Dudley MP Ian Austin has been presented with a Beer Champion award for the second year running.
Austin has received 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.
The MP is also hosting a reception in Parliament to celebrate West Midlands brewers together with the Beer and Pub Association, with Dudley brewers Fownes Brewing Company attending.
Austin is well known for championing local pubs and brewers, successfully requesting that beers brewed in Dudley by Holdens and Fownes be served in Parliament. This year he has also campaigned to save the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley from being turned into a supermarket and is pushing for to reduce the price of a pint through a cut in beer duty.
Ian Austin said:
“I’m a big fan of locally brewed beer – not just as a consumer, but because of the business and jobs these brilliant local companies have created, so 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, Black Country Ales 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.”