Local MP Ian Austin has been officially recognised by beer campaigners for his support for Britain’s beer drinkers and brewers.
Three groups have come together to choose MPs worthy of the Parliamentary Beer Champion award: 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 costs.
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 Fownes and Holdens, 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.”