers and brewers, including his support for campaigns from the Campaign for Real Ale, the British Beer & Pub Association and the Society of Independent Brewers.
Austin is well known for championing local brewers, recently successfully requesting that locally produced Fownes beer be served in Parliament. He also successfully campaigned for reducing the price of a pint through a cut in beer duty, and has called for changes to allow all pubs to buy beer on the open market to further reduce the price of a pint.
Ian Austin said:
“I’m delighted to have worked with pubs and brewers on their successful campaigns to safeguard the future of local brewing.
“The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain like Holdens and Fownes, and brilliant pubs like the Courthouse and the Jolly Crispin.
“Measures such as the beer duty cut will protect jobs, keep the price of a pint down and keep pubs open.”